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LYRICAL ABSTRACTION WORKS



Throughout much of the 1970s I had been developing painting ideas in an abstract mode, where I used colour in an emotional and expressive manner. These works used mainly large more fluid colour expanses that were punctuated with various colour notes and chords around the idea of the landscape and the sea; but only as a very loose reference.
Exuberance and excitement of each aspect was like improvisation in jazz music. In an exhibition at the Warehouse Gallery (now closed) in Melbourne in 1977 my whole show had jazz titles: Be Bop, Riff, Jam session, Homage to Birdie, Ellington, and Basie, to name some. The opening of the exhibition featured a jazz trio and I 'sat in' and played my saxophone.
A major aspect of many of these paintings during this period was a compositional idea of 'the empty centre', where various painterly marks hugged the edges of the paintings, holding other colours and forms 'in check' to create some form of tension across the paintings' surfaces.

PAINTED TRAM

This commission, by the Melbourne Metro Tramways Board and the Victorian Ministry of the Arts, was perhaps one of the last lyrical abstractionist works that I did, before abandoning that idea in favour of a new challenge.


For Jevan
1975
Oil on Linen
244 x 183 cms
Private Collection

Shadow
1978
Oil on Linen
244 x 183 cms
Private Collection

Grey Space
1978
Oil on Linen
244 x 206 cms

Sandringham
1978
Oil on Linen
244 x 206 cms
Southern Health coll.

Jam Session
1977
Oil on Linen
152 x 122 cms
Expanding Blue
(Diptych)
1973
Oil on Canvas
244 x 366 cms
Monash University coll.
Expanding Blue No.2
1973
Oil on Linen
137 x 213 cms
Private Collection
Sandringham
1978
Oil on Linen
168 x 122 cms
Homage to Birdie
1977
Oil on Linen
91 x 152 cms
Private Collection
Summer's Over
1978
Oil on Linen
152 x 122 cms
Heyendah
1975
Oil on Linen
168 x 312.5 cms
Basie
1978
Oil on Linen
206 x 305 cms
Be Bop
1976
Oil on Canvas
137 x 122 cms
Ellington
1977
Oil on Linen
206 x 366 cms
Orange with Black Mark
1975
Oil on Canvas
183 x 152 cms
Composition
1976
Oil on Canvas
152 x 122 cms
Morgana
1977
Oil on Canvas
106.5 x 91 cms
Painted Tram
1979
Commission - Melb. Metro Tramways Board and
Vic. Ministry for Arts