21. ERNEST SIDNEY PHILPOT(1906-1985)
Signed lower right
Oil and enamel on board
75 x 49cm
Ernest Sidney Philpot was a groundbreaking figure in Western Australian art history. Born in England in 1906 and arriving in Western Australia with his family in 1913, he embarked on a career as a sign-writer in 1921, a profession he continued until 1957.
At a time when artists in Western Australia struggled to make a living through their art, Philpot defied convention by producing non-objective abstract paintings. He is recognized as the first exponent of abstract art in Western Australia.
Because of the lack of local appreciation for his abstract work, Philpot sought to expand his audience by holding a one-man exhibition in London during the winter of 1960-1961. This exhibition, hosted at The Commonwealth Institute ...