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JEFFREY SMART First Study for the Arrow Carriers image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
24 Aug 2016

Jeffrey Smart’s fascination with the urban motorway and road signs stem from his belief in them as potent signs of modern life. Painted after a period spent living in the busy metropolis Rome, First Study for The Arrow Carriers 1978, links past explorations of the theme that he painted...

TIM MAGUIRE Untitled 20070401 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
24 Aug 2016

Untitled 20070401 2007, shows Tim Maguire’s mastery of the expressive potential of painting, his explorations into the luxuriant quality of fruit and flowers and his demonstrated talent for breathing new life into traditional subject matter. The relationship between art and nature...

TIM STORRIER The Histrionic Wayfarer (After Bosch) image
By Gavin Fry
24 Aug 2016

Banished for decades, the figure finally emerged in the art of Tim Storrier (born 1949) in an exhibition titled In Absentia, held at Australian Galleries, Sydney, in 2010. The figures were spectral entities given form by the clothes they inhabited and the accessories they sported. The...

RICK AMOR Figure in Landscape image
By Gavin Fry
24 Aug 2016

Rick Amor is among the best-known and most successful artists of his generation, gaining popular and critical acclaim not just for his painting, but also as a printmaker, illustrator and sculptor. His exploration of each art form is part of a deliberate and single-...

IAN FAIRWEATHER Composition V image
By Ken Wach
24 Aug 2016

Just what was it that made Ian Fairweather turn his back on his decidedly privileged background? 

Ian Fairweather was born on Tuesday 29 September in 1891 at Bridge of Allan in Stirlingshire in Scotland, the youngest of nine children. His father James, “a man of the most perfect temper”,...

JEFFREY SMART Mother and Child image
By Ken Wach
24 Aug 2016

Jeffrey Smart’s Mother and Child of 2000 hides an important secret. It contains a very revealing number.

A number, that is, which is painted on the front of the partially out-of-frame blue bus depicted on the far right of the canvas. The number 943 is clearly seen on the lower...

KEES VAN DONGEN Deauville, Les Tentes image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
24 Aug 2016

Born in Holland in 1877, Cornelius Theodorus Maria (Kees) van Dongen, began his career as a student at the Rotterdam Academy at the age of fifteen. As a young man he was also engaged in radical politics and earned some extra money as a political cartoonist and illustrator. In fact until 1908 the...

BRETT WHITELEY The Sunrise, Japanese: Good Morning! image
By Ken Wach
24 Aug 2016

Brett Whiteley was an art world comet. We all look at comets and wonder where these blazing wonders come from. So it was with Whiteley – like a comet he came from nowhere but was noticed everywhere.

Whiteley may be thought of as Australia’s Nureyev (1939-1993, Russian) of the canvas – the...

BRETT WHITELEY Gauguin (also known as Portrait of Paul Gauguin on the Eve of His Attempted Suicide, Tahiti) image
By Ken Wach
24 Aug 2016

Whiteley created his rare and almost forgotten masterwork Gauguin at the infamous Chelsea Hotel in New York in 1968. It is one of Whiteley’s most conceptually rich and emotionally charged paintings.

The famous American playwright Arthur Miller remained secluded at The Chelsea for...

ARTHUR BOYD Kneeling Figure with Canvas and Black Can image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
24 Aug 2016

Kneeling Figure with Canvas and Black Can 1973, is the largest and one of the most powerful paintings that Arthur Boyd produced in England during 1972-73. Though painted at the Boyd’s rural property in Suffolk, England’s dappled light and heavy, moisture-laden skies are nowhere to be...

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