Charles Blackman 'Axiom (Teal)'

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Charles Blackman is one of the most beloved Australian artists. His works are pensive meditations on human condition couched in the visually disarming vocabulary of a dream-like state. Many of his works, especially those from the ‘Schoolgirls’ and ‘Alice’ series, have entered the Australian vernacular and are considered to be among the most iconic images of Australian art. His works have been a subject of curated survey exhibitions and scholarly monographs, while his importance to the Australian cultural landscape has been recognised by representative holding of his works in all national and state galleries, and significant regional and tertiary collections.

‘Axiom’, a portrait of Charles Blackman s youngest child, is disarming in its intimacy. The etching is a pure celebration of parenthood and encapsulation of childlike innocence. The brevity of line and the delicacy of the teal-toned tinting demonstrate the artist’s proficiency of the print medium.

This exquisite original etching, produced by the artist with the Crown Street Press, comes from the artists archive and has the Blackman embossed stamp in the margin. It would make an valuable addition to budding collectors and connoisseurs of Charles Blackman s works alike.


Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Axiom (Teal)' 1998
etching on paper
Image Size: 13 x 11 cm
Dimensions: 56 x 31 cm
Signed: signed Blackman in margin; with Blackman embossed stamp in margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance
This blue etching is a proof and this colour did not go to the stage of making an edition. The final edition was in sepia tones. Image in excellent condition; signs of wear to margin. Ink smudge bottom margin, likely part of the artist s process.
Condition:Very Good: Describes a work of art's image as Excellent, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear to paper or frame. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to the paint surface.
© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2023