David Rankin’s landscapes are underpinned by three themes: Western and Asian cultures, and the Aboriginal concept of place. There are nods to ‘all over’ painting - that is, imagery with no prime form or subject - as well as JMW Turner’s almost indiscernible vistas. Perhaps most striking however, is Rankin’s practice itself. Privileging process over product, his work follows the curvatures of life, allowing the landscape to reveal itself to him.
In this minimal etching, Rankin suggests a landscape. Rather than exact, ‘Untitled (Landscape)’ is slight, a wisp of place. The artist seems more concerned with capturing his subject’s indentures; moments where feet have pressed the earth or birds have pecked. Elegant and poetic, it is the kind of image that demands a second look.
In 1983 Rankin won the Wynne Prize. He is currently represented in numerous public collections including at the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Queensland Art Gallery. For collectors of abstract and landscape art, Rankin is an enriching find.
David RANKIN (1946 - )
'Untitled (Landscape)' 1988
etching on paper
Edition of 25
Image Size: 38 x 29 cm
Dimensions: 80 x 60 cm
Signed: Rankin, signature & edition in margin, titled verso
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Condition: As New: The work of art is in the same immaculate condition as when it was created. This could be the description for a work of art that may have been in storage for years, never sold on the market but may still be some years old.