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Title

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

1999-2001

Artist

Robert MacPherson

Australia

1937 -

Alternate image of "Mayfair: four signs, 4 paintings (Jonagold) for B.H. & J.W." by Robert MacPherson
Alternate image of "Mayfair: four signs, 4 paintings (Jonagold) for B.H. & J.W." by Robert MacPherson
Alternate image of "Mayfair: four signs, 4 paintings (Jonagold) for B.H. & J.W." by Robert MacPherson
Alternate image of "Mayfair: four signs, 4 paintings (Jonagold) for B.H. & J.W." by Robert MacPherson
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Brisbane Queensland Australia
    Date
    1999-2001
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on hardboard
    Dimensions
    91.0 cm x 388.9 cm board overall :

    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
    Copyright
    © Robert MacPherson

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    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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Brisbane

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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