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Donald Laycock

The Oracle of the Sphinx, 1962

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oil on canvas on board

182.50 x 122.00

signed l.l.

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 Victora, Dec 1976, no. 26;
Modern Australian Painting, Charles Nodrum Gallery, 17 March - 9 April 2011, no. 34

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. A variation on the theme can be seen in "Two Heads" (same size and medium) in the Monash University Museum of Art Collection.

Further works by the Artist

Sonic Flight

Donald Laycock

1962 - 1964

oil on canvas, 132.50 x 96.50

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Neon Cities

Donald Laycock

c. 1960

oil on board, 104.00 x 56.00

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(Ancient Kings series)

Donald Laycock

c. 1960

pen and ink and pencil on paper, 25.00 x 29.00

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(Ancient Kings series)

Donald Laycock

c. 1960

pen and ink on paper, 26.00 x 19.00

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(Ancient Kings series)

Donald Laycock

1960

linocut on paper, 38.00 x 34.00

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(Ancient Kings series)

Donald Laycock

1961

pen and ink and pencil on paper, 27.00 x 43.00

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Untitled (abstract)

Donald Laycock

1959

gouache on paper, 37.00 x 28.00

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Untitled (abstract)

Donald Laycock

c. 1959

gouache on paper, 38.00 x 28.00

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Cantata

Donald Laycock

1979

oil on canvas, 61.00 x 91.50

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Mandala

Donald Laycock

1962

oil & acrylic on board, 137.50 x 82.00

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Title not known

Donald Laycock

c. 1960

oil on board, 57.00 x 39.00

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Through forests of light

Donald Laycock

1959

oil on board, 91.00 x 122.00

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(Title not known)

Donald Laycock

1957

enamel on board, 44.00 x 33.50

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(Title not known)

Donald Laycock

1956

enamel on board, 35.00 x 32.00

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(Untitled)

Donald Laycock

1978

pastel on paper, 33.00 x 62.00

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Neon Cities

Donald Laycock

c. 1960

oil on board, 104.00 x 56.00

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Loco-motion

Donald Laycock

1958

oil on board, 50.00 x 34.50

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Drifting Galaxy

Donald Laycock

1996

oil on board, 72.00 x 94.00

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Underwater Dance

Donald Laycock

c. 1960

oil on canvas, 55.00 x 60.00

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Wings

Donald Laycock

1971

oil on canvas, 181.00 x 202.50

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The Oracle of the Sphinx

Donald Laycock

1962

oil on canvas on board, 183.00 x 122.00

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Cantata Galaxy

Donald Laycock

2003

oil on canvas, 137.00 x 198.00

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Collapsed Galaxy I

Donald Laycock

2001

oil on cedar, 13.00 x 17.00

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Banana Birds

Donald Laycock

1978

pastel on paper , 41.00 x 46.00

SOLD

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Golden Galaxy

Donald Laycock

1998

oil on board, 20.00 x 25.00

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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.