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DAVID ASPDEN      Australia  1935 - 2005

David Aspden spent much of the 70's abroad, first in South America and later in Europe with his family. The light and landscapes of Brazil, southern France and England had a profound influence on his work, which moved from the bright and clearly delineated shapes of his Brazil paintings to more dense, mottled expanses of muted colour and tone, dappled with surface splashes of bright colour. As Aspden explained it: 'The whole shaping system and forms which I had before were still there; but I think the experience of being in Europe and especially in England, softened that up considerably. I’d come through that sort of soft with thick patches thing and I’d finally merged that back into a kind of all over fluctuating surface. At the time I was working at Castle Hill and it was very much related to the landscape there, or rather to the garden because we were living in a place on seven acres and more or less just to do with that particular area. I’d say in England, all through my work,no matter how geometric it appeared to be, say in 1968-69, has always been oriented to some aspect of landscape".    The titles reflects his tendency to be engrossed in whatever environment he found himself, and how he subsequently interpreted his work.

 

David ASPDEN

Australia 1935-2005

Castle Hill painting 1 1975

synthetic polymer paint on thick white wove paper

500 x 380 paper size

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David ASPDEN

Australia 1935-2005

Castle Hill painting 2 1975

synthetic polymer paint on thick white wove paper

500 x 380 paper size

 

 

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