'Translucent' demonstrates Margo Lewers’ sophisticated use of colour and her commitment to geometric abstraction. It highlights her preoccupation with light, particularly as a means of exploring issues of depth and spatial ambiguities. These concerns led her, around 1971, to create a series of brilliantly coloured plexiglass sculptures which explored the reflections of movement, colour, form and shadow, induced by light.
Lewers studied in London in 1934, where she was influenced by leading abstract artists including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson. Upon her return to Sydney she became active, with sculptor-husband Gerald Lewers, in the Sydney branch of the Contemporary Art Society of Australia, which was committed to the propagation of modernist ideas.
oil on hardboard
40.6 x 66.0 cm board; 56.0 x 81.2 x 2.4 cm frame :
sight, 39.7 x 64.7 cm, SIGHT DIMENSION
Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, incised "MARGO LEWERS". Not dated.
Not on display
© Estate of the artist
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Orban studio: 20th anniversary exhibition of paintings by past and present students (1961), Vickery's Galleries, Sydney, 26 Oct 1961–02 Nov 1961
Third Annual Australian Arts and crafts exhibition (1964), Glenbrook School of Arts, Glenbrook, 17 Apr 1964–18 Apr 1964
Margo Lewers retrospective:
Referenced in 3 publications
Pamela Bell, Margo Lewers Retrospective, Sydney, 2002. cat.no. 5; dated c.1951; not paginated
Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Orban Studio: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Sydney, 1961. cat.no. 87; Kindly lent by the Art Gallery of N.S.W.; not paginated
Glenbrook School of Arts, Third Annual Australian Arts and crafts exhibition (1964), Blue Mountains, 1964. no catalogue number