An image of nature. insects plants flowers. shells fish corals. the microscopic creatures. dreams

Nick Mourtzakis

(Australia, Greece 31 Aug 1951 – )

nature. insects plants flowers. shells fish corals. the microscopic creatures. dreams

Not on display
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An imposing image of the artist’s larger than life-sized face seen at close quarters, Nick Mourtzakis’s drawing impels our entry into a private inner realm. It is a self-portrait in which the artist sought to resolve his sense of physical separateness and identity as an individual, with his knowledge and awareness of our fluid connectedness to all nature at the fundamental level of organic matter. The title conveys this overarching awareness that everything has its
source in nature, which, for Mourtzakis, is a crucial part of his imaginative and emotional inner life.

The richly textured surface of the drawing attests to several concentrated sessions of re-working over a period of five years, revealing the extensive layers of drawing, erasure and re-drawing, characteristic of his approach. His geometric rendering of complex facial forms also reflects Mourtzakis’s longstanding interest in analytical cubism.

This work won the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 2006 and was acquired by the Gallery in 2006.

Place of origin
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
black wax crayon, lithographic crayon, pencil, paper tapes, white gouache, light brown wash, scraping out on paper
68.6 x 54.2 cm image; 80.6 x 59.3 cm sheet; 94.0 x 77.5 x 4.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., black wax crayon "NM", lithographic crayon "206"
Gift of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 2006
Accession number
© Nick Mourtzakis
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