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Title

Still Life: West Australian gum blossoms

1985

Artist

Vicki Varvaressos

Australia

07 Sep 1949 -

Alternate image of Still Life: West Australian gum blossoms by Vicki Varvaressos
Alternate image of Still Life: West Australian gum blossoms by Vicki Varvaressos
Alternate image of Still Life: West Australian gum blossoms by Vicki Varvaressos
  • Details

    Date
    1985
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on hardboard
    Dimensions
    122.7 x 91.5 cm board; 125.4 x 94.3 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner, blue/green synthetic polymer paint "VV 85".
    Signed and dated upper c. verso on hardboard, white synthetic polymer paint "VICKI VARVARESSOS/ 1985".

    Credit
    Gift of Frank Watters 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    38.2018
    Copyright
    © Vicki Varvaressos

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  • About

    Vicki Varvaressos belongs to a significant generation of artists who addressed women's issues in their work during the 1970s and early 80s. In her paintings from this period, such as 'Allure: What is it - Who’s got it' 1985, Varvaressos drew attention to how women were often misrepresented in the media by satirising their portrayal in glossy lifestyle magazines. From the mid-1980s, Varvaressos abandoned social commentary in her work for more traditional and introspective genres such as portraits and still-lifes. In 'Still Life: West Australian gum blossoms' 1985, Varvaressos pays homage to fellow pioneering woman painter in Australian art: Margaret Preston. This painting has its origin in an exhibition organised by the education department at the AGNSW in 1985 where contemporary artists were invited to create a work in response to Preston's 'Western Australian gum blossom' 1928.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Frank's flat, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, 27 May 2011–17 Jul 2011

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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