Geoff Thornley

Ocean within no. 8

Ocean within no. 8 by Geoff Thornley

Artwork Detail

Two anonymous figures walk towards us; their faces masked in black while in the background a trio strides across the rural landscape. Dressed in a suit, the central figure appears like a photographic negative cut and pasted onto the landscape. 'Ocean Within No. 8' reveals the influence of Pop art with its balance between fine art and mass culture. Dressed in suits, the dark figures allude to urban society’s complex relationship with the land.

Ocean within no. 8
Geoff Thornley
Production date
acrylic on canvas on board
1219 x 1371 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1967
Accession no
Other ID
1967/71 Old Accession Number
Copying restrictions apply
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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