T04937 Untitled 1983 Senza titolo
Oil, watercolour and black crayon on wove paper 356 × 430 (14 × 17)
Inscribed ‘Kounellis 83’ b.r. and ‘Kounellis 83’ on back b.l.
Purchased from Anthony d'Offay Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1987
Prov: Bt from the artist by Anthony d'Offay Gallery May 1987
Exh: Works on Paper, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, May 1987 (23, no cat.)
This drawing depicts a diagonal barrier made up of a number of irregular-shaped blocks set in front of, and partially blocking, a dark rectangular space, which can be read as a doorway. The artist has used roughly sketched crayon lines to suggest the ceiling, floor and walls of a notional room setting. The impression of depth is emphasised by the area of black oil paint in the centre of the composition. The separate parts of the sloping barrier are drawn in black crayon and then roughly painted over in blue, green, yellow, red, terracotta and grey watercolour…