Abstract painting, by Grace Crowley
Along with Ralph Balson and Frank Hinder, Grace Crowley was instrumental in the development of Modernism and Abstract art in Australia. She studied at Julian Ashton’s school before going to France, where she studied in the 1920's under Cubist artists André Lhote and Albert Gleizes. On her return to Australia, she and fellow modernist Rah Fizelle established an art school devoted to the principles and practice of Modern art.
The overlapping planes of bold colour featured in Abstract painting reflect Crowley's interest in geometric and abstract forms. This work is one of two of Crowley’s purely abstract works featured in the Art Gallery of Ballarat's collection.