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Robert Hunter, July 1978, 1978 (printed 2012)

Robert Rooney

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 24.0 cm x 35.2 cm, image: 20.0 cm x 30.5 cm)

Robert Hunter (1947-2014), painter, trained at Preston Technical College and RMIT from 1964 to 1967, and was deeply impressed by the work of American abstractionist Ad Reinhardt in Melbourne in 1967. In 1968, when he held his first solo show at Tolarno, his work was chosen for the abstract exhibition The Field, the inaugural exhibition at the new NGV in St Kilda Road. By time of the opening show at Pinocotheca in Richmond in 1970 he had abandoned canvas, and colour, showing six large squares of paper painted grey. The next month he painted grey squared grids on the walls. Now, he is best known for his geometric works in shades of white on board. His works are held in the National Gallery, most state galleries, regional and university galleries and TarraWarra.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012
© Estate of Robert Rooney

Accession number: 2012.94

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Robert Rooney (age 41 in 1978)

Robert Hunter (age 31 in 1978)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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