Collection

Winged spill variations
Gretchen Albrecht

1974

Gretchen Albrecht
b.
1943
Title:
Winged spill variations
Production date:
1974
Accession No:
78/18
Measurements:
2 panels 1615 x 664mm and 1 panel 1615 x 858mm.
Media:
Acrylic on canvas, glued on board

Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Purchased with funds from the Dorothy Atmore Bequest in 1978.

Rather than painting with a brush, here Gretchen Albrecht has poured paint onto the canvas. It has been absorbed into the unprimed canvas to produce veils of colour. Such works show the influence of American colour field painters of the 1960s, particularly Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler. Although her work appears abstract, Albrecht based her compositions at this time on studies of natural phenomena such as landforms, clouds, gardens, or the meeting of sea and sky.