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Title “Anxious Canvas 03”
Size 300x300
Location Adelaide, South Australia
Date 1971
Media. Oil Pastel and Watercolour on Cartridge Paper

Black and White Oil Pastels applied to paper in a controlled frenzy over a blank area with background of pink ochre wash which intrudes into the blank area.


The artwork structure relies on the white shape behind figurative marks of black and white pastel and their relationship with the contrasting qualities of the ochre watercolour smoothly applied out of frame and roughly applied in the frame.


The expressive and looseness of the rough pastel lines is the main emphasis of this work indication an anxious feeling and apprehension in committing the gestural marks to canvas.


This work is an early example of Jack Christie’s art and shows the artist’s fear of committing these sketchy ideas to canvas. The cost of materials and the speed at which an idea can be realised in a sketch such as this is its own
reward.

Title “Old Art 044”
Size 300x400
Location Adelaide, South Australia
Date 1971
Media. Texta Colour Ink on Cartridge Paper

Informal coloured lines above an inferred horizontal line on the left leading to a formalisation of stratified layers trailing off down to the right indicating a structured landscape.

 

Broad texta of various colour applied to paper in a structured landscape composition over a blank area Structurally this sketch is a simple idea for a landscape showing the of the relationship between qualities of the ink lines colours counter balanced with amorphous areas of colour on a blank white surface.


It is a basic idea for a Flinders Ranges landscape painting with a focus on the strata bands and the way the land was formed by upheavals and twisting a of stratified geology.


This is work is another early example Jack Christie’s art and shows the love of the idea; simple though it may be.

Title “AzText"
Size 300x300
Location Adelaide, South Australia
Date 1972
Media. Texta Colour Ink on Cartridge Paper

Loosely repeated embryo shapes dependant on each other for cohesion in an Aztec style composition. Broad texta of various colours applied to smooth paper in a structured composition framed in orange.


This is again another idea relying on colour lines but broad and controlled in their application. The lines are related to each other and together they form a patterned image with black line shapes trying to exert a modicum of control and
structure in the work.


In some ways it indicates cohesion and control but it is free forming but constrained by each of the gestural marks as they are applied. The first mark is influencing the second mark which is influenced by the next one and so on continues the process until a conclusion is reached.


This could be regarded as a bit decorative in nature but it still has something to say. The iconographic effect could be seen as Aztec or Mayan and this could have been an influence at the time.

Title I'm Looking Through You
Size 300x300
Location Adelaide, South Australia
Date 1972
Media. Black Inks and Dry Texta on Cartridge Paper

Black ink forms a window a figure with broad sweeps of back to infer studio furniture in front of a blank window. Texta ink applied to smooth paper in a structured abstracted representational composition with inferred figure features with a tired tan texta.


Using dried up old texta and wet ink this is a lineal sketch of a moment in time. The ink is applied freely while the texta is “dry –brushed” to display the human features of figure seated in a studio.


This yet another simple sketch of a figure looking through a window from inside a studio space.

© 2020 by Iain Coleman.