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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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Reflexions

Don Laycock

1978

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Over White Cliffs of Ova

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Heavenly Bodies

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c. 1960

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Cantata Galaxy

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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.