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By the early 1960s, Williams had evolved a distinctive composition in which the landscape was reduced to an all-over patterning of small touches of paint evoking trees and shrubs. He moved to Upwey, in the Dandenong Ranges outside Melbourne in 1963, bringing him into the heart of the countryside. His studio there was in a valley, and the view above the surrounding trees encouraged him to raise the horizon in his compositions, leaving only a narrow band of sky at the top.

May 2008