Micky ALLAN, Babies  [fingers in mouth] Enlarge 1 /1


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1944

  • born Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1944 movement details Asia, Europe 1970
  • Europe, Tunisia 1983-1988

Babies [fingers in mouth] 1976
Collection Title: Babies
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph, hand-coloured in colour pencils gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: signed and dated l.c.- l.r., pencil, " Micky Allan 1976". repeated l.r. mount
Secondary Insc: insc. c. pencil," 2/2" repeated c.l. of mount.
Tertiary Insc: insc, reverse, l.r. mount, blue ball-point pen "V".c.r., pencil "M Allan".
Dimensions: printed image 11.3 h x 11.4 w cm sheet 25.4 h x 20.1 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the Philip Morris Arts Grant 1982
Accession No: NGA 83.2049

Allan trained as a painter in the late 1960s and took up photography in 1974. In place of the isolation she felt accompanied a painting practice, photography supported a life of social interaction and engagement. For Allan, the moment when she feels closest to her subjects, a moment of profound connectedness and the point of greatest pleasure for her, is the moment when she sits ready at her desk with the photographic print i'1 front of her, poised to commence the hand colouring. Over-painted, the photographs become subjective-personal and individual. Indeed, hand colouring is part of an investigation into the interplay between the outer and inner worlds that characterises Allan's oeuvre.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra