Hand-signed limited edition of 70
Lifesong is from the Orpheus Suite series that Charles Blackman created to express the writings of Nadine Amadio, a highly regarded music and arts critic, and author. In Lifesong, Blackman depicts the life force as a song that encircles all of thought and growth in the country of the heart.
- Image size: 60cm x 90 cm
- Paper size: 70cm x 97 cm
- Museum quality and acquired by the Australian National Gallery in Canberra
- 290 gsm Hahnemuhle 100% rag etching archival paper
- Box frames
- Available in white, silver or raw timber
- Mounted with acid-free archival, museum-quality, matte border
Born 1928 in Sydney, Charles Blackman studied at East Sydney Technical College before starting work as a press artist for the Sydney Sun newspaper. It was not until he travelled to Melbourne in 1952 and became involved in the more sympathetic, figurative movement there that Charles Blackman’s work gained direction and attracted attention for its individuality. In 1960, Blackman won the Helena Rubinstein Scholarship and, following this, spent some years in London where he enjoyed notable success. Blackman’s symbolic-styled paintings feature recurring images of children, flowers and cats, and scenes inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
Among his most famous images are those from his 1950s Schoolgirl series, which convey both feelings of vulnerability and menace. Art critic and writer Jean Campbell writes of Blackman’s warm humanity and “a tender awareness of the everyday personal relationships and of the vulnerability of the human condition – especially that of children.”
Charles Blackman has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas. He is represented in the Musée d’Art in Paris, the Contemporary Art Society of London and in Australian state and regional galleries.
His work also appears in many corporate and private collection in Australia and overseas. He was awarded an OBE in 1977 for services to the arts.
Reference: The Paintings of Charles Blackman: The Substance of Dreams, A. Alvarez (1965); Apparition, A. Alvarez (1971); Lost Domains, N. Amadio (1980); Charles Blackman, Paris Dreaming, Nadine Amadio (1982); Modern Australian Painting 1950–1970 and Modern Australian Painting 1975–1980, K. Bonython; Australian Watercolour Painters, J. Campbell (1983); The Years of Hope: Australian Art and Criticism 1958-1968, G. Catalano (1981); The Art of Charles Blackman, T. Shapcott (1989)