Charles Tole

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1903, d.1988

Quonsets

  • Purchased 1978
  • Oil on board
  • 456 x 588mm
  • 79/250
  • 1950

The semicircular curves of the prefabricated Quonset huts and the more traditionally shaped shed behind them have captivated Charles Tole in this work. He breaks the buildings down to flat planes and curved cylinders that mirror the shapes of the landscape they occupy. Charles favoured landscapes infested with buildings and the formal beauty of factories – urban industrial landscapes that, as art historian Roger Blackley commented, functioned as symbols of modernity.

(March 2018)