Geoff Thornley

Ocean within no. 8

Ocean within no. 8 by Geoff Thornley

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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.

Title
Ocean within no. 8
Artist/creator
Production date
1967
Medium
acrylic on canvas on board
Dimensions
1219 x 1371 mm
Inscription
Thornley 1967 (l.r.)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1967
Accession no
1967/26
Other ID
1967/71 Old Accession Number
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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