In his ever disarming style, ‘The Fan’ captures a scene from Charles Blackman’s studio. For his son, it is an intensely nostalgic work. Auguste recalls 12 Attunga Street as Charles’s “most functional studio” - a place of immense energy, creativity and play. According to the book Schoolgirls And Angels, the Blackmans employed Halifax Hayes to “rip the roof off the Sydney House” and build a studio on top. It was perhaps the first time Charles was able to manifest the studio he desired. A devout follower of the sun, it was fitted with vast windows and skylights. Here, basking in infinite light, Charles, finally able to afford the best quality paints, created some of his most iconic imagery.
In ‘The Fan’ the artist’s bond with his studio is distilled. On a trolley, Charles draws his trios of Windsor and Newton A4 paints, stacks of books and the studio fan, ceaselessly whirring to dry his works of art. But don’t be fooled, 12 Attunga wasn’t all work. Instead, Auguste remembers a place of joy and plenty. As large as a tennis court, he says they even played badminton here, before cooling off in front the fan.
In Auguste’s words, this work may appear simple - but in truth, it reflects “Charles at the top of his game with the joy of all his art materials on show”. It is symbolic of the significance of place and how, be it a work of art or a fan - we live on though the objects we leave behind.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'The Fan' c.1974
ink on paper
Image Size: 27 x 21 cm
Dimensions: 37 x 41 x 1 cm
Signed: Signed with initials CB
Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity
This work of art is window mounted and ready for you to add a frame.
Availability: in stock
Condition:Good. Some age related damage which adds to the character
© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2019
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