- Media category
- Materials used
- oil on hardboard
- 121.9 x 149.8 cm board; 128.0 x 156.0 x 5.0 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, "August 1959 [pencil]/ -Sept. 1959 [brown (oil?)]/ J.Passmore [(pencil?)]".
- Purchased 1959
- 20th & 21st c Australian art
- Accession number
- © John Passmore Museum of Art
- Artist information
Works in the collection
John Passmore studied briefly at Julian Ashton's Sydney Art School before travelling to England in 1933, where he remained for 18 years. Inspired by modern French painting, in particular the work of Cézanne, Passmore returned to Australia in 1951 and began teaching a generation of young artists including John Olsen, Yvonne Audette and William Rose.
Passmore took part in the avant-garde exhibition 'Direction I' held at Macquarie Galleries in 1956, which launched abstract expressionism on the Sydney art scene. During this period, Passmore derived his images principally from the waterways of Sydney - fishermen, jetties and the changing patterns of sea and sunlight.
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Selections from 'The Helena Rubinstein Travelling Art Scholarship' 1959, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Sep 1959–11 Oct 1959
Recent Australian Painting, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Jun 1961–Jul 1961
1940-1965: The heroic years of Australian painting:
- Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne 02 Apr 1977–20 Apr 1977
- Sale Regional Art Gallery, Australia 29 Apr 1977–20 May 1977
- Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat 27 May 1977–17 Jun 1977
- Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool 24 Jun 1977–15 Jul 1977
- Shepparton Art Museum, Australia 22 Jul 1977–08 Aug 1977
- Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton 12 Aug 1977–02 Sep 1977
- Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria 16 Sep 1977–07 Oct 1977
- Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura 14 Oct 1977–04 Nov 1977
- Benalla Art Gallery, Australia 11 Nov 1977–02 Dec 1977
- Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre 09 Dec 1977–20 Jan 1978
- Ararat Gallery, Ararat 27 Jan 1978–17 Feb 1978
- Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong 24 Feb 1978–17 Mar 1978
- La Trobe Regional Gallery, Morwell 24 Mar 1978–14 Apr 1978
John Passmore Retrospective (1984-1985):
New Directions 1952-1962, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, 08 Feb 1991–24 Mar 1991
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Referenced in 13 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 123 (colour illus.).
Christine France, New Directions 1952-1962, 'New directions 1952-1962', pg. 7-19, Sydney, 1991, 43. cat.no. 56
Sasha Grishin, Australian art: a history, 'The competitive spirit in Australian art', pg. 350-363, Carlton, 2013, 350 (colour illus., detail), 354, 355, 356 (colour illus.), 551, 566. plate no. 34.3
Mervyn Horton (Editor), Art and Australia [vol. 1, no. 1], Sydney, May 1963, 11 (illus.).
Robert Hughes, The art of Australia, Melbourne, 1970, 15, 261 (illus.), 262, 328. illus.no. 106
Ronald Millar, Civilized magic: an interpretive guide to Australian paintings, Toorak, 1974, 21 (colour illus.).
Hal Missingham (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Acquisitions for 1959', Sydney, Apr 1960, 19 (illus.).
Barry Pearce, John Passmore 1904-84, Sydney, 1984, 77 (colour illus.). cat.no. 50
Jill Sykes, Look, 'Remembering John Passmore: a home for the works of an important Australian artist', pg. 20-22, Sydney, Aug 2004, 20 (colour illus.), 21.
Whitechapel Art Gallery (Compilator), Recent Australian Painting, London, 1961, (illus.). plate no. IV
Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 19 Sep 1959.
Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph and daily news, Sydney, 17 Sep 1959.
The Helena Rubinstein Travelling Art Scholarship 1959, Sydney, 1959. cat.no. 46
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