ACU was recently gifted a suite of 10 significant prints by the celebrated artist Alun Leach-Jones, in the final year of his life.
Supporting a 2016 acquisition of the artist’s impressive acrylic on canvas Coastwise Lights #4, 2009, these captivating works have been newly framed and installed in locations throughout the St Patrick's Campus in Melbourne and the MacKillop Campus in Sydney.
ACU Curator, Caroline Field said: “These limited edition prints are becoming rare and represent a valuable and welcome addition to the University’s art collection”.
Alun Leach-Jones (1937–2017) rose to prominence during the 1960’s and 1970’s with his distinctive abstract forms and circular motifs, and has been widely represented in major collections including The Guggenheim, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and both The National Gallery of Australia and The National Gallery of Victoria. Known for meticulously mixing his own colours, he was aligned with the influential Neo-Geo art movement that, during the 1980’s and 1990’s, depicted and explored elements of social and commercial geometry.
Staff, students and visitors will be able to see these newly installed and much appreciated works, including the five iconic India series prints completed in 1976, the engaging Pyramid tribute from 1971, and the eclectic In Praise of Music from 1988.
Leach-Jones had formed a personal and visual connection with the University through his view of the ACU Tenison Woods House tower with ACU logo from his house in North Sydney. The University is proud to receive and promote these important artworks, which demonstrate the high regard our art collection is held in by major artists.
Artwork details: In Praise of Music c.1988 Screenprint ed. V/XX 66 x 73.5cm, ACU Art Collection