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Michael Taylor

Eastern Sea, 1973

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Catalogue number: 6

oil on canvas

183.00 x 122.00

signed l.r. and bearing date and title on reverse

Provenance:

J.A.Challen, till 2002

Exhibited:

Michael Taylor, Watters Gallery, August 1973

Literature & references:

The Bulletin, Sept 8, 1973, for a review of the above exhibition. Michael Taylor's subject is essentially the earth, the sea and the sky. Landscape subjects predominate throughout, but in the 1970s, the sea gained greater prominence - though in both cases the abstraction was taken to a degree that the paint, the marks and the gestures themselves were arguably the central subject. In this work, the concentric rings are an obvious motif. They first appear in the mid 1960s and continue for over a decade. Their origin and interpretation are not clear but they can be read as targets (in one case he did actually shoot the painting, rather as Fontana slashed his) as breasts, and as an intuitive move towards the dotting that was emerging at the time (in the work of Peart and Rankin, amongst others). the practice is now occasionally interpreted as deriving from aboriginal art, yet this is hard to justify, since it often preceded the advent of indigenous art in to the metropolitan galleries and museums.
see Kym Bonython, Modern Australian Painting, 1950-1975, Rigby, 1980, p 160, for another example.

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