Inner, 1988 signed with initials and dated 'R.L. / 6.3.1988' lower left; signed and inscribed 'Richard Larter' / "Inner" / 6th March 1988 / Yass' verso synthetic polymer paint on canvas 176.5 x 70cm (69 1/2 x 27 9/16in).
PROVENANCE: Purchased from Watters Gallery, Sydney in July 1988
EXHIBITED: The Work of Richard Larter, Watters Gallery, Sydney, 6-23 July 1988, cat. no. 32
LITERATURE: The Work of Richard Larter, exh. cat., Watters Gallery, Sydney, 1988, cat. no. 32, p.13 (illus.) Elwyn Lynn, 'Sustaining craft for art's sake', The Weekend Australian, Magazine 13, 16-17 July 1988
After deciding to change tack from his distinctive 1970s approach to the figure, Larter intensified his concentration on non-figurative work in the 1980s. He notes that phenomenal changes in thinking around physics and maths have provided him with a ballast of ideas to work with in his paintings. 'The abstract paintings very often were to do with me mapping out what very abstract ideas in physics were about'. In numerous series, he worked with passion on a particular approach and set of ideas from one painting to the next... His rigorous self-imposed discipline to work every day and learn as much as he could around a particular idea has resulted in an extraordinary outpouring of work.
Deborah Hart, "A way of life: in pursuit of learning", in Richard Larter, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2008, pp 15-16; 23; 37; 111; 146 (published on the occasion of the exhibition Richard Larter: a retrospective 20 June 14 September 2008, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra).
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