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THE UNKNOWN TONY MCGILLICK

A RECENT RETROSPECTIVE AT THE Macquarie University Art Gallery, ‘A Field of Colour, Tony McGillick’ – the first major survey of his work since 1978 – was a powerful reminder of the originality and brilliance of Tony McGillick’s legacy.

I use the word ‘legacy’ advisedly because, insofar as he is still remembered, Tony’s painting is largely known only through a small number of early works. This was true even when he was alive since, in his entire career, he held only three solo shows, including his ‘Survey 6 Tony McGillick’ exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in 1978. He did appear in numerous group shows, but he had a passionate commitment to the integrity of painting as a

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