An image of Counting: One, Two, Three

Imants Tillers

(Australia 30 Jul 1950 – )

Counting: One, Two, Three

Location
Not on display
Further information

This painting is from 'The book of power' series of multi-canvas appropriation works which Imants Tillers began in 1981 and still continues. Tillers cites the work of other artists to question authorial originality, how images circulate and to investigate ideas about location and place.

The numerals 1, 2, 3 are taken from a work by New Zealand modernist painter Colin McCahon. Tillers has overlaid the McCahon work onto a landscape of Lake Wakitipu in New Zealand by colonial artist Eugène von Guérard. He has added
a third appropriation, the signature of Italian artist Georgio de Chirico. De Chirico’s reuse of his own early 20th-century imagery, in works he painted much later, is an example of the cultural recycling that fascinates Tillers.

Year
1988
Media
Painting
Medium
synthetic polymer paint, gouache, oilstick on 162 canvas boards Nos. 17188-17349
Dimensions
251.0 x 639.0 cm overall installed
Credit
Gift of the artist 2006
Accession number
92.2006.a-fffff
Copyright
© Imants Tillers