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Ceramic mural - 'Enigmatic Card' by John Gilbert, 1973

From the Collection of Federation University Australia Art Collection Artworks are displayed at Federation University Australia campuses at Ballarat, Gippsland (Churchill), Stawell and Horsham. Victoria

A large ceramic mural by John Gilbert commissioned for the wall of the E.J. Barker Library. The mural features brown and green glaze with features of indigo.

The work has no particular pictorial representation. It is an arrangement of colour and form, designed for enjoyment rather than to analyse. The theme relates to the development of the Universe through basic symbols such as plant forms, fish, birds and to mans development through symbols of science and engineering. The outer edge is symbolic of earths crust being peeled away to reveal science and nature.

The mural was completed at John Gilbert's Slate Gallery studio, Mount Helen, and took eight months to make.
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Historical information
John GILBERT (1935- )
Born Albury, New South Wales

John Gilbert studied at the Ballarat Technical Art School, a division of the Ballarat School of Mines; and Croyden College of Art, London. He was a Senior Lecturer in the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education Art Department. In the late 1970s he established Old Ballarat Pottery.

This work was commissioned by the Ballarat School of Mines Council as part of the architectural design of the Library at Ballarat College of Advanced Education. The library, now known as the E.J. Barker Library, is on the Mount Helen campus of Federation University.

The work was laid out as a complete slab, and then cut up for firing.

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.
When Made
Made By
John Gilbert
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:11AM