The Yellow Chest of Drawers, a painting by noted Australian artist Grace Cossington Smith, was recently left as a generous bequest to Macquarie University, and now hangs in the Library foyer for all to see.
The artwork was gifted by Audrey Horn, wife of the late Dr Robert Horn, who worked at the CSIRO based at Macquarie University for many years. They have three sons, Stephen, Mark and Nick, who attended the unveiling of the artwork on campus.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement & Advancement), Professor David Wilkinson, said the University is enormously grateful for the generous support that alumni and friends are increasingly showing through bequests such as this.
“Significant artworks add value and depth to our existing Australian collection and provide opportunities for our students and teachers to further their research and knowledge. Visitors too from our local community can also enjoy viewing this piece, given its accessible public display here in the foyer of the library.”
Before hanging, the painting was also a part of a annual work experience program offered by Macquarie University Art Gallery to art students from Arden Anglican School.
Under close supervision, Year 10 student Tiana was given the opportunity to assist with the methodical restoration of the frame and backing of the painting, as well as assisting with the cataloguing of the work, and conducting research into the piece.
“Tiana’s teachers were amazed by the depth and level of experience Tiana received with the Art Gallery over that week – we provided her with real practical experience and we of course were pleased to have such a diligent student working with us on this project,” said Senior Curator Rhonda Davis.
“This painting is the first by Grace Cossington Smith to be included in the University collection, and we are overjoyed to receive it.”