Colloquial in Creswick, Victor Litherland
  • Artist
    Victor Litherland
  • Born
    1897
  • Died
    1978
  • Title
    Colloquial in Creswick
  • Date of Production
    1960
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    65.0 x 91.0 cm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased with funds from the Gallery Women’s Association, 1998

Victor Litherland

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 painting equipment.

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.