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Fred Williams
You Yangs landscape  1963
oil and tempera on composition board
Wesfarmers Corporate Collection
© Estate of Fred Williams


Fred Williams in the You Yangs

19 August to 05 November 2017

Tickets—

Adult $16.00
Concession $12.00
Child $7.00
Members $10.00
Group (over 10) $14.00
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The enigmatic You Yangs range lies just over 20 km north of Geelong. Fred Williams first spotted the range in 1957 from the deck of the ship on which he was sailing home to Melbourne from London. Williams commenced drawing and painting in the You Yangs in 1962, and the geography provided him with various vantage points to focus on the distinctive rocky outcrops of the place, and the vast expanses of country that opened before him. It is his works of this period which led to what we now consider Fred Williams’ ‘classic’ or signature interpretation of the Australian landscape.

Fred Williams in the You Yangs brings together the ground-breaking paintings, drawings and etchings that represent the turning point in Fred Williams’s art. This exhibition reveals Williams’s enduring fascination with the You Yangs as a recurring subject (among others) for his painting throughout the 1960s to the late 1970s, and surveys in marvellous depth the artist’s working method.

 

Fred Williams in the You Yangs will be a major exhibition focussed on the turning point in Fred Williams’ vision of the Australian landscape.