An image of The journey

Sidney Nolan

(Australia, England 22 Apr 1917 – 28 Nov 1992)

The journey

Other titles:
The journey (Silk Road cat no 22)
Not on display
Further information

Sidney Nolan is Australia's most internationally celebrated painter and the recipient of many important art prizes and honorary doctorates. Now well into his seventies, he continues to lead an active artistic life and to explore new themes as well as reworking earlier images with the hindsight of old age. He also travels extensively throughout the world. His first trip to China took place in 1965 and he has since made several return visits, drawing upon these experiences to produce such series as 'The Silk Road' of which 'The journey' forms a part. The Art Gallery of New South Wales also holds another five works from this series. Technically, they differ from the earlier oil, acrylic and enamel works for which Nolan is best know, being both spray-painted on canvas and intensely lyrical. 'Nolan has experienced China', wrote an English critic when the latter were first exhibited, 'but he continued his journey he has painted for us [to] an elsewhere never seen before'.

Barry Pearce, 'Older Australian masters', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1991

acrylic enamel spray on canvas
122.0 x 152.8 cm stretcher
Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, pink acrylic paint, "N [in reverse]". Not dated.
Signed top c. verso on stretcher, black charcoal, ".../ Nolan".

Gift of Bond Street City Freeholds 1989
Accession number
© The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library