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Title

Corkhill's farmhouse

1944

Artist

Hector Gilliland

Australia

30 Dec 1911 - 20 Apr 2002

  • Details

    Date
    1944
    Media category
    Watercolour
    Materials used
    watercolour, chalk on paper on cardboard
    Dimensions
    29.0 x 39.8 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l., "Gilliland 44".

    Credit
    Bequest of Florence Turner Blake 1959
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    WA7.1959
    Copyright
    © AGNSW

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  • About

    'Corkhill's farmhouse' painted on the Molonglo River, Canberra, 1944 was produced in direct response to nature at a time when I was living in the country by government arrangement - and feeling 'at home' there. Nature at this stage involved the identities of things in space, conditions of light (season, weather, mood) and place. However, an awareness of intimacy through contemplation was the impetus; and attention to the qualities of watercolour imposed some sort of discipline.

    As a self-taught-weekend-painter (my art school training was in life drawing and a little etching) I was not painting much in oils. For many practical reasons watercolour seemed to be the convenient medium at the time. Hindsight indicates that it was the appropriate medium, because its transparency and range of density implied space as such and, along with its fluidity, was in accord with my perceptions of nature.

    Hector Gilliland, December 1959, AGNSW Acquisitions & Purchases for 1959

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