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Object: Relief C

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Title Relief C
Production Peebles, Don (artist), 1970-71, Christchurch
Medium summary acrylic and pencil on wood
Materials wood, acrylic paint, pencil graphite
Classification sculpture
Dimensions Overall: 910 (Height) x 920 (Length)
Credit line Purchased 1996
Registration number 1996-0026-6

Don Peebles described his encounter with British abstract art in the early 1960s as ‘a kick in the guts’. Ben Nicholson and Victor Pasmore were both creating abstract constructions that convinced him to ‘keep on pushing the boundaries’ of what painting could achieve.

Peebles experimented with making three-dimensional reliefs in wood, transforming the surface of his work into something that projected into space. He left detailed notes on how to light his reliefs. For him, the shadows cast were as integral to the work as its material elements.

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