An image of Hillside, Rainbow Valley

Judy Cassab

(Australia, Austria, Hungary 15 Aug 1920 – 03 Nov 2015)

Hillside, Rainbow Valley

Not on display
Further information

The Gallery has two other works from the Rainbow Valley series in the collection, one a drawing, the other a watercolour, both of which were included in the Dobell Drawing Prize exhibitions in 1997 and 1999 respectively. 'Rainbow Valley' is in the Northern Territory near Alice Springs, and has been a rich source of inspiration for Cassab in her exploration of the dual themes of landscape and abstraction for a number of years. She first visited there in 1975 and has returned many times in subsequent years.

She recalled her first impressions of the valley in her diary: "….. Voila! There was the magic I was missing. It’s a fragile place, so old that it would make the Greek ruins look young. The character of the rock is like nothing I have ever seen. We ate lunch in a cave where the rock ceiling looked like three waves of a Chinese scroll, meeting gracefully, reflecting the orange glow and the ivory sheen of the walls. Amazing. Enchanting".

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2015

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

Drawing, Watercolour
charcoal, watercolour, gouache on white Arches paper
75.5 x 105.5 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., brown watercolour "Cassab/ 03".

Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2004
Accession number
© Judy Cassab