Hand-signed limited edition of 70
In the delightful Skipping Girl, Blackman takes an icon of the Melbourne skyline – the neon sign for “Skipping Girl Vinegar – and offers his joyful reaction, the vibrant signage with a young girl skipping past.
- Image size: 89cm x 67cm
- Paper size: 100cm x 76cm
- Archival limited-edition print on Hahnemuhle 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)