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The Max Gimblett Gift. Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2000
Max Gimblett's drawings represent a slow, layered approach to building up an image, often based on a geometric symbol - a circle, square or quatrefoil. Alternatively, they are what he terms as 'quick, with no mind', where sumi ink is used in a spontaneous, calligraphic manner. There is considerable variety within these two categories and they often overlap. The paper support is an integral part of the image and sheets are especially chosen for a particular motif or drawing process. Gimblett views his drawings (which trace each stage of his career) as a major aspect of his oeuvre. They are an immensely rich source of information on his creative development as well as serving to demonstrate the working methods of a senior artist. This work is one of several early ink line drawings that demonstrate the influence of Joan Miro and Surrealism.
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