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Untitled History Painting III

© the artist. Photo credit: Government Art Collection

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Blaise Drummond's painting looks at first glance like a sample of fabric, with coloured flecks sewn into it. But it is actually peppered with meticulously painted 'vignettes' of apparently random images: two hikers walking along with their backpacks; a ship; various houses and plants; a figure sweeping; a car under a dust sheet. He combines abstraction and carefully observed realism in one image. Drummond's interest lies in the relationships between people and their environment. Here, the vignettes are not situated in any environmental context, and it is not clear how exactly they relate to one another. They appear superimposed onto the abstract background, which functions as the landscape.

Government Art Collection





oil on canvas


H 152.8 x W 152.8 cm

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purchased from the Contemporary Art Society 'Art Futures' Market, 1999

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Old Admiralty Building, Admiralty Place, London, Greater London SW1A 2BL England

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