Fred Williams first spotted the You Yangs in 1957 from the deck of the ship on which he was sailing home to Melbourne from London. Williams commenced gouache painting in the You Yangs in 1962, and the geography provided him with various vantage points to focus on the distinctive rocky outcrops of the place, and the vast expanses of country that opened before him. It is his works of this period which led to what we now consider Fred Williams’s ‘classic’ or signature interpretation of the Australian landscape.
Fred Williams in the You Yangs brings together the ground-breaking paintings, drawings and etchings that represent the turning point in Fred Williams’s art.
Each Sunday, explore highlights of the exhibition in an engaging tour with a Gallery Guide, from 2pm to 4pm. Free with exhibition admission.
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