Frank HINDER, Excavation for Wynyard Enlarge 1 /1


Summer Hill, New South Wales, Australia 1906 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1992

  • United States of America 1927-34

Excavation for Wynyard 1935 Place made: 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, 'Woodstock / Linen / Made in Great Britain'.

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right within image in black pencil, 'Hinder - 35'. titled lower right within image in black pencil, 'Excavation for Wynyard'. inscribed lower right below image in black pencil, 'Wynyard Excavation'.
Dimensions: sheet 57.1 h x 45.2 w cm image 51.6 h x 38.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1981
Accession No: NGA 81.1370
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from the artist, through Gallery A, Sydney, March 1981.

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. 

Anne McDonald

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