Ringing in the Changes
Robert Jacks born 1943
Ringing in the Changes 1989
oil on linen
168.0 x 251.0 cm
Gift of the Bank of Melbourne 1997
Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia,
Internationally renowned Australian artist Robert Jacks lives and works in central Victoria. Jacks's work can be understood in relation to the development of abstraction during the 1960s and 1970s in Australia, a period that also witnessed the abstractionist investigations of artists such as David Aspden, Janet Dawson, Robert Hunter and John Firth-Smith. Despite frequent revolutions in public taste and ideology, Jacks's dedication to exploring the possibilities of abstraction has continued.
Ringing in the Changes, 1989, and other works from the artist's series of 'wedge' paintings, draw on Jacks's experiences while living in Cornwall, where he lectured at the Cornwall School of Art. During this period, he often watched the sailing boats that skimmed the waters of the Atlantic, an experience evoked by Ringing in the Changes. The blue of the sky in this work has a startling clarity, heightened by the use of contrasting dark reds. The sails, if indeed they can be called that, move in opposite directions, catching different winds as it were, and so - metaphorically - signalling that there are 'changes in the wind'.