#NOLAN100 - NO.56

McMurdo Sound, 1964

Mike Clements

"It’s the purples and blues that struck me so forcibly when I first saw this painting exhibited at the Sidney Nolan Trust.  How amazing that an icy, uninhabitable place should have such vibrant colour.  Nolan’s relatively brief visit resulted in 60-plus Antarctica images, now scattered round the museums and galleries of the world, enabling so many people to gain an appreciation of a place that so few get the chance to visit."


Mike Clements is printmaking tutor at the Sidney Nolan Trust and curator of numerous printmaking and artists’ book projects for the Trust, including the current Re-imagining the Laws of England and Wales (celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta).  This is shortly to complete an 11 venue, two year tour of the UK.   www.mikeclementsartist.com

Sidney Nolan, McMurdo Sound, 1964, ripolin and oil on hardboard, 122 x 122 cm, © Sidney Nolan Trust

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Arts Council England