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Don Laycock

The Oracle of the Sphinx, 1962

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oil on canvas on board

182.50 x 122.00

signed l. l.

Provenance:

Margaret Carnegie;
Allen D. Christensen;
Private Collection, Sydney

Exhibited:

Helena Rubenstein Scholarship, Art Gallery of NSW, 1963;
A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by Donald Laycock, University of Melbourne, Sept 1972, no. 10;
Paintings from the Collection of Mr and Mrs Douglas Carnegie, National Gallery of Victoria, Oct 1966, no. 49;
Paintings from the Collection of Allen D. Christensen, National Gallery of Victoria, Dec 1976, no. 26

Literature & references:

John Reed, New Painting 1952-62, Longmans (Art in Australia series) 1963, illus;
|Michael Shannon, Margaret Carnegie - the Art Collectors 4, Art & Australia, Vol 4, No 2, Spring 1966, illus p 152

Laycock painted a series of Oracles - another is in the Mertz Collection. They are all monumental in scale and very compelling .., Shannon, op cit.

Note:

They were a suite of five (the requirement for the Rubenstein) and were all the same size and theme - imaginary heads of ancient Egyptian and Assyrian aristocrats and despots. Amarna Princess is in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ballarat. For the Mertz painting - Gilgamesh see Christies, Melbourne, June 2000. Lot 151, $16,500.

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Neon Cities

Don Laycock

c. 1960

oil on board, 104.00 x 56.00

Price: $8,500

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(Ancient Kings series)

Don Laycock

c. 1960

pen and ink and pencil on paper, 25.00 x 29.00

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(Ancient Kings series)

Don Laycock

c. 1960

pen and ink on paper, 26.00 x 19.00

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(Ancient Kings series)

Don Laycock

1960

linocut on paper, 38.00 x 34.00

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(Ancient Kings series)

Don Laycock

1961

pen and ink and pencil on paper, 27.00 x 43.00

Price: $750

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Untitled (abstract)

Don Laycock

1959

gouache on paper, 37.00 x 28.00

Price: $850

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Untitled (abstract)

Don Laycock

c. 1959

gouache on paper, 38.00 x 28.00

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Cantata

Don Laycock

1979

oil on canvas, 61.00 x 91.50

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Mandala

Don Laycock

1962

oil & acrylic on board, 137.50 x 82.00

Price: $8,500

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Title not known

Don Laycock

c. 1960

oil on board, 57.00 x 39.00

Price: $1,750

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Through forests of light

Don Laycock

1959

oil on board, 91.00 x 122.00

Price: $6,000

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(Title not known)

Don Laycock

1957

enamel on board, 44.00 x 33.50

Price: $2,750

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(Title not known)

Don Laycock

1956

enamel on board, 35.00 x 32.00

Price: $1,750

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(Untitled)

Don Laycock

1978

pastel on paper, 33.00 x 62.00

SOLD

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Neon Cities

Don Laycock

c. 1960

oil on board, 104.00 x 56.00

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Loco-motion

Don Laycock

1958

oil on board, 50.00 x 34.50

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Drifting Galaxy

Don Laycock

1996

oil on board, 72.00 x 94.00

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Underwater Dance

Don Laycock

c. 1960

oil on canvas, 55.00 x 60.00

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Wings

Don Laycock

1971

oil on canvas, 181.00 x 202.50

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The Oracle of the Sphinx

Don Laycock

1962

oil on canvas on board, 183.00 x 122.00

POA

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Cantata Galaxy

Don Laycock

2003

oil on canvas, 137.00 x 198.00

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Collapsed Galaxy I

Don Laycock

2001

oil on cedar, 13.00 x 17.00

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Banana Birds

Don Laycock

1978

pastel on paper , 41.00 x 46.00

SOLD

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Golden Galaxy

Don Laycock

1998

oil on board, 20.00 x 25.00

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Terrestrial

Don Laycock

oil on canvas on board, 80.00 x 57.00

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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.