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'Motorway/city'

'Motorway/city'

Robert Ellis was influenced by the emergence of abstractionism in the 1950s. It sought to represent subjects in new ways sometimes to the point where they bore little or no resemblance to reality. His 1969 painting 'Motorway/city' resembles a map: the white lines represent the motorway and the yellow lines are streets.

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Oil on board by Robert Ellis

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'City images - The city in art', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/25365/motorwaycity (accessed 27 January 2020)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010