Ian Burn: four paintings and a drawing exercise, 1956–1961

Guzzler is pleased to present a selection of Ian Burn juvenilia sourced from the artist’s brother Robert in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Burn is best known for his involvement in the transatlantic conceptual art collective Art & Language, but his early work is grounded in the traditional genres (landscape, still life, portrait). The exhibition gives a sense of Burn’s art leading up to and during his studies at the National Gallery, Melbourne and his encounter with modernism in the early 1960s.

Still Life in Tonal Study, 1960, gouache on paper, 34 × 50 cm

Portrait of Margaret Burn, 1961, oil on canvas, 47 × 70 cm

Untitled drawing exercise (study of hands), c. 1960, pencil on paper, 42 × 56 cm

Old Hotel, 1956, watercolour on paper, 39 × 26 cm

Dead Gums, 1960, watercolour on paper, 49 × 50 cm