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David Aspden



David Aspden was thirty years old when he had his first solo exhibition in 1965. By late 1966, with two more solo shows under his belt, Aspden found himself in the vanguard of Australia's formal colour abstractionists, the movement surveyed in the National Gallery of Victoria's important 1968 exhibition "The Field".

In his paintings of the middle 1960's the edges of his shapes ranged from gentle to scimitar-sharp. He explored colour interactions; his palette encompassed relationships that were measured and muted, and also relationships that were fiercely clamorous and pulsating. The command of colour that Aspden displayed in the 1960's has become the hallmark of his painting of the last four decades. As early as 1970, in an essay Aspden in Art International, Terry Smith described him as "Australia's leading colour-painter". Yet Aspden has been no less inventive with form. He has conjured with all-over patterns comprised of interlocking soft-edged fragments, and with fields of dovetailing shapes that dock together with the biting precision of a jigsaw.

While Aspden's work stands securely on its abstract values, his titles acknowledge associations with nature and a sense of place: the evocative mysteries of impenetrable bushland; the unpredictability of a jazz solo; the flow and glisten of a stream; the colours of tarnishing splendor associated with autumn.



National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Museums and Galleries of the Northern Territory, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, and other state galleries. His work is found in regional galleries including Wollongong, Gold Coast, Orange, Armidale, Ballarat, Southern Highlands and Geelong. Parliament House, Canberra, NSW State Parliament. Artbank, Macquarie University, National Bank of Australia, Macquarie Bank, St George Bank, numerous hotels, Festival Hall in Adelaide, Allan Allan and Hemsley, Clayton Utz, Melbourne Casino, Fairfax, News Limited, University of Western Australia, Monash University, the Beljourno Group, Shell Australia

David  Aspden art
Artwork Title:
Castle Hill Study
Acrylic on paper

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