Arthur Wicks: ahead of 'The Field'

Leonard Janiszewski (Other), Rhonda Davis (Other), Kate Hargraves (Other)

Research output: Non-traditional research outputExhibition


A Macquarie University Art Gallery exhibition held between 13 September – 9 October 2013. The exhibition examines the work of artist Arthur Wicks who was producing experimental pieces of hard-edge abstraction, shaped canvases and colour field paintings at least two years ahead of the legendary 1968 exhibition 'The Field'.

A key proponent of colour field painting in Australia, Arthur Wicks produced a vast reservoir of paintings, sculptures and screen prints as relational to the socio-political landscape of 60s Australia amidst the technological globalised age fraught with destabilisation and warfare. The combination of hard-edge abstraction with mechanical reproduction, Wicks produced a unique visual language which reflected the new aesthetics and politics of the time. these works have now been unearthed and revived, and are exhibited for the first time in over 40 years.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMacquarie University Art Gallery
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Fine art
  • Australian art
  • Arthur Wicks
  • hard-edge abstraction
  • colour field
  • shaped canvases
  • screen printing
  • Exhibition
  • Curation
  • 1960s Australian Art


Dive into the research topics of 'Arthur Wicks: ahead of 'The Field''. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this