Fred Williams

(Australia, England 23 Jan 1927 – 22 Apr 1982)

Australian landscape I

Location
Not on display
Further information

Fred Williams made a number of gouaches while on holiday at Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula in January 1969, which were a radical departure from his previous work. In the 'Australian landscape' series Williams experimented with a new, minimal approach, using masking tape to create a clearly defined area on the surface in which to paint. This formal device evoked a sense of the vastness of the landscape, and led to the later 'strip' gouaches, some of which are on display here. The 'Australian landscape' series also had parallels with contemporary developments in hard edge and minimalist painting in Australia and abroad.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

Year
(1969)
Media
Watercolour
Medium
gouache, black ink spatter on cream Arches paper
Dimensions
49.2 x 72.0 cm image, 57.4 x 76.2 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.l., pen and black ink "Fred Williams". Not dated.

Credit
Bequest of Professor Douglas Joseph 1990
Accession number
284.1990
Copyright
© Estate of Fred Williams