Abstraction–Création features the work of J.W. Power, one of Australia’s most successful and accomplished expatriate painters of the inter-war years.
Developed by University of Sydney with the National Library, this exhibition for the first time brings together Power’s paintings from the University with his sketchbooks and part of his collection held by the National Library of Australia.
Despite his career as an avant-garde artist who participated in numerous exhibitions in London, Paris and Amsterdam between 1921 and 1938 his life is little known in this country, other than as a visionary benefactor to the University of Sydney.
Born in Sydney in 1881 and trained as a Doctor, Power moved to further his studies in Europe before serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Great War. Power abandoned medicine and studied art in Paris with Fernand Léger in his Académie Moderne, and became part of the international group of artists known as Abstraction-Création.