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Peter Upward

X, 1971

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acrylic on canvas

182.50 x 122.00

inscribed X on reverse

Provenance: Utopia Art, 1994, from the artists estate; Laverty Collection, since then

Exhibited: Peter Upward - Major Works from the 70s, Utopia Art, Sydney, May 7 - 28 1994, no.3;
The Laverty Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 20 June - 23 Aug, 1998;\
Frozen Gestures - the Art of Peter Upward, curated by Christopher Dean, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, 20 Oct - 2 Dec, 2007, no 32

Literature & references: Christopher Dean, Frozen Gestures - the Art of Peter Upward, retrospective exhibition catalogue, Penrith, 2007, p 56, illus p 44;
See Kim Bonython, Modern Australian Painting 1950 - 1975, Rigby 1980, p146, for a similar painting;
See also: Irene Burschedt, Home from London - with tropical touch (newspaper interview, April 1973, at the Rudy Komon Gallery) illustrated; the artist commented: I discovered the tropical colours in London but they look better in Australia .... Everything is done in one movement. I paint with musical impulse, the same as musicians when they improvise .... my paintings are a series of chords and notes .... [and are] like the moment when a high diver enters the water.

Note: The title is unusual, or at least atypical. When first shown at the Rudy Komon Gallery exhibition in April 1972, the 6 x 4ft canvases started in London were simply numbered- but by August, when several of the same works were shown at the Reid Gallery in Brisbane, they are listed with their (new) titles. With no record of a work titled X in any of the 1970s exhibitions, it may be that it refers to a latin 10. If so, then this painting was also exhibited at the Rudy Komon Gallery in 1972; possible later titles could be Bride or Tropic.

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(Landscape)

Peter Upward

1976

gouache on paper, 64.00 x 96.00

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(Landscape with Parrots)

Peter Upward

1976

gouache on paper, 64.00 x 96.00

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Chinois

Peter Upward

1971

epoxy resin on shaped canvas, 122.00

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Untitled (Brown & Green)

Peter Upward

1972

epoxy resin on canvas, 28.00

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(Untitled)

Peter Upward

1957

gouache on paper, 54.00 x 36.00

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Painting No 11 - Rain forest

Peter Upward

1970

PVA on canvas, 183.00 x 122.00

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On Chrome No. 1

Peter Upward

1960

mixed media on board, 55.50 x 38.00

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Untitled

Peter Upward

1960

oil on board, 55.50 x 38.00

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Eleanor

Peter Upward

silkscreen on paper, 77.00 x 57.00

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Sagittarius with Jupiter

Peter Upward

PVA on canvas, 122.00 x 92.00

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Painting No. 11 - Rain forest

Peter Upward

1970

PVA on canvas, 183.00 x 122.00

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Eleanor

Peter Upward

silkscreen on paper - unframed, 77.00 x 57.00

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Untitled

Peter Upward

1982 - 2010

silkscreen on paper - unframed, 77.00 x 57.00

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Untitled

Peter Upward

1971

Epoxy resin and acrylic on canvas, 101.50 x 101.50

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Untitled

Peter Upward

1960

Oil on board, 61.00 x 45.00

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Untitled

Peter Upward

1960

PVA on board, 55.50 x 38.00

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Slow Moment

Peter Upward

1962

pva on composition board, 126.00 x 89.50

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Untitled

Peter Upward

1963

PVA on board, 60.50 x 45.50

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Untitled

Peter Upward

1960

PVA on board, 61.00 x 46.00

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Untitled

Peter Upward

1961

acrylic on board, 93.90 x 126.30

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Slow Movement

Peter Upward

1962

PVA on composition board, 126.00 x 89.50

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Time Piece

Peter Upward

1963

PVA on board, 61.00 x 45.00

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March Drawing No 2

Peter Upward

1961

PVA on paper on board, 80.00 x 67.00

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Blue Note

Peter Upward

1971

PVA on canvas, 183.00 x 122.00

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Time Piece

Peter Upward

1963

synthetic polymer paint on composition board, 60.50 x 45.50

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Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.