'Fountain' signed and dated 'Preller 67' (lower right) oil on canvas 101 x 101.5cm (39 3/4 x 39 15/16in).
Preller's gestural abstract works of the mid to late sixties are known for their vitality and immediacy. While most of these works reflect the swirling motion of cosmic bodies, here Preller engages the same spiralling form and impasto brushstrokes in an aquatic image. Esmé Berman and Karel Nel emphasise that an important feature of the abstract paintings of this period is that "they did not begin with a drawing of an image. The forms are a product of the process".
BIBLIOGRAPHY: E. Berman and K. Nel, Alexis Preller, a Visual Biography, (Johannesburg, 2009), pp. 220-223