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SIDNEY NOLAN Kelly and Horse image
By Ken Wach
24 Aug 2016

The painter Sidney Nolan is universally regarded as Australia’s foremost modernist artist. Famed for his prodigious output in a career that spanned over five decades, there is no question that his most celebrated creation remains his paintings on the subject of Australia’s most notorious...

ARTHUR STREETON Richmond from Fairlie House image
By Ken Wach
24 Aug 2016

Arthur Streeton painted this accomplished oil on canvas work at the height of his powers at the age fifty-seven, thirteen years before he was knighted for services to art. As such, it is typical of the skill and painterly qualities that brought him many justly earned acknowledgements. Most...

GARRY SHEAD Royal Visitation image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
24 Aug 2016

Queen Elizabeth II visited Australia for the first time on 3 February 1954, when Garry Shead was just twelve years old: she was the first reigning monarch to ever visit Australia. At the time, there was a massive outpouring of nationalism and it was estimated that seventy percent of the...

CHARLES BLACKMAN The Flower Cart image
By Anne Phillips MA
24 Aug 2016

Although Charles Blackman’s first exhibition took place in the modest surroundings of his suburban Melbourne studio in 1952, the evocative works which he was to paint in the early years of his career would set him on a trajectory leading to future critical success and popular adulation.

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SIDNEY NOLAN Bather image
By Professor Peter James Smith BSc Hons. MSc. MStats. MFA. PhD
24 Aug 2016

During and after the 1940s war years Sidney Nolan engaged both memory and myth, producing innovative modernist works from his St Kilda childhood and beginning his first tentative mediations on the Ned Kelly theme. The St Kilda works had a rebellious and escapist feel. They had been formulated in...

ARTHUR BOYD Prodigal Son in Bush image
By Marguerite Brown MA - Art Curatorship
24 Aug 2016

Arthur Boyd’s creative oeuvre covers a vast gamut of themes and stylistic developments; from naturalistic landscapes, to allegorical works charged with potent expressive symbolism. Boyd’s use of mythological and biblical subjects as a framework to create deeply expressive and original paintings...

SIDNEY NOLAN Africa - Seated Beggar image
By Anonymous
24 Aug 2016

This painting has been exhibited before the Queen, compared to works by Francis Bacon (1909-1992) and was held in Nolan’s own collection, then his estate, until 2011, a representation of his commitment to the father of modernism, French poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891).

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NAATA NUNGURRAYI Iconography #66 image
By Anonymous
24 Aug 2016

The basic traditional foundations of human society are cultures based on concepts, ideals and values. Art is an important and integral part of culture. From the dawn of mankind and the spread of civilization the making of symbols and forms by our Paleolithic ancestors can be found etched into...

EMILY KAME KNGWARREYE Untitled image
By Anonymous
24 Aug 2016

The genesis of Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s painting lies in a range of experiences and custodial obligations she shared with other women in caring for Country and presiding over the transference of law – one "grows up" the land as one "grows up" children.1 Her genius, however, stems from...

ROBERT KLIPPEL Opus 421 (b) image
By Ken Wach
24 Aug 2016

Robert Klippel had many wonderful ideas; one of the best was to treat man-made mechanical and industrial objects as if they were produced by Nature. The truly Modern sculptor, he thought, should be always interested in three-dimensional form – no matter its source.

As long ago as 1945,...

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