An image of Dreamtime

Richard Killeen

(New Zealand 1946 – )

Dreamtime

Location
Not on display
Further information

Richard Killeen is a New Zealand painter renowned for his ‘cut-outs’ — collections of painted aluminium shapes that can be hung in variable arrangements. Works of this kind were seen in Australia in 1982 and 1986 at the Sydney Biennale and, through the 1980s and 1990s, in exhibitions at Ray Hughes Gallery.

Killeen draws on many art histories and cultural sources to create his image-rich art. This work is one of three called ‘Dreamtime’ from 1980 that make special reference to Aboriginal art. As critic Francis Pound has remarked, here landforms, boomerangs and other tantalisingly ambiguous shapes ‘float in the colours of night.’

Year
1980
Media
Installation
Medium
acrylic lacquer on aluminium, 26 pieces
Dimensions
installation dimensions variable :
a - 1; 124 x 22 cm
b - 2; 69 x 33.5 cm
c - 3; 55.5 x 33 cm
d - 4; 114.5 x 24 cm
e - 5; 68 x 17 cm
f - 6; 49 x 12 cm
g - 7; 90 x 7 cm
h - 8; 79.5 x 14 cm
i - 9; 90.5 x 15 cm
j - 10; 56 x 14 cm
k - 11; 57 x 29 cm
l - 12; 106.5 x 20 cm
m - 13; 67 x 20 cm
n - 14; 51 x 22 cm
o - 15; 114 x 27 cm
p - 16; 86 x 22 cm
q - 17; 42.5 x 6.5 cm
r - 18; 66 x 9 cm
s - 19; 56 x 27 cm
t - 20; 57.5 x 24.5 cm
u - 21; 117 x 29 cm
v - 22; 52.5 x 7.5 cm
w - 23; 96 x 33.5 cm
x - 24; 92 x 17.5 cm
y - 25; 66 x 6.5 cm
z - 26; 97 x 13.5 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated verso part W, acrylic lacquer "Killeen/ .../ JUNE 1980/ .../ ...".
Signed and dated inside lid original crate, blue felt tip pen "Killeen/ .../ JUNE 1980/ .../ ...".

Credit
Gift of Jim Barr, Mary Barr and Richard Killeen 2015. Founding Governors of the Friends of New Zealand Art
Accession number
334.2015.a-z
Copyright
© Richard Killeen