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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...

William Kentridge Latopolis image
By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

The art works of William Kentridge arise from the inner promptings of humanitarian sentiments. His upbringing in South Africa’s Johannesburg (“that rather desperate provincial city”he later called it) placed him in the uniquely strained situation of seeing social injustice at first hand. This...

By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

Robert Klippel’s Opus 751 of 1989 is significant for at least three compelling reasons. Firstly, Klippel’s sculptures, especially bronzes, have a deserved “hold” status among discerning collectors and it is uncommon to see them offered at public auction. Secondly, the present work is a fine and...

By Marguerite Brown MA - Art Curatorship
28 Aug 2015

This late work by Rosalie Gascoigne was created in 1998, a time when the artist was at the height of her creative powers, and only a year before she passed away at the age of 82. Gascoigne famously rose to prominence later in life than most. She was well into her 50s when she commenced her art...

John Olsen Harbour Tidal Pool image
By Anne Phillips MA
27 Aug 2015

John Olsen is widely acknowledged as being Australia’s greatest living artist. Accolades in later life, including the Wynne Prize for landscape painting in 1985 (which he first won in 1969), the Sulman Prize for genre painting in 1989, and the Archibald Prize for portraiture in 2007 at the age...

Arthur Boyd image
By Professor Peter James Smith BSc Hons. MSc. MStats. MFA. PhD
28 May 2015

Art historian Bernard Smith (1916-2011) observed the changing dynamic of Arthur Boyd’s painting as his career burgeoned from its early stages. ‘Following his social realist phase Boyd turned, about 1943-44 to paintings that embodied figures in landscapes. He continued to use a dark, restricted...

ROSALIE GASCOIGNE image
By Glenn Barkley
28 May 2015

Rosalie Gascoigne was an artist who lived and worked in Canberra and her work is strongly informed by the Monaro landscape that surrounds the capital. Gascoigne had a natural facility to bring together elements that speak softly of this place in a way that goes beyond mere literal description....

James Gleeson image
By Ken Wach
28 May 2015

The Sydney artist James Gleeson is justifiably regarded as Australia’s foremost and most consistent exponent of Surrealist art.

Surrealism is an intriguingly complex artistic school of thought that began in Paris in the mid-Twenties and spread throughout the world, even as far afield as...

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