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Art Reviews 2016

By menzies
30 Aug 2016

Denis Savill has been a pre-eminent figure in the Australian art world since the early 1980s, but earlier this year publicised his intention to close Savill Galleries at the end of 2016. 

Menzies is delighted to have been...

NORMAN LINSDAY Rita in Red image
By Anne Phillips MA
24 Aug 2016

The act that the figure of Rita looms large in the oeuvre of Norman Lindsay is no small endorsement, given that the artist worked with approximately 130 models during his highly productive period of the 1930s and 1940s.1

Writing to his biographer, Norman Hetherington, Lindsay...

LLOYD REES Southern Summer image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
24 Aug 2016

The extraordinary exhibition of drawings at the Museum of Sydney1 earlier this year was a wonderful reminder of Lloyd Rees’ exquisite skill as an artist. These precise lapidary views done in the early 1930s stand in contrast to the work from his final years, more than five decades...

ARTHUR STREETON The Festa (The Fete) image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
24 Aug 2016

The Festa belongs to a large suite of about 80 oil paintings, drawings and watercolours created between 1908 and 1909, when Arthur Streeton was in Venice on his honeymoon. The paintings he produced at this time are among his finest and most seductively beautiful works, later becoming...

ARTHUR BOYD Douglas Cairns' Dam, Victoria image
By Professor Peter James Smith BSc Hons. MSc. MStats. MFA. PhD
24 Aug 2016

Arthur Boyd’s early humanist/landscape work, Prodigal Son 1946-7, had been in the family collection of Douglas and Anne Cairns since 1950 until its recent sale on the secondary market. Their original purchase was astute; they were obviously drawn to the earthiness of the image and its...

JEFFREY SMART First Study for the Arrow Carriers image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
24 Aug 2016

Jeffrey Smart’s fascination with the urban motorway and road signs stem from his belief in them as potent signs of modern life. Painted after a period spent living in the busy metropolis Rome, First Study for The Arrow Carriers 1978, links past explorations of the theme that he painted...

TIM MAGUIRE Untitled 20070401 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
24 Aug 2016

Untitled 20070401 2007, shows Tim Maguire’s mastery of the expressive potential of painting, his explorations into the luxuriant quality of fruit and flowers and his demonstrated talent for breathing new life into traditional subject matter. The relationship between art and nature...

TIM STORRIER The Histrionic Wayfarer (After Bosch) image
By Gavin Fry
24 Aug 2016

Banished for decades, the figure finally emerged in the art of Tim Storrier (born 1949) in an exhibition titled In Absentia, held at Australian Galleries, Sydney, in 2010. The figures were spectral entities given form by the clothes they inhabited and the accessories they sported. The...

RICK AMOR Figure in Landscape image
By Gavin Fry
24 Aug 2016

Rick Amor is among the best-known and most successful artists of his generation, gaining popular and critical acclaim not just for his painting, but also as a printmaker, illustrator and sculptor. His exploration of each art form is part of a deliberate and single-...

IAN FAIRWEATHER Composition V image
By Ken Wach
24 Aug 2016

Just what was it that made Ian Fairweather turn his back on his decidedly privileged background? 

Ian Fairweather was born on Tuesday 29 September in 1891 at Bridge of Allan in Stirlingshire in Scotland, the youngest of nine children. His father James, “a man of the most perfect temper”,...

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