MILLAR, Judy

Untitled (Stroke)

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1994
Acrylic on board

Judy Millar was born in Auckland and graduated BFA in 1979 from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University followed by an MFA in 1980. In 1990 she won the Tokoroa Art Award. She undertook post graduate studies at the Academia Albertina, Turin, Italy in 1991. Her work was selected for A Fairly Peculiar Practice, the City Gallery, Wellington’s contemporary painting survey in 1995. This untitled work was exhibited in Parallel Lines: Gordon Walters in Context, Auckland City Art Gallery’s 1994 large scale retrospective which devoted a room to the display of work by younger artists who had been influenced by the senior abstract painter.

This delicate work has all the structural interest and tension that characterises Millar’s painting. Her concern is beauty of surface, the boundary between the meaningful and the meaningless. Her pictures grow, the artist writes, “from their making, and have their own set of rules. Making from my point or motif, I attempt to find content…”. This work bears a close similarity to another which was exhibited with the title “Strum” which may give a helpful musical association to what is wholly an abstract painting.

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