Bea Maddock | Thirty days and forty nights

Bea Maddock (1934-2016), Thirty days and forty nights, 1985, coloured ink on 30 calico flags, tied with cotton string onto plywood panels in double glazed wooden frames, Gift of the artist, 1999

Coming soon to the Queen Victoria Art Gallery at Royal Park. 

Thirty days and forty nights 1985 is an important work of art by Bea Maddock in the QVMAG Collection. An exploration of spiritual beliefs, the work consists of 30 drawings on calico 'flags'. The imagery draws on the Koran and other esoteric textual references.

A number of other works of art, made by Bea Maddock in the immediate aftermath of the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires, when the artist's Mt Macedon home and studio was destroyed, will also be displayed.

It will be the first time these works have been exhibited since being donated by the artist to the QVMAG in 1999 and 2002.

Detail: Bea Maddock (1934-2016), Thirty days and forty nights, 1985, coloured ink on 30 calico flags, tied with cotton string onto plywood panels in double glazed wooden frames, Gift of the artist, 1999. QVM:1999:FD:0004