Macquarie Galleries, Sydney (label attached verso); The Estate of the late James O. Fairfax AC, New South Wales, acquired from the above in 1968;
Deutscher and Hackett, Important Australian Works of Art from the Estate of the late James O. Fairfax AC, Sydney, 30/08/2017, Lot No. 22
Recent Paintings and Drawings by Justin O’Brien, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 16 – 28 October 1968, cat. 6 Merioola and after, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 12 July – 17 August 1986; Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, 28 August – 5 October 1986; Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong, 16 October – 16 November 1986, cat. 75 (dated as c. 1967);
Justin O’Brien and Friends: a birthday celebration, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 6 – 30 August 1987, cat. 24 (illus., dated as c. 1967, exhibition catalogue and back cover);
Justin O’Brien: The Sacred Music of Colour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 December 2010 – 27 February 2011, cat. 61.
signed ‘William Robinson, 2003’ lower right corner
Private collection, Queensland
It has been said that William Robinson has changed the way we perceive the Australian landscape. His vision is a unique one and paintings from the artist’s most popular rainforests series reveal the enduring power of nature from a multi-dimensional perspective. These paintings inspire awe with their multi-perspective views of the lush rainforest canopy and as a viewer one feels swept into, around and throughout the picture.
In 2003 Robinson’s major works were surveyed at the S.H Ervin Gallery in Sydney. The year 2003 was a high point in the artist’s career and the rainforest paintings from this period are widely regarded to be among the artist’s finest works.