Item #CL203-48 The Wave. Murray Griffin, 1903–1992 Aust.
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The Wave

1934. Colour linocut, titled and monogrammed in block lower centre, editioned 2/14, titled, signed and dated in pencil in lower margin, 27.8 x 35cm. Old stains and slight foxing to margins.

An impression of this image, as well as other work, is held in the National Gallery of Australia.

Born in Melbourne, Vaughan Murray Griffin was an Australian printmaker, painter and lecturer. “He spent most of his life living in the Eaglemont and Heidelberg area in Melbourne although he also travelled around country Victoria to paint and draw. He produced an extensive body of landscape paintings as well as portraits, but he is best known for his printmaking, in which he was heavily influenced by Japanese woodcuts.” From 1919 to 1940 Griffin studied at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, later teaching art at Scotch College and RMIT. During WWII he was appointed an official war artist and was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore and sent to Changi Prison, where he was incarcerated for more than three years. He continued to draw, sketch and paint during this time; the Australian War Memorial holds an extensive collection of this work. Griffin returned to Australia in 1945, taking up teaching posts. Ref: Wiki.

Item #CL203-48

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