William Turnbull

Night

About this artwork

This piece was made after Turnbull bought some rosewood logs at a timber merchant's yard. He had not previously done any carving, but produced a series of works in which several elements, often different materials, are stacked on top of each other. The shape of this sculpture suggests a primitive idol, something which might be a focus of worship in another culture. The sliced ovoid form, which sits delicately on the horizontal bar, developed from Turnbull's fascination with opening flowers, and was partly inspired by Monet's late water-lily paintings. The form can also read as a head gazing upward.

  • title:
    Night
  • accession number:
    GMA 2831
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  • materials:
    Bronze and rosewood
  • date created:
    1962 - 1963
  • measurements:
    161.40 x 124.50 x 43.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1984
  • copyright:
    © Estate of William Turnbull. All rights reserved, DACS 2018.

William Turnbull

William Turnbull