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Charles AISEN

Poland 1900 – Australia 1991

  • Australia 1926

Studley Park Road c.1977 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, fibre tipped pen on paper, synthetic polymer paint, enamel on soldered tin

Primary Insc: signed on base l.r. SPP "c.a."
Secondary Insc: inscribed l.r., SPP on paper "STUDLEY PARK ROAD KEW WAS/BUILT IN THE EARLY THIRTIES/DURiNG THE DEPRESSION, TO/GIVE A DAYS WORK CALLED THE/DOLE OF THE PICK AND SHOVEL"
Dimensions: 14.5 h x 27.5 w x 24.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the artist 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.1298

Charles Aisen’s tableau-like tin sculptures drew from his observations of life in Australia during the hardships of the Depression. In Studley Park Road, Kew road builders work accompanied by a slogan reading: ‘Studley Park Road was built in the early thirties during the Depression, to give a days work called the dole of the pick and shovel’.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra