Will DYSON, Our ultra moderns: Enlarge 1 /1


Alfredton, Victoria, Australia 1880 – London, England 1938

  • England1909-25
  • Australia 1925-30
  • England from 1930

Our ultra moderns: "Sometimes I feel like chucking it all and going in for art!". c.1929
Collection Title: Our ultra moderns
Place made: New York, New York, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper drypoint, printed in black ink with plate-tone, from one plate Support: paper
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression
Edition: edition unknown

Primary Insc: signed lower right below plate-mark in black pencil, 'Will Dyson'. not dated. titled lower left below plate-mark in black pencil, 'Our ultra moderns / 'Sometimes I feel like chucking it all and going in for art!''
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: inscribed lower left corner of sheet, '23' [above number crossed out].
Dimensions: plate-mark 30.0 h x 25.1 w cm sheet 39.2 h x 30.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1977
Accession No: NGA 77.456
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from John Brackenreg, Artarmon Galleries, Sydney, 1977.

Will Dyson, brother-in-law of Norman and Lionel Lindsay, spent much of his life in England where his cartoons for the Daily Herald were acclaimed for their biting sarcasm, as were the lithographs commissioned by the Australian government during the First World War. Dyson returned to Australia in 1925 and, in the next five years before his return to England, produced a series of prints criticising social injustices and prejudices. In his drypoint Our ultra moderns ‘Sometimes I feel like chucking it all in and going in for art!’, he attacked artists who felt they had to respond to the current artistic fashion, in this case distorted figurative painting.

Roger Butler

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