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Edwin Tanner

The Electrical Engineer's Family, 1956

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oil on canvas on composition board

86.00 x 95.00

signed and dated 'Edwin Tanner '56' u.r.

Provenance:

The Estate of Edwin Tanner

Exhibited:

Edwin Tanner: Mathematical Expressionist, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 12 May - 15 July, 2018, not numbered

Literature & references:

Anthony Fitzpatrick, Edwin Tanner: Mathematical Expressionist, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, 2018, exhibition catalogue, illus p. 49:
“From the mid-1950s, Tanner also worked through a series of highly schematic compositions which furthered his satirical campaign against regimentation and conformism…in the painting The Electrical Engineer’s Family (1956)… Tanner employs the format of a typical electronic circuit diagram to propose that human behaviour and relationships are hardwired in strict, organisational structures.  As the title suggests, the symbols of the various tubes and transistors are to be read as familial faces, here reduced to the role of sending and receiving signals; the input and output of information.” (Fitzpatrick, op. cit., pp 11-13)

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Purple Plunging

Edwin Tanner

1967

pastel on paper, 64.00 x 50.00

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In Out and In Again

Edwin Tanner

1971

pastel on paper, 65.00 x 50.00

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The Flight of the Humble Bs

Edwin Tanner

1967

pastel on paper, 65.00 x 50.00

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Positive and Negative - Construction No. 53

Edwin Tanner

1966

PVA, steel mesh and copper on board, 137.00 x 120.00

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Pilloried People

Edwin Tanner

1966

PVA on hessian on board, 122.00 x 137.00

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Untitled

Edwin Tanner

1974

acrylic on canvas, 128.00 x 138.00

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Purple Plunging

Edwin Tanner

1967

pastel on paper, 64.00 x 50.00

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Delayed Return

Edwin Tanner

1971

pastel on paper, 62.00 x 48.00

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"I think that the river is a strong brown god - sullen, untamed and intractable" but wholly devoid of fish

Edwin Tanner

1972

pastel on paper, 76.00 x 56.00

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Anubis

Edwin Tanner

1976

acrylic on canvas, 106.50 x 96.00

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Fallen Philosopher

Edwin Tanner

1957

oil on board, 21.00 x 51.00

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Untitled

Edwin Tanner

1974

acrylic on canvas, 128.00 x 138.00

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(Untitled - Emigration Series)

Edwin Tanner

1970 - 1980

pastel on paper, 44.50 x 50.50

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(Untitled - Logic)

Edwin Tanner

1960 - 1970

pastel on paper, 48.00 x 62.00

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(Untitled - Study for an Astrological Mural)

Edwin Tanner

c. 1967

Pencil and ink on paper, 49.50 x 64.00

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(Untitled – Interior, study for a mural)

Edwin Tanner

1967

pencil and ink on grey paper, 49.50 x 64.50

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In thee we trust. ‘A’ Men

Edwin Tanner

1967

pen, ink, charcoal and gouache on paper, 76.00 x 55.00

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Enjambments

Edwin Tanner

1976

pen and ink and gouache on paper, 57.00 x 76.00

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(Untitled)

Edwin Tanner

1979

pastel on blue paper, 75.00 x 55.00

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(Untitled)

Edwin Tanner

1979

pastel on buff paper, 73.00 x 52.00

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(Untitled)

Edwin Tanner

1979

pastel on cream paper, 73.00 x 52.00

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"I think that the river is a strong brown god - sullen, untamed and intractable" but wholly devoid of fish

Edwin Tanner

1972

pastel on paper, 76.00 x 56.00

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Aerobatics

Edwin Tanner

1971

pastel on blue paper, 50.00 x 70.00

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A religious drawing on the finest paper money can buy / the paper is french [therefore] this is a french letter by an honest engineer

Edwin Tanner

1971

pastel on paper, 50.00 x 65.00

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Brown line unsure of its way

Edwin Tanner

c. 1967

pastel on paper, 65.00 x 49.50

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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.