Item #3008 Blue on Grey 1974. Peter Clarke.
Peter Clarke

b. 1935

Blue on Grey 1974

Oil on canvas
198.5 x 229 cm
Signed, titled and inscribed on reverse P. Clarke / '74 / Blue on Grey

Provenance: Marc and Eva Besen until 2011

Exhibited: Peter Clarke, Powell Street Gallery, 22 July - 16 August 1974, no. 3

Literature & references:  refer Charles Nodrum Gallery

Christopher Heathcote, Patrick McCaughey & Sarah Thomas (Ed. Maudie Palmer), Encounters with Australian Modern Art, Herman Editors, France (Macmillan Publishers, Melbourne), illus p 143:  "...Clarke found a new confidence in the less ideologically exacting 1970s. Clarke had a particular sympathy for the texture painters of Spain and Italy, most notably Antoni Tàpies, when European contemporary art was held in low regard by many younger Australian artists. Although resolutely abstract, his ribbed and rubbed surfaces and the expressive use of texture was enough to exclude him from The Field exhibition.  But in the looser 1970s Clarke re-asserted himself in such emphatic works as the gestural 'Blue on Grey', 1974." (McCaughey, op. cit. p 131)

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