Max Gimblett

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1935

3 Grand Jacks – Joe, Jack, Jesus

  • 2010
  • Pencil, ink, pearlescent and metallic ink, acrylic polymer, oil size, copper, Swiss gold and aluminium leaves on Arches Watercolour 555lb paper (France)
  • The Max Gimblett and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Gift
  • 762 x 1067mm
  • 2011/188

Max’s iconic quatrefoil shape blends with a series of circles in an explosion of colour and form. The spontaneity of the blue ink as it runs and splatters over the paper is beautifully contrasted with the other colours, which are meticulously painted and confined to their pencil-drawn boundaries.

Here, Max explores the possibilities of the circle as an overlaying form: four circles are overlaid to create the quatrefoil shape, with each of these contained within their own larger, overlapping circles.

(Max Gimblett: Ocean Wheel 1 August – 15 November 2020)