Yvonne Audette 'Happy Kites'

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Yvonne Audette stands among Australia’s most formidable abstract artists. Influenced by contemporary European and New York School tendencies, she came to prominence in the 1950s. Her delightfully singular works have been likened to ‘Art Informal’, Tachisme and Paul Cezanne. Consistently, she appears preoccupied with layers both metaphoric and formal: 

“When I went to Europe in the mid-50s… my work responded to the layering of society itself – the remnants of murals on walls, the frescoes, the whole antiquity of civilization”. 

‘Happy Kites’ is a layered image. Rather than depicting it, Audette evokes a kite's movement as it rises and falls, rousing wind and sunlight in flashes of colour. The effect recalls the heady bliss of a spring day. 

Her work is represented in all state galleries, as well as Tarrawarra, the Universities of Melbourne and Monash, and Artbank. In 1999, she was honoured with a major retrospective and publication and has been described by the National Portrait Gallery as “Australia’s greatest living abstract painter”. For collectors of Australian and Modern art, and prints, ‘Happy Kites’ will delight.


Yvonne AUDETTE (1930 - )
'Happy Kites' 1990
Screenprint on paper
Edition of 70
Image Size: 66 x 102 cm
Dimensions: 115 x 93 x 2 cm
Signed: signed, titled and editioned in margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance

Condition: Very Good.

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