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43. ROGER KEMP Untitled 1982 image
By Gavin Fry
09 Jan 2017

Art serves countless purposes in our lives, from simple decoration, commercial enterprise, political protest and cultural identity, to explorations of the human condition and our relationship to spiritual dimensions, belief and our relationship with the world and the cosmos. As an artist, Roger...

44. JEFFREY SMART Dampier III 1967 image
By Tim Abdallah, Head of Art
09 Jan 2017

Dampier III, painted in 1967, belongs to the early part of Jeffrey Smart’s maturity as an artist and the start of a long period of important and successful paintings. In many respects, the painting illustrates the artist’s position at this point in time as it draws together the...

45. IRMA STERN Flowers and Beach Landscape 1936 image
By Tim Abdallah, Head of Art
09 Jan 2017

Irma Stern is one of South Africa’s best known artists and one of a few South African painters whose reputation extends beyond the African continent. Born in 1894 and raised in Transvaal, she studied art in Germany, first at the Weimar Academy in 1913, and later briefly at the famed Bauhaus. She...

46. FRED WILLIAMS Saplings 1959 image
By Caroline Jones MA (Art Admin.)
09 Jan 2017

‘His career stands as a perpetual reaffirmation of the idea that all great landscape artists teach us how to look anew at our surroundings. After one has grown familiar with his work, it is virtually impossible to gaze upon a tract of scorched red earth, a square of scrubby bush,...

47. TIM STORRIER Night Road image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
09 Jan 2017

‘One evening in 1981, Storrier stuck a couple of steel posts into some arid clayish earth and strung a rope between them. Then he went to the back of his ute, found a tin of lacquer, coated the rope and set it alight. He says he can’t remember why he decided to do it and has no idea where the...

48. ROBERT DICKERSON The Card Players image
By Cameron Menzies
09 Jan 2017

It would have been unbeknown to Robert Dickerson at the time, but as he completed the present, major late-career work, The Card Players, in 2011, a world-renowned painting carrying the same title was quietly changing hands on the other side of the globe.

Paul Cézanne’s (1839-1906...

49. BRUCE ARMSTRONG Bunjil image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
09 Jan 2017

In Australian Aboriginal mythology, Bunjil the eagle is a creator deity and ancestral being. According to legend, after creating the rivers, mountains, plants, animals and laws for people to live by, Bunjil gathered his wives and sons and asked Crow, who controlled the winds, to open his bags...

50. ROBERT KLIPPEL Opus 807 image
By Ken Wach
09 Jan 2017

Experts agree that Robert Klippel was Australia’s greatest Modern sculptor. The present bronze Opus 807 of 1986, created when the artist was sixty-six years of age, is a significant hallmark example of his “stately” sculptures based upon the relatively rare ‘Sentinel’ theme developed...

51. JOHN OLSEN The Little Creek, Rydal image
By Marguerite Brown MA ArtCur
09 Jan 2017

John Olsen is widely regarded as one of Australia’s greatest living artists. His lyrical and organic visual language has for the past 60 years largely been devoted toward capturing our nation’s unique and varied natural environments. As the creator of impressive oil paintings, grand in scope and...

52. ARTHUR BOYD Figure Crossing a Bridge image
By Marguerite Brown MA ArtCur
09 Jan 2017

During Arthur Boyd’s prolific career he moved through a number of themes and aesthetic approaches, proving himself a true artistic polymath. Within the context of his multifarious creative output, the Australian bush was a subject that the artist frequently returned to.

Having spent much...

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