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Title

"Mayfair: four signs, 4 paintings (Jonagold) for B.H. & J.W."

1999-2001


Artist

Robert MacPherson

Australia

1937 -


About

This work, "Mayfair: four signs, 4 paintings (Jonagold) for B.H. & J.W.", belongs to Robert MacPherson's celebrated 'Mayfair' series (instigated in 1983, and resumed again in 2013), which encompasses text, sculpture and installation pieces, and monochromatic paintings featuring imagery and lettering appropriated from signage found in suburbia and regional towns throughout Australia. The 'Mayfair' paintings combine MacPherson's abiding interest in pop art and post-painterly abstraction with his aesthetic appreciation of work perceived to be menial, specifically signwriting. In his own words: 'The sign painters do most of the things a traditional high-art painter would do. Their signs have superior position to mine their works have a purpose – like the bison or kangaroo painters, 'Paint one today, kill it tomorrow'. My intent pulls it into a world of no function. I take that purpose away and by elevating it to the context of art, I legitimise what they do, it's good fun doing it' [1].

1. Robert MacPherson quoted in interview with Ewen McDonald, The painter's reach, QAGOMA, Brisbane, 2015, pp 81-82


Details


Place where the work was made

Brisbane Queensland Australia


Date

1999-2001


Media category

Painting


Materials used

Dulux weathershield acrylic on masonite


Dimensions

four panels: 122 x 91 cm each :

a - panel 1, 122 x 91 cm

b - panel 2, 122 x 91 cm

c - panel 3, 122 x 91 cm

d - panel 4, 122 x 91 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. verso [part a], black fibre-tipped pen ".../ .../ 1999-2001/ R. MACPHERSON .../ .../ .../ .../ .../ .../ .../ .../ ...".


Credit

Anonymous gift 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

560.2018.a-d


Artist information

Robert MacPherson

Works in the collection

14


Place

Where the work was made
Brisbane

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Robert MacPherson: The painter's reach, South Bank, 2015, 32, 134 (colour illus.), 197. cat.no. 25