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Art Reviews 2017

By Anonymous
12 Jul 2017

William Robinson is one of Australia’s most acclaimed living artists, renowned for his immersive and captivating interpretations of the landscape. Unlike the familiar scenes that dominate much of the Australian landscape tradition – recurring depictions of the desert, bush and coast – Robinson...

By Gavin Fry
12 Jul 2017

In the world of art, the waves of style and fashion roll in without cease. Some will be large and powerful, sweeping all before them, but others will be shallow and with little substance. The creative and the enthusiastic will leap on board quickly, perhaps even slightly ahead of the wave, the...

By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Jul 2017

Robert Dickerson was born in Hurstville in 1924 and spent his childhood against the background of the Great Depression in Sydney. From an early age, he drew compulsively and had a keen interest in art however, later in life as responsibilities increased, the artist came to rely on factory work...

By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
12 Jul 2017

In retrospect there is often a sense of inevitability about the success of a now-famous artist, especially one as alert to the Australian experience as Sidney Nolan. But when Nolan’s Fraser Island paintings were first exhibited at Brisbane’s Moreton Galleries in February 1948, their reception...

By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Jul 2017

Fred Williams returned to Australia from London in 1957 after six years of training at the Chelsea Art School. During this time, Williams availed himself to every opportunity to visit the city’s museums and galleries to absorb the works of both the old and modern masters. Artists such as Cézanne...

By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Jul 2017

‘Of all the subjects Whiteley painted in his career, landscape gave him the greatest sense of release.’1 From a young age, Brett Whiteley had a deep understanding and perception of the Australian landscape, which began in 1948 when his parents, Clem and Beryl Whiteley, enrolled their...

By Gavin Fry
12 Jul 2017

Across his prodigious and celebrated body of work which spanned the disciplines of draughtsmanship, painting, sculpture and printmaking, it was Brett Whiteley’s mastery of the drawn figure which bookended, and in many ways defined, his artistic career. Whiteley won his first drawing competition...

By Gavin Fry
12 Jul 2017

The idea of a narrative series, telling the story of some overarching myth or theme, is as old as art. It might tell of the passing of the seasons, the triumph of the monarch or the rise and fall of empire or, as in William Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress, the decline and fall of the...

By Ken Wach
12 Jul 2017

Jeffrey Smart loved to paint stairs, they feature in many of his pictures. We can only guess why, but perhaps it was their patterned order and their elevation or sense of spatial progression.

After all, these compositional factors play a consistent role and strengthen the underlying...

By Ken Wach
12 Jul 2017

Robert Klippel’s much-quoted mantra ‘make it new’ encapsulates his life-long view that Modern art had to create rather than recreate. For him, true creativity meant going beyond Nature. For Klippel, this was the crux of Modernism - the creation of new man-made additions to Nature.

Perhaps...

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