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61.  LLOYD REES Autumn Mist, Parramatta 1925 image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
01 Nov 2017

 

With its soft, earthy palette, Autumn Mist, Parramatta bears the influence of the artist’s visits to Cornwall and Italy as part of an extended sojourn in Europe from 1923-4.  Art historian Renee Free writes that Rees’s Cornish landscapes demonstrate ‘his developing interest...

72. MAGGIE WATSON NAPANGARDI Kana, Digging Sticks 1995 image
By Anonymous
01 Nov 2017

Maggie Watson was a leader amongst a group of Warlpiri women artists who began to challenge the dominance of men’s acrylic painting in the central desert region from the mid-1980s. The emergence of these women in Yuendumu and simultaneously in Utopia (amongst Anamtjerre and Alyawarre peoples)...

JOHN MAWURNDJUL Narmarden (Female Lightening Spirit) 1993 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
01 Nov 2017

Working within the long tradition of bark painting, John Mawurndjul’s work explores themes of spirituality, mythology and life cycles. He was born c1952 at Mumeka, prior to the establishment of the government settlement at Maningrida some 50 kilometres to the north. He grew up with his family...

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...

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