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44. IAN FAIRWEATHER Fascismo 1963 image
By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

Ian Fairweather’s paintings are very keenly sought by discerning collectors and galleries right through the nation. Once they are bought they tend to be held and rarely appear on the market. In fact, the artist’s works have been offered for public sale in Australia as few as seventy-one times in...

43. DEL KATHRYN BARTON The Love You Know 2009-10 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
28 Aug 2015

The world evoked by Del Kathryn Barton can appear disturbing and fractionate yet the multiplicity of parts also convey a reassuring sense of wholeness and depth of coexistence. A two-time winner of the Archibald Prize, Barton investigates ideas to do with the representation of human identity,...

42. JACQUES LIPCHITZ Homme Assis à la Clarinette II 1971 image
By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

Cubism was the most important art movement in the last Century and art historians now agree that Jacques Lipchitz was the first Cubist sculptor. 1.

Lipchitz’s sculptures have always been very highly regarded and the incisively perceptive Pablo Picasso was one of their earliest...

41. FRED WILLIAMS Werribee Gorge II 1978 image
By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

One extraordinary thing is often forgotten: the collection of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra is housed in the Fred Williams Galleries. This unusual and fitting honour was awarded in tribute to an extraordinary artist.

One of the most remarkable things...

40. RUSSELL DRYSDALE Red Landscape 1958 image
By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

Russell Drysdale was an unusually significant artist. He not only changed how we see and perceive Australia’s rural interior landscapes, but also lived long enough to see his artistic themes and broad humanist convictions adopted by a later generation of artists and accepted by the Australian...

39. JOHN PERCEVAL The Moored Shark Boat 1959 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
28 Aug 2015

John Perceval’s Williamstown series of paintings form a coveted collection of works. Most of the thirty or so paintings that he produced around Williamstown and the mouth of the Yarra River during 1956 to 1959 are held either in major public collections or were acquired early on by astute...

By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

Most people in Australia know Lloyd Rees’s paintings. Most in Sydney value them highly. This justifiably high regard has a long history. In fairness, it must be admitted that at times such great regard has waxed and waned and that, in the minds of some, there were periods when Rees’s reputation...

Garry Shead Young Prince of Tyre image
By Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA
28 Aug 2015

Young Prince of Tyre and Colloquy with John Keats, both painted in 2003, are two early key paintings in the Ern Malley series in which there is a specific reference to the verse of Ern Malley, details from the poet’s biography, as well as a general philosophical exploration of the idea that a...

By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

Jeffrey Smart was an extremely well-travelled artist. His many road trips as a passenger (he did not drive) provided him with the opportunity to scan urban and suburban landscapes looking for strange juxtapositions, unusual events and odd placements. Such metropolitan vignettes were collected by...

By Tim Abdallah, Head of Art
28 Aug 2015

Nolan first addressed the Burke and Wills story as a young artist in 1948, fresh from completing his groundbreaking first Kelly series. He returned to the subject in the early 1960s and again twenty years later, towards the end of his career. The Flogging belongs to the last of these important...

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