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Len Crawford interviewed by Barbara Blackman [sound recording]
Bib ID 293333
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Crawford, Len, 1920-1996, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1988 
4 sound cassettes (ca. 354 min.) 
Summary

Len Crawford speaks about his adoption and family background; his childhood; religion, spirituality and art; his schooling; his early drawing; his work life; the Great Depression; the Australian Communist Party; the Worker's Theatre Group; attending Sidney Nolan's first exhibition; his involvement with ballet productions; World War II; working in the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories; landscape painting in Hobart while staying with Edith Holmes; Gino Nibbi; taking art classes with Mary Mercer; living with Nancy Roberts; developing his artistic skills; exhibiting at the Rowden White Library in 1948, and at the Kozminsky Gallery in 1950; Melbourne and Sydney art circles; exhibiting with the Contemporary Arts Society in Sydney in 1939; his preference for abstract painting; his desire to compose music and playing the piano; his collection of contemporary music; attending music concerts and ballet; The Contemporary Art Society; exhibiting at the Gallery of Contemporary Art in 1956; teaching art at Junior Technical Colleges; gardening and reading; the painting 'Captive Phoenix'.

Crawford discusses the painting 'Solemn & Harmonic'; designing a cover for Ern Malley's Journal; work held by the National Gallery of Australia; reviews; overseas travel and its influence on painting; living and painting in Highgate in 1963; exhibiting at Heal's Gallery in London; teaching at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; teaching art to troubled children; writing; retirement and purchasing a house; happiness, humour, physical fitness and ambition; his appreciation of work by others; a missing series of Aboriginal-style paintings; works borrowed by an Aboriginal group for their first float in the Moomba Procession; Australian abstract painters; being open and receptive towards art; the effect of future changes to tertiary education on art schools; exhibiting at the Chapman Powell Street Gallery in 1970; portraits of Crawford by other artists; self-portraits; the public appreciation and knowledge of his work.

Notes

Recorded on July 27, 1988.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-216049296

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (16 p.) 
Subjects Crawford, Len, 1920-1996 -- Interviews.  |  Painters -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Art, Abstract -- Australian -- 20th century.  |  Art teachers -- Australia -- Interviews.
Occupation Painters.  |  Art teachers.
Other authors/contributors Blackman, Barbara, 1928-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 2299 (summary)
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