Cantata no. 12: The journey 1963
oil on composition board
130.2 x 192.2 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Miss Flora MacDonald Anderson and Mrs Ethel Elizabeth Ogilvy Lumsden, Founder Benefactors, 1994
© Yvonne Audette/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Yvonne Audette is one of Australia’s most accomplished abstract artists. In 1952, she travelled to the United States of America where she enrolled at the New York Academy of Design and was introduced to the burgeoning abstract styles of the day, encountering the radical new work of artists including Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline.
In 1955 she travelled to Europe, establishing a studio in Florence and later, Milan, where she lived and worked, presenting numerous successful exhibitions, before returning to Australia in 1966.
This exhibition of paintings and drawings will focus on Audette’s expatriate years, charting the development of her distinctive abstract vocabulary, from her earliest experimentation with abstract forms to the lyrical calligraphic and graffiti works for which she is renowned.