- Place where the work was made
- Media category
- Materials used
- oil on plywood
- 51.0 x 96.5 cm
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. "H. MAUDSLEY 1975".
- Gift of the artist 2022. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Helen Maudsley
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Helen Maudsley’s deeply autobiographical and complex paintings and drawings are reflections on human relationships and the surrounding world. Maudsley started making oil paintings in 1967 after taking over the studio of her husband, artist John Brack.
Maudsley's paintings in the 1970s were increasingly composed of abstracted shapes formed from fragments of buildings, figures or landscape, rendered on canvas with rich spatial depth and a sophisticated colour harmony. The paintings are pictorial puzzles of intricate personal symbols and motifs, constructed into sophisticated and labyrinthine geometric compositions.
Maudsley considers these explorations of visual language and analogy as purposely ambiguous and refers to them as ‘visual essays’. Each is given a poetic title that provides an insight into the artist’s thoughts, encouraging the viewer to open their mind to association and analogy in their reading of the work.
Where the work was made
Other works by Helen Maudsley
Triumphs; dreams. The wreath. In continuation. Our despotic selves. Affirming the self, by denial of others'. The miracle of survival Helen Maudsley 2005 188.2021
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