James Sharp, Untitled (detail), 1960, Oil on canvas, 50 x 70cms

Seeing is believing:
Abstract Australian Art

Curated by Clark Art Projects

Opening: Saturday 27 May 2.30pm - 4pm   RVSP here 

Exhibition dates: 24 May to 17 June 2017

Alliance Francaise Eildon Gallery
51 Grey St, ST KILDA


Seeing is Believing

This exhibition seeks to provide a 50-year survey of some of Australia's most significant and accomplished abstract artists. It gathers a unique compilation of artworks that celebrate colour, form and materials from distinguished private collections.

Feature artists include: Derek O'connor, Stanislaus Rapotec, John Firth Smith, Tony Tuckson, Gunter Christmann, Lesley Dumbrell, Dick Watkins, Robert Jacks, Peter Upward, Tom Gleghorn, Yvonne Audette, Richard Larter, James Sharp, Ann Thompson, Richard Crichton, Brent Harris, Ann Thompson, Asher Bilu, James Lloyd, Sydney Ball.


Abstract Australian Art

In the late 1950s Australia’s commercial art galleries began exhibiting works by the vanguard of new Australian painting. This small coterie of Australian artists who embraced abstraction in the first half of the 20th Century were predominately classically trained, but began directing their attention and practice towards the Abstract Expressionist movement that had taken off in Europe and America. This inspiration filled their canvases with fields of colour, abstract forms, and vigorous gestural expression.

Australian Abstraction was critically recognised when the National Gallery of Victoria decided to dedicate the inaugural exhibition of the new gallery space on St Kilda Road to Contemporary Australian abstract art in 1968. The exhibition, entitled The Field, was the first comprehensive display of colour field painting and abstract sculpture in Australia. Regarded as a landmark exhibition in Australian art history, The Field was a radical presentation of hard-edge, geometric, colourful and flat abstractionist works. The Field opened to much controversy and helped launch the careers of a generation of Australian artists, including Sydney Ball, Lesley Dumbrell, Robert Jacks and Dick Watkins all of whom will have artworks presented at this exhibition.

Over the ensuing years, generations of Australian artists have embraced abstraction and forged a practice that holds its own on a global scale. The artists presented in this exhibition, are some of the most accomplished of this movement and have been widely exhibited both nationally internationally.


Clark Art Projects

This exhibition is curated by the Clark Art Projects. Their projects strive to build awareness of Australian Art and educate, inspire and engage new audiences who will share their passion and commitment to supporting Australia’s cultural heritage.

Their projects include the organization of an annual exhibition, advising select clients on the development of their own collection as well as supporting philanthropy programs.

For more visit: www.clarkartprojects.com


Exhibition opening kindly supported by



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