Frank Werther, Bush Garden
September 15 - October 29, 2011 Exhibition opening event Saturday September 17th, 2-5pm
This small selection of etchings reflects Frank Werther’s passion for the Australian landscape, the environs of his own bush home and studio and his life-long involvement with transforming keenly observed information into complex abstract images in which he manages to deftly counterpoise solid form with delicate linear webbing. His extensive experimentation with etching processes began in March 1967 and lasted until January 1977. During this relatively short period (in his long artistic life) he completed 63 etchings, many of which he did not edition fully. His meticulous record keeping provides a wealth of personal, technical and archival information that allows insight into his working methods and analytical thinking.
Deep intaglio and open bite etches, course rosin aquatints, colour roll-ups and soft ground etches were, at the time, what defined etching itself. These works are historically significant: they represent a particular phase in the history of Australian printmaking and particular phase in Werther’s oeuvre.
Wilma Tabacco, August 2011
Click to view selected Frank Werther Etchings 1971