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Anne Judell


1942 –

Alternate image of Breath by Anne Judell
Alternate image of Breath by Anne Judell
Alternate image of Breath by Anne Judell
Alternate image of Breath by Anne Judell
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Robertson New South Wales Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    pastel, graphite, black gesso on paper
    52.0 x 37.0 cm each sheet; 73.0 x 56.0 x 3.5 cm each frame :

    a - left panel, 52 x 37 cm

    b - centre panel, 52 x 37 cm

    c - right panel, 52 x 37 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed verso each sheet.

    Gift of the Trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 2012
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Anne Judell

    Reproduction requests

    Dobell Prize for Drawing
    Winner - 2011
    Artist information
    Anne Judell

    Works in the collection


  • About

    'The chosen work demands attention by calling softly. In a world of clashes and chaos, this work speaks of something different. With dense layers and subtle surfaces it talks of the mystery of growth, of essences and fragility, of quiet
    contemplation. It is like a thought once understood and lost, which one tries to grasp again.' (Guy Warren, 2011).

    Anne Judell’s 'Breath' evokes smoke, drifting clouds, organic entities or simply the ineffable. Although she looks closely at nature, Judell stated that in 'Breath' she was ‘exploring a way to show the fundamental truth of matter’. Her principal interest lies in the connection between ancient Buddhist wisdom and current scientific discoveries in quantum physics, in the constant formation and dissolution of molecules. She says, ‘I work very lightly with many many layers of pastel until some form asserts itself. This is then refined with graphite and more layers. I’m attempting to reach that very elusive point where they are neither form nor formless.’ For Judell, the drawing describes an emotional state and is, in essence, abstract. She feels that it is necessary to give time to the work, to allow it to be felt, to resonate with the viewer. She states on the subject of her practice that, ‘art, for me, is the mystery itself, as well as the means to explore the mystery’.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 17 publications

Other works by Anne Judell

See all 11 works