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26. CHARLES BLACKMAN Sweet Shop 1954 image
By Anonymous
12 Apr 2017

Sweet Shop is a jewel in the sizable group of pictures that were based on hand-painted advertisements, posters and signs adorning railway platforms and corner shops. Charles Blackman embarked on them after altering the coach house to make way for larger paintings. He later recalled that...

27. JOHN KELLY Cow up a Tree 2000 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Apr 2017

John Kelly’s work has for many years been involved with finding comedic value in chapters of Australian history. He literally takes apart and re-examines the mythology surrounding iconic Australian symbols; particularly the Dobell cows, the racehorse Phar Lap, and the Australia Council’s ‘...

28. ALEXANDER ARCHIPENKO Lying Horizontal Figure 1957 image
By Anonymous
12 Apr 2017

Alexander Archipenko belonged to the early twentieth century wave of Eastern European artists who moved to the West in search of freedom of expression, economic stability, and artistic success. Archipenko quickly followed in the footsteps of other Eastern, expatriate artists, taking up residence...

29. AKIO MAKIGAWA Seer 1990 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Apr 2017

Akio Makigawa arrived in Perth from Japan in 1974 with the intention of working as a sail maker. Since boyhood, sailing had been his first love and he dreamt of one day owning a boat to sail around the world. Makigawa had always enjoyed making paintings and working creatively, however he had not...

30. BRUCE ARMSTRONG Temple 1991 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Apr 2017

Bruce Armstrong has been creating his timber creatures for more than thirty years. Carved from enormous red gum and cypress logs, his totemic sculptures stand watch over public spaces around Australia. These fantastical carved beasts are a product of Armstrong’s preoccupation with animals and...

31. BRONWYN OLIVER Acorn 2005 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Apr 2017

Acorn was created in 2006, the final year of Bronwyn Oliver’s tragically short life. During this year, Oliver spent much of her day working exhaustively on the group of works that would be included in the exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 planned for August that year. After months of...

32. JOHN KELLY Form and Function 2003 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

It is often remarked that there is something distinctly Australian about Kelly’s cow series of paintings and sculptures. This at first seems quite odd, because the cow is not an Australian native animal and Kelly was born in England. However, it is not the cows as such that embody Australia, but...

33. LYNN CHADWICK Maquette II Jubilee III 1984 1984 image
By Anonymous
12 Apr 2017

Sculptor Lynn Chadwick is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most well-respected British artists – he was one of the outstanding sculptors of this time who combined great imagination with an immense technical ability. He is recognised for his distinctive style, his theme of organic,...

34. TIM STORRIER The Grand Impedimenta image
By Gavin Fry
12 Apr 2017

It is just on 50 years since Tim Storrier burst onto the Australian art scene with his win in the Sulman Prize at the age of nineteen. It was an extraordinary achievement for a young artist barely out of art school. The winning work, Suzy 350, depicted two figures in flight, thrown from...

35. FRED WILLIAMS You Yangs Outlook 1970 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Apr 2017

Fred Williams’ observed and conceptualised views of the Australian bush are recognised as embodying the essence of the landscape in a way not previously seen in Australian art. In the early 1960s, the artist began taking daytrips to areas around Melbourne where he would paint en plein air with...

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