Barbara BRASH
Australian 1925–1998

House c. 1958      
colour lithograph; edition of 15       
Geelong Gallery
Gift of Moira Eckel through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2017
© the estate of the artist

Produced at Melbourne Technical College, this lithograph reinterprets the makeup of a house through a Cubist lens. By shifting perspective on the picture plane, Brash portrays the front and rear of the structure at the same time and within the same space. Three-dimensionality is communicated through the use of shadow and the angled eave of the verandah that bridges the divide between opposing planes and surfaces. 
In contrast to relief printing, lithography allows the artist to draw their design directly onto a specially prepared lithographic stone. Here, Brash builds a visual scaffold of strong geometric lines, graphic swathes of colour, textural cross-hatching and delicate plant patterns, her wide range of illustrative expression captured by the lithographic process.

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