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Artificial landscape 6



James Doolin

United States of America

1932 – 22 Jul 2002

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    206.0 x 137.0 x 3.2 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated u.l. verso, black fibre-tipped pen "JAMES DOOLIN/ .../ 1969...".

    Purchased 1970
    South Building, lower level 1, 20th-century galleries
    Accession number
    © Estate of James Doolin

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  • About

    The American-born James Doolin was a significant figure in the development of colour field painting and minimalist art in Australia, despite residing in this country for only two years. Doolin arrived in Melbourne from New York in 1965 and exhibited his paintings at Gallery A and Central Street Gallery in Sydney during his time in Australia.

    Doolin's 'Artificial landscape' series of hard-edge works reference the synthetic forms and colours of the city. In 1969 a sophisticated sub-group of 'arch paintings' evolved out of this series. Characterised by an arched format and airbrushed bands of kaleidoscopic colour, these so-called 'rainbow windows' were produced in California and shipped to Sydney, where they were exhibited to critical acclaim at Central Street Gallery in May/June 1970. In a letter to Tony McGillick, Doolin addressed the response to his 'arch paintings':

    to all the questions as to whether they are ‘supposed to be‘ architectural, religious, sexual, metaphysical, mystical, ritualistic, floral, phallic, hard edge or colour field, mechanical or sensual, solid or atmospherical, ancient or modern, special or flat, the answer is yes.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 7 publications

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