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David ROSE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1936 – Ourimbah, New South Wales, Australia 2006

  • Europe 1964 - 1965

Dragonflies over dam 1979 Place made: 'Hillside', Peach Orchard Road, Ourimbah, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper screenprint, printed in colour inks, from multiple stencils Support: medium smooth white wove paper
Edition State: published state
Impression: artist's proof
Edition: edition of 60

Edition Notes: Artist notes the edition was printed on Arches velin paper.
Primary Insc: Signed and dated lower right below printed image in black pencil, 'david rose 1979'. Titled lower left below printed image in black pencil, 'Dragonflies over dam'. Inscribed lower left below printed image in black pencil, 'A.P.'.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: printed image 50.0 h x 50.0 w cm sheet 80.2 h x 58.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the artist 1992
Accession No: NGA 92.596
  • Gift of the artist to the NGA, June 1992.

Listen … can you hear the sound of a dragonfly’s wings?

Artist David Rose depicts a floating frog and buzzing dragonflies. These small creatures appear to be lazily going about their business in a river or pool on a hot dry day in the bush. They could spring into action at any moment. The Australian landscape is a favourite subject for David Rose. In these works of art he shows us how some of the smallest Australian animals spend their time.

Activity: Draw a frog on a piece of paper. Cut the frog shape out of your paper so that you have a stencil in the shape of the frog. Experiment with placing the stencil shape in different positions on a second piece of paper. What else will you include in your composition?

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra