(Unknown) , Adrian Lawlor
  • Artist
    Adrian Lawlor
  • Born
  • Died
  • Title
  • Date of Production
    circa 1939
  • Medium
    oil on paper mounted on board
  • Dimensions
    48.5 x 64 cm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased, 1981. ©The Estate of Adrian Lawlor

Adrian Lawlor


Painter, critic and writer Adrian Lawlor had a strong interest in European contemporary art. Although he experimented with different forms and styles, his paintings received little recognition during his life time. A colourist, Lawlor used symbols and abstracted forms in his work as seen in this composition with its maritime theme.

As some 200 of his works were destroyed by fire in 1939 and he stopped painting soon after 1940, this abstract is one of a small body of extant early work by the artist. Lawlor appears to have been the first artist in Australia to have adopted the device of surrounding his works with a white frame