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oil on cornice adhesive on plywood
183.0 × 122.0 cm
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Margaret Stewart Endowment, 1995
© Louise Forthun/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Gallery location
Not on display
About the work

This large-scale abstract painting is based on a night view of St Kilda Road, Melbourne. The Arts Centre and the surrounding buildings, which line the main artery to Melbourne's central business district, are seen from an aerial perspective with Albert Park in the distance.

Forthun uses stencils to create the image in black and red, with white to emphasise the lights in windows and streets. The use of plasterers' cornice adhesive on plywood creates surface texture. This shows the artist's willingness to experiment with a wide range of materials and invent new techniques, moving away from traditional oil on canvas.

Forthun is interested in familiar things, in particular city structures as a major source of inspiration. She shows the city as an exciting structure full of life rather than as an alienating place.