An image of Scribble rock pomegranates (diptych)

Janet Dawson

(Australia 1935 – )

Scribble rock pomegranates (diptych)

Not on display
Further information

Drawing has always been central to Janet Dawson's oeuvre. An influential figure in Australian abstraction in the 1960s, her work was included in the NGV's landmark exhibition 'The field' in 1968. However her work became more figurative in the early 1970s, with a close focus upon drawing the natural world - plants, animals and landscape, which reflected the life she and her husband Michael Boddy lead as organic farmers in rural NSW. 'Scribble rock' is the name of their property near Binalong.

'Scribble rock pomegranates' is a joyous and lyrical study of pomegranates scattered casually on a table. The pastel expressively evokes the fleshy shapes and glossy seeds of the fruit, contrasted with the thick newspapers and plastic bags that contained them. Dawson's interest in the metaphorical aspects of still life are expressed in the images of the fruit at various stages of their life cycle.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1999

Place of origin
Binalong, New South Wales, Australia
diptych: pastel on paper
32.5 x 79.5 cm sight; 56.8 x 120.5 x 4.5 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Janet Dawson 1999".

Purchased with funds provided by the Arthur Boyd Acquisition Fund 1999
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