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This abstract painting is dominated by a central black 'element' composed of rectilinear forms in varying modulations of black. These forms are bounded by tonal passages of grey and pink, creating an object-ground relationship with the central mass. This object-like quality is emphasised by Gear's use of thick paint applied with a palette knife.

The Pier Arts Centre







oil on canvas


H 24.4 x W 33.2 cm

Accession number

PAC 12

Acquisition method

gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979

Work type


Inscription description

1. 'Gear'. 2. '12'. 3. 'GEAR / 13¼ x 9¼'. 4. '9½" x 13"'. 5. '4F. Marguerite Bernal'. 6. 'Gear / "ELEMENT" / OCT. '55'. 7. exhibition label (artist name and title).


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