Ancient Remants, 1984
James Meldrum (Born 1931)
acrylic on canvas
45.5 x 55.5cm
Provenance: Mr Ben Frenkel, Melbourne
Exhibited: James Meldrum, Pinacotheca Gallery, March 1986 # 16
0419 540 162
“…Meldrum’s paintings between 1983 and 1986 introduce two mystical themes – imaginary monasteries and alchemical work-benches. Both are presented as geometricised conformations cunningly constructed with the intention of guiding spectators into the artist imaginative realm…” Jenny Zimmer, February 1986.
James Meldrum studied art at Swinburne Technical college from 1945-49. His paintings were first shown in London, then at Kozminsky galleries in Melbourne 1953. For many years he concentrated on teaching art at RMIT. His surrealistic canvases depicting non functional objects won him many awards including the 1971 Sulman Prize and the 1979 Canberra Art Prize.
He held about 30 solo exhibitions between 1951 and 2006 including in London, Sydney and Melbourne (Pinacotheca, Charles Nodrum). A retrospective of his work was held at the Cairns Regional Gallery in 2006.
James Meldrum’s works are represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia. Canberra, and the Art Gallery of NSW (as part of the bequest of novelist Patrick White) and many regional galleries.