An image of Classical composition with hawk and falcon

Ken Whisson

(Australia 1927 – )

Classical composition with hawk and falcon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Ken Whisson is recognized as the quintessential 'cult painter' or 'outsider artist' in Australian art because his paintings and drawings challenge conventional taste and logic and were considered difficult by many people. His faux-naïve style of painting and drawing is influenced by the work of the figurative expressionists, particularly Danila Vassilieff and Sidney Nolan, who he came into contact with in Melbourne during the 1940s and 50s. 'Classical composition with hawk and falcon' 2013 is a recent work by Whisson that features recurring motifs in his oeuvre such as birds, cars and houses. In this painting Whisson describes the world as he sees it: contradictory, bizarre and ominous.

Year
2013
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on linen
Dimensions
94.4 x 120.0 cm strecther; 98.0 x 124.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated u.r. verso on canvas, black fibre-tipped pen "… Ken Whisson/ …/ …/ … 29/1/12 + 10/2/13/ …/ …".

Credit
Gift of Frank Watters 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
37.2018
Copyright
© Ken Whisson