David Rankin

David Rankin
David Rankin
David Rankin
David Rankin

David Rankin


Untitled (Black Moon over Port Hacking), c. 1968
David Rankin (Born 1946)
acrylic on hardboard
62 x 102 cm
signed lower right
Provenance: Private collection, Melbourne
Exhibited: Watters Gallery, Sydney, Oct. 1968


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This painting is an excellent example of David Rankin's early work which helped establish him as an important abstract painter. “…when I painted this (early) work, I was clearly in the thrall of Paul Klee. To a degree I still am. Both Daniel Thomas and James Gleeson wrote generously about the work. The title I don’t remember but those early paintings were to do with the bays and jetty’s around Port Hacking at night and there was often, as in this case, a black moon.” David Rankin 2018

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David Rankin

David Rankin is a New York-based Australian artist. His first solo show was held at Watters Gallery in Sydney in 1968. Since then he has emerged as a significant abstract painter and has participated in well over one hundred exhibitions around the world including at New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin and Cologne, as well as all over Australia.

David won Australia's premier landscape prize, the Art Gallery of N.S.W Wynne Prize in 1983. In 2005-2006 a major retrospective of his work toured major national Australian galleries to critical acclaim. In 2013 Dore Ashton released a book on his work, David Rankin: The New York Years.

David Rankin is represented in many of the world’s leading collections and museums. In Australia his work is featured in major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Queensland Art Gallery.