Urban Daytime, Ken Whisson
  • Artist
    Ken Whisson
  • Born
    1927
  • Title
    Urban Daytime
  • Date of Production
    1977
  • Medium
    oil on composition board
  • Dimensions
    84.8 x 111.5 cm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased with the assistance of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council, 1977. © Courtesy the artist & Niagara Galleries

Ken Whisson

Urban Daytime

Ken Whisson studied at Swinburne Technical College before becoming a pupil of Danila Vassilieff in 1945-1946. Whisson's distinctive style has remained remarkably consistent and recognisable since the 1970s.

In Urban Daytime, which was painted before the artist settled in Perugia, Italy in 1977, Whisson has used sombre colours to depict an urban environment that is relieved only by the blue sky and the flash of gold on the figure. Interested in the reinterpretation of shape, everything Whisson has depicted in this image appears different from the reality we expect to see - the shadows do not fall where they ought to and the tree is smaller than the human figure - all with subtly disquietening results.