Lesley DUMBRELL, Last light Enlarge 1 /1


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1941

  • England, Europe, America 1975 and 1978, Thailand from 1990

Last light 1985 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Dimensions: 183.0 h x 274.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.1882
Image rights: © Lesley Dumbrell

Lesley Dumbrell’s Last light draws inspiration from the natural world. It is a decorative mosaic of angular pieces, each one unique, while the painting is unified as a whole by the limited palette of colours. The flickering of individual elements draws the viewer’s attention back and forth across the work, punctuated at points by fragments of bright blue. Last light is evocative of an approaching summer evening, with glimpses of the fading sky through the rustling foliage. The leaves are, however, not those of a native gum but rather of a mature maple or oak tree, perhaps in a quiet city park; a peaceful and contemplative sanctuary from the constant bustle of the metropolis.

Steven Tonkin

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