The colour screen print Red Brick Bridge Over Darebin Creek depicts a charming view of the City of Darebin from the mid-twentieth century. With rolling hills and vegetation, it stands as a remarkably rural vista compared to the suburbia and light industrial setting of today. Created from 15 stencils, it is from an edition of 38.
Alan Sumner MBE (1911-1994) was born in Northcote, and was a significant Australian painter, printmaker, teacher and stained glass designer. After studying at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, RMIT and the George Bell School in the early 1930s, he travelled to Europe and the UK, furthering his training at the Grand Chaumière and the Courtauld Institute. On his return to Melbourne, he took up an apprenticeship as a stained glass designer with Brooks, Robinson & Co, before becoming a designer for E.L. Yencken & Co. Sumner taught painting at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School from 1947 to 1950 and spent nine years as Head of the School from 1953 onward. He had a studio in Wellington Street, Collingwood, and completed around 100 stained glass window commissions for buildings including the Church of the Epiphany, Northcote, and St Gabriel’s, Reservoir. Sumner produced a large range of colour, multiple stencil screenprints on paper, of which many are held in major public collections around the country.