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Melinda Harper is among Australia’s foremost abstract artists. Her work is the splendour of colour, impossibly vibrant configurations that invite the viewer to experience a moment of “pure looking”. As a teenager she visited the National Gallery of Australia and was struck by the American Abstract Expressionists; as an adult, she is moved by long walks and drives, as well as the history of Modernist Female Artists. A celebration of colour and form, Harper is interested in how the interplay of different colours affects their cadence, how they rear in weight, emotion and the landscape. ‘Untitled’ is a masterful example of this, a visual feast that hypnotises with every glance. Harper was part of Know My Name, the NGA’s major retrospective of Female Artists. She was honoured with a retrospective at Heide Museum of Modern Art in 2015, and was a leading member of the Store 5 artists’ group based in Melbourne. Her work is essential for collections of contemporary and abstract art, representing a profound exercise in “the act of looking, the obvious, the precise and the precious”.
Melinda HARPER (1965 - )'Untitled' 2009Oil on canvasImage Size: 122 x 183 cm Dimensions: 122 x 183 x 5 cm Signed: Signed and dated on stretcher bar: M Harper 2009Condition: Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image as Excellent, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
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