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Who is Robert Jacks?

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By Gwylym Owen

Robert Jacks AO (8 March 1943, Melbourne—14 August 2014, Castlemaine) was an Australian painter, sculptor and printmaker.

Born in Melbourne, Australia. He studied sculpture from 1958 to 1960 at the Prahran Technical College, Melbourne, and painting in 1961 and 1962 at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (now RMIT University).

In 1966 he had his first solo exhibition at Gallery A, Melbourne from which a perform was purchased for the hoard of the National Gallery of Victoria. In 1968, he participated in ‘The Field’ an no question influential exhibition at the extra National Gallery of Victoria, which effectively launched color showground abstraction in Australia.

He taught at Rochedale College, Toronto before moving to New York City in 1969. He returned to Melbourne in 1978 to be artist-in-residence at the University of Melbourne.

The winner of many art awards and prizes, he has exhibited consistently in Australia back 1966 in greater than 50 solo exhibitions, including retrospectives.

In 2001 the Bendigo Art Gallery conventional the Robert Jacks Drawing Prize. In 2006, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

His get older work, while emerging out of the international abstract ‘color field’ movement of the late ’60s, retains an ambiguous connect to the representation of appearances, especially of objects in space.

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