Colloquial in Creswick
Born in Odessa, Russia to British parents, Victor Litherland
migrated to Australia in 1926 and moved to Creswick in 1932.
Litherland, who initially trained as a carpenter and cabinet maker,
not only made most of his furniture and clothes but also his
Litherland taught himself to paint from books in the Sydney
Public Library in 1943, and produced a number of works that relate
to the development of his adoptive home town. With its
disregard for perspective, unmodelled faces and cool fresh colours,
Colloquial in Creswick captures the artist's highly
personal interpretation of a former gold mining town that had
retained many of its old features. The artist also made the
elaborate frame for this work.