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Title

The journey

1975

Artist

Helen Maudsley

Australia

1927 –

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Melbourne Victoria Australia
    Date
    1975
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on plywood
    Dimensions
    51.0 x 96.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. "H. MAUDSLEY 1975".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2022. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    99.2022
    Copyright
    © Helen Maudsley
    Artist information
    Helen Maudsley

    Works in the collection

    7

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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Melbourne

Other works by Helen Maudsley

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