Anthony PRYOR

Australia 1951-1991
Horizons 2011
Painted steel, bronze

Melbourne-based Anthony Pryor studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where he later lectured in the sculpture department. Having completed a number of prominent public commissions-including The Legend (1991) outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground -Pryor’s artistic career was cut short by his untimely death in 1991. For some years, Pryor shared studios with his close associates Geoffrey Bartlett and Augustine Dall’Ava. Although all three artists revealed a predilection for juxtaposing different materials in meticulously assembled and open-structured forms, their work took entirely different directions with Pryor’s earthy box-like constructions in wood featuring traditional Japanese joinery techniques. Pryor’s larger lyrical abstractions are mostly fabricated in metal. Horizons, as the title suggests, is intended to be seen against the sky and natural horizon. Its stylized stair element- a recurring motif in Pryor’s work -rises to an animated configuration with cloud, rainbow and landscape symbols. The composition as a whole has a sense of forward motion while its sweeping curvilinear elements lead the eye into space.

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