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Gravel works, Richmond NSW

(circa 1937-circa 1939)


Hector Gilliland


30 Dec 1911 – 20 Apr 2002

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Gravel Works, Richmond
    (circa 1937-circa 1939)
    Media category
    Materials used
    pencil, watercolour on ivory wove paper
    28.5 x 38.9 cm sheet (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., grey watercolour "GILLILAND". Not dated.
    Signed u.r. verso on paper, pencil ".../ Hector Gilliland/.../ ...".

    inscribed, lower centre, pencil “”

    Gift of Juliet Lockhart in memory of John Lockhart AO QC 2008
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Hector Gilliland
    Artist information
    Hector Gilliland

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Hector Gilliland was born in Tasmania and studied art at the East Sydney Technical College, Sydney 1935-40, Canberra University 1946-48 and in Europe in the 1950s. He also taught art in Sydney between 1959 and 1977. He was a founding member of the 'Sydney 9' group of abstractionists in 1961, which also included Olsen, Rapotec, Meadmore and Plate.

    Gilliland is best known for his watercolours, from freely handled landscapes of the late 1930s, through to the austere geometric abstractions of the late 1970s. His restrained aesthetic and sophisticated abstraction stood him apart from his contemporaries and encouraged the development of a more robust approach to watercolour. His work was the subject of an important monograph by Bruce James and Robyn Martin-Weber in 2000.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

Other works by Hector Gilliland

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