Ben TAYLOR, Sinking tank no. 10 Enlarge 1 /1


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia born 1960

Sinking tank no. 10 1988 Place made: Michelago, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, painting in watercolour Support: paper

Primary Insc: Signed and dated lower right in black pencil, 'Ben Taylor 88'. Titled verso lower right in crayon 'Sinking Tank 10'.
Dimensions: sheet 65.2 h x 103.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.912
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Ben Grady Gallery, Canberra, June 1989.

After six years of printmaking, it was a joy to work with the immediacy of watercolour and Chinese calligraphy brushes. Hence the title Sinking tank no 10. I was able to do many works in one sitting and choose the best rather than, with the process of printmaking, having to wait weeks until I had a result.

The nature of watercolour suggests watery subjects, free-flowing line; splashes, spray and drips from the brush suggest the movement of water; the way colours bleed into each other and remain transparent lends itself to the depiction of water in its varied states, whether as crashing waves or ripples and bubbles in a pond.

Ben Taylor

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra