Axel POIGNANT, Artist's hand Enlarge 1 /1


England 1906 – 1986

  • Australia 1926-1956

Artist's hand 1941 Place made: Western Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 34.2 h x 31.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1984
Accession No: NGA 84.143

Axel Poignant emigrated to Australia from England in 1926 at the age of 20. He settled in Perth in 1934 and, through trips in regional Western Australia, became interested in the outback and Aboriginal culture. This photograph shows the hand of his friend Hal Missingham, a graphic artist and photographer. The lined hand, dirtied from working on their broken-down vehicle, is symbolic of the hard work required for survival in the Australian bush.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra