Cuba S I, Tony McGillick
  • Artist
    Tony McGillick
  • Born
    1941
  • Died
    1992
  • Title
    Cuba S I
  • Date of Production
    1967
  • Medium
    acrylic on canvas
  • Dimensions
    245 x 245 cm (irregular)
  • Credit Details
    Purchased with the assistance of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council, 1979

Tony McGillick

Cuba S I

After studying at the Julian Ashton School (1958-1959), Tony McGillick continued his studies in London and on returning to Australia he helped to establish the Central Street Gallery which promoted hard edged abstract or 'colour field' painting.  Impressed by the hard edge painting he had seen in the US, McGillick began to experiment with a modular construction of painting.  By painting each module a different colour and then arranging each in different ways, McGillick was able to show how limited resources could be used to produce a number of rich and varied effects.

Many of McGillick's works related to current political issues and are referenced in the titles that he gave to his work.  Cuba S I is a direct reference to the Cuban missile crisis which occurred shortly before this time.