Abstract Landscape with Green Figure with Yellow and Black Chooks, 1984 signed, dated and inscribed 'Ken Whisson / 5/2/84 - 20/6/84 / Abstract Landscape with Green Figure and Yellow and Black Chooks' verso oil on canvas 100 x 119cm (39 3/8 x 46 7/8in).
PROVENANCE: Purchased from 312 Lennox Street Gallery, Melbourne in November 1986
EXHIBITED: Ken Whisson, 312 Lennox Street Gallery, Melbourne, 21 October - 22 November 1986, cat. no. 12 Ken Whisson Paintings 1957-1985, Broken Hill City Art Gallery touring exhibition: Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; Broken Hill City Art Gallery, Broken Hill; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Power Gallery ofContemporary Art, Sydney; Wollongong City Art Gallery, Wollongong, February 1987 - April 1988, cat. no. 32
Abstract Landscape with Green Figure with Yellow and Black Chook (1984) could be described as being in a classic later Whisson 'style'where the white ground of the canvas itself becomes an important part of the composition.
Importantly memory, a retreat into the artist past, provides a rich vein of motif and meaning as exemplified by the works titles which could reveal aspect of Whisson'sboyhood growing up in rural Lilydale. The chooks of the works title are clearly seen up in the upper right corner but we can also see other forms beginning to coalesce and then dissolve snatches of misremembered details like an open book, the front half of horse or right in the centre an abstract collection of shapes that recalls early landscape or again flags a much used symbol in the artist work.
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