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Title

Angel with trumpet

1961

Artist

John Perceval

Australia

01 Feb 1923 - 15 Oct 2000

Alternate image of Angel with trumpet by John Perceval
Alternate image of Angel with trumpet by John Perceval
Alternate image of Angel with trumpet by John Perceval
Alternate image of Angel with trumpet by John Perceval
Alternate image of Angel with trumpet by John Perceval
Alternate image of Angel with trumpet by John Perceval
Alternate image of Angel with trumpet by John Perceval
  • Details

    Other Titles
    The trumpeter
    Trumpeting angel
    Date
    1961
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    glazed earthenware
    Dimensions
    45.0 x 15.0 x 15.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l side, 'Perceval/ 61'

    Credit
    Mollie Douglas Bequest Fund 2020
    Location
    20th & 21st c Australian art
    Accession number
    76.2020
    Copyright
    © Estate of John Perceval

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  • About

    John Perceval is one of Australia’s best-known artists, a member of the Angry Penguins group of modernist artists, who brashly attempted to shake up the entrenched cultural establishment of Australian art in the 1940s and whose members included Joy Hester, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Albert Tucker. Perceval’s painting is known for its direct gestural qualities, with a use of impasto and expressive brushwork the defining characteristics, and a focus on landscapes, portraits and still lifes, vocally eschewing abstraction as a member of the Antipodeans group in the 1950s.

    The significant ceramics component to Perceval’s output is his series of ceramic angels, made between 1957 and 1962 and not only among his most well-known works but considered to be among the most important series of works of Australian modernism, alongside Nolan’s ‘Kelly’ series and Tucker’s ‘Images of modern evil’. In distinctive red and green glaze, these angels are Perceval’s way of exploring the terrestrial and the heavenly. The angels are highly expressive, sometimes cheeky and playful, sometimes menacing, and can be viewed as Perceval’s outlet for interrogating the psyche. It has also been noted that the bellybuttons of the angels, including 'Angel with trumpet' are unusually large and eye catching, drawing attention to the motherly bond, or perhaps indicating a third eye, or ‘mind’s eye’ providing perception beyond ordinary sight. Angel with trumpet is one of a number of works in the series to focus on the playing of a musical instrument, suggestive of creativity and mastery.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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