Abstraction-Création exhibition tour

Abstraction-Création exhibition tour

J.W. Power (1881-1943), Conversation 1931-32. The University of Sydney
25 July 2014 to 26 October 2014, 10.30am-11am
Exhibition Gallery, Ground floor


No bookings required

Enjoy a free, volunteer guided tour of the Abstraction-Création Exhibition. Meet outside the gallery. The tour takes approximately 30 minutes.

Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am

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.