Summer Hill, New South Wales, Australia 1906 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1992
Excavation for Wynyard
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, conté crayon; paper drawing in conté crayon Support: thin off-white wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: Watermark 6 places, 'Woodstock / Linen / Made in Great Britain'.
Travel overseas and two quite distinct experiences of cubist and futurist art impacted enormously on the modernist style of Frank Hinder. Hinder lived in America during the vibrant modernist period of the late 1920s when construction and design were dominant. Attracted by the dynamism and geometric linear patterning of futurist art, he found particular inspiration in Frank Stella’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge paintings. On his return to Australia, Hinder created precisely structured semi-abstract compositions of the modern city of Sydney. This construction site in Excavation for Wynyard bustles with energy and vigorous movement. Cranes reach upwards, rows of trucks and tall buildings intersect to create complex patterns which overshadow the central rhythmic curve of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002