Golden barriers, Murray Griffin
  • Artist
    Murray Griffin
  • Born
  • Died
  • Title
    Golden barriers
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    91.8 x 92 cm
  • Credit Details
    George Crouch Prize, 1935. © N. Griffin

Murray Griffin

Golden barriers

With the exception of three and a half years confined in Changi during World War II, Murray Griffin lived and worked in Victoria for all of his life. While training at the National Gallery School, Melbourne (1919-23), Griffin designed and made stained glass windows but by the 1920s he had developed a reputation as a painter and a printmaker. Considered to be a modernist in his use of colour and design, Griffin moved away from the tonal influences of teachers such as Max Meldrum and Bernard Hall and developed a style that was stronger in both colour and form.

Griffin spent much time sketching landscapes in the open, which he would then work up in the studio. Golden Barriers, with its luminosity and inviting yet uncanny landscape, is much more developed than an initial impression. Here the billowing clouds and partly cleared hills rise above a sunlit valley in which there are no signs of current human activity even though man has obviously had a major impact on the landscape.