Virginia COVENTRY, Inflections 4 Enlarge 1 /1


East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1942

  • Slade School London 1967/8 Melbourne 1953 - 1969
  • 1973-75 Sydney 1970-72
  • 1976 -

Inflections 4 1997 Materials & Technique: drawings, pencil, synthetic polymer paint Support: thick smooth cream wove rag paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark

Primary Insc: Signed and dated lower right within image in black pencil, 'VHC '97'. Signed and dated verso lower centre right in black pencil, 'VHC / 14/7/'97'. Inscribed verso lower centre left in black pencil, 'To window mount./ /135 x 180 mm./ as marked up / (ignore black pencil frame)'. Inscribed verso in black pencil lower centre right, '5 [within circle]'. Inscribed verso upper right in black pencil, 'N [above upwards arrow]'.
Dimensions: image 17.8 h x 25.6 w cm sheet 18.8 h x 25.6 w cm
Accession No: NGA 2009.892
Image rights: © Virginia Coventry. Licensed by Viscopy
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from the artist, Sydney, August 2009.

Drawing has always played a key role in the conceptual, formal and performative framework of Virginia Coventry’s rigorous picture making. Both of these drawings engage the use of silverpoint over black acrylic paint. The silver grids – at once representational (they refer to actual spaces) and non-objective (they draw attention to the edges of the drawing and its support) – can be difficult to see against the black grounds. In moving around and over the drawings to more clearly see the silver line, the viewer joins the artist in an experience of what she calls ‘the optical and felt space of drawing’.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra