By Marian Quigley
ART journals that formed part of a regular interchange between Phillip Island artist John Adam (aka John Spon) and his late friend, the renowned Australian artist Robert Rooney, have been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria and are likely to be exhibited there in the future.
John took his journals to the NGV earlier this year following a request from Trevor Fuller, who was researching a biography of Robert Rooney. The NGV already has approximately 30 of the journals Robert produced in their collection. In February, John received a letter from NGV Director Tony Ellwood stating that they “will make an invaluable addition to the NGV’s representation of the 1960s art movements in Melbourne. They will also complement our expanding collection of work by Robert Rooney and help to contextualise the Spon phenomenon”.