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Fred Williams, Upwey, Victoria, 1963 (printed 2000)

David Moore

gelatin silver photograph

Fred Williams OBE (1927-1982), painter and etcher, grew up in Melbourne, leaving school at fourteen to commence an apprenticeship and study at the National Gallery School. His unique landscape vision emerged in the late 1950s, after his return to Melbourne from a period of study and work in London. In 1963, he signed with the Sydney dealer Rudy Komon, who paid him a retainer of £80 per month, enabling him to stop working at a framing shop and buy a house on two acres of land at Upwey in the Dandenong ranges. There, he would paint out of doors, bring his canvases home and hang them in the house, to consider and refine them over time. Over the 1960s his paintings were to become increasingly minimal, reaching their austere extreme at the end of the decade. Easily mistaken for the side of a tent, the canvas in this picture is Sapling forest 1962, one of a series of ravishing landscapes Williams made at Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenongs, habitat of the tall mountain ash. The work is now in the Huntington collection at the University of Texas, Austin.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Accession number: 2001.137

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Artist and subject

David Moore (age 36 in 1963)

Fred Williams (age 36 in 1963)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

David Moore (79 portraits)

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