From the Blackman family’s private collection, ‘Bikini Beach’ is an expression of homecoming. Created in 1972, shortly after the Blackmans returned from living in London, it’s a celebration of the Australian sun. Glowering English skies were replaced with sun and sand.
Throughout this period, the Blackmans made numerous trips to Noosa and Bondi — rewriting, as Charles’s son Auguste recalls, his father’s “happiness”. They danced to ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and trundled to the beach in yellow taxis. Indeed, this felicitous time informed some of Blackman’s strongest work. Critic Alan McCulloch wrote glowingly of the artist’s figuration of the swimmer.
Leaning towards Blackman’s larger paintings on the same era, this elegant sketch is an ode to the great Australian pastime: swimming. Drowsy beneath the sun, his figures are bulbous and beautiful, embodiments of rest after a long journey.
For collectors of Modern art, important works on paper and Blackman catch this collectable before it drifts away.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Bikini Beach' 1972
ink on paper
Image Size: 19 x 26 cm
Dimensions: 19 x 26 cm
Signed: Signed and dated top right: CB' 72
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
Condition: Good: Describes the average used work of art where the image is in Fine condition. The margin may need to be framed out due to markings, corner wear, dog ear, small tears or if framed, the frame may have minor damage.
© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2022
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