Salvatore ZOFREAPaul SMITH, My mother's hands Enlarge 1 /1

Salvatore ZOFREA

Borgia, Italy born 1946

  • Australia from 1956


Fiji born 1955


  • Australia from 1970

My mother's hands 1994-1999
Collection Title: Appassionata
Page: no.54
Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper woodcut, printed in black ink, from an Indonesian jelutong woodblock Support: white wove Arches BFK Rives 280 gsm paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: 'BFK RIVES FRANCE'
Edition State: published state
Impression: 3/14
Edition: edition of 14; plus 1 artist's proof on BFK Rives 280 gsm paper 36.0 x 76.5 cm; 1 artist's proof on cream Velin Arches paper 56.0 x 76.5 cm; 4 artist's proofs, and 1 hors commerce on heavy white Japanese Hitachi paper 84.0 x 63.6 cm.

Primary Insc: signed black pencil, lower right 'Zofrea'; Inscribed lower left below printed image in black pencil, '3/14'; Inscribed lower left below printed image in black pencil,
Secondary Insc: Printer's blindstamp lower right, 'Paul Smith Master Printmaker' [within circle]
Dimensions: printed image 50.5 h x 61.0 w cm sheet 56.0 h x 76.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Peter Fay 2001
Accession No: NGA 2001.135.54
Image rights: © Salvatore Zofrea, 1994-1999
  • Gift to the National Gallery of Australia, from Peter Fay, Sydney, 2001.

The later woodcut, My mother’s hands,shows my mother sitting down, wearing her typical apron and with her hands folded in her lap. The first time I did my mother’s hands was in 1961 when I asked her to sit for me so I could draw her hands for a drawing competition. I still have the drawings I made.

My mother’s hands said a great deal to me – they did so much work, they nursed me, they gave me lots of warmth and love and comfort. I wanted to express in the hands that they would protect you and nurture you. They were strong hands, working hands, because she had worked very hard since she was a young girl.

My mother played a profound role in my life and my evolution as a painter. She had a lot of strength and I think this portrait of her hands says it all.

Salvatore Zoffrea, 2002

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