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On his return to Melbourne in 1956 Williams began to paint the local landscape, and his abstraction of its form became his main subject and the basis of his reputation. He characteristically allowed the land to fill the composition, marking his surface with sparse gestures matched to the growth of gum trees so that they coalesce to give a sense of place. The focus upon the vibrant colour and rich texture of the earth made manifest a sense of rootedness in his location.

May 2008