Paris 1975

Paris Blue Scroll, 41 x 220 cm, acrylic and pigment on canvas

During a residency in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts in 1975 I made the work for my first solo exhibition, PARIS BLACK, shown in Sydney at Watters Gallery in 1977.Working with raw pigments afforded me an intensity of colour and flatness of surface.The work was informed by musical structures, specifically glissandi, and the overallshape of a scroll implied events in time, a beginning, middle and end. Every Sunday I walked along the Seine to the Musée National d’Art Moderne, where I was introduced to the School of Paris, from the Delaunays, to Alechinsky. That year Nina Kandinsky presented the work of her late husband at a gallery in the Quartier latin, and at Notre Dame I listened to Pierre Cochereau. Unknown to me at the time Olivier Messiaen was playing organ at another church, andthe Salon des Réalités Nouvelles was holding its annual exhibitions of Abstraction.