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Rabir Kirtan



John Peart


10 Dec 1945 – 30 Sep 2013

Alternate image of Rabir Kirtan by John Peart
Alternate image of Rabir Kirtan by John Peart
Alternate image of Rabir Kirtan by John Peart
Alternate image of Rabir Kirtan by John Peart
  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    170.0 x 280.0 x 4.5 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated u.l. verso on canvas, black pencil or crayon ".../ John Peart/ 1982/ ...".

    Gift of by Frank Watters 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of John Peart

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  • About

    John Peart is regarded as one of Australian art's most accomplished abstract painters. Peart's visit to India and discovery of eastern philosophies in the mid-1970s had a profound impact on his life and work. In his own words: "Certain philosophical ideas have spurred my enthusiasm for working: Indian philosophy out of Hinduism and Buddhism …historically, early abstraction grew out of philosophical and spiritual aspirations, and that is part of my artistic heritage" [1]. The influence of these beliefs in Peart's works can be seen in the repetitious and freely applied layers and daubs of paint in 'Rabir Kirtan'. It is a work of monumental and poetic complexity that nonetheless looks as it was executed spontaneously in a meditative state.

    1. John Peart quoted in John Peart paintings 1964-2004, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2004, p 19

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by John Peart

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