An image of Rabir Kirtan

John Peart

(Australia 10 Dec 1945 – 30 Sep 2013)

Rabir Kirtan

20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

John Peart is regarded as one of Australian art's most accomplished abstract painters. Peart's visit to India and discovery of eastern philosophies in the mid-1970s had a profound impact on his life and work. In his own words: "Certain philosophical ideas have spurred my enthusiasm for working: Indian philosophy out of Hinduism and Buddhism …historically, early abstraction grew out of philosophical and spiritual aspirations, and that is part of my artistic heritage" [1]. The influence of these beliefs in Peart's works can be seen in the repetitious and freely applied layers and daubs of paint in 'Rabir Kirtan'. It is a work of monumental and poetic complexity that nonetheless looks as it was executed spontaneously in a meditative state.

1. John Peart quoted in John Peart paintings 1964-2004, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2004, p 19

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
170.0 x 280.0 x 4.5 cm stretcher
Signature & date

Signed and dated u.l. verso on canvas, black pencil or crayon ".../ John Peart/ 1982/ ...".

Gift of by Frank Watters 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
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© Estate of John Peart