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46. FREDERICK McCUBBIN Spring Morning image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
12 Apr 2017

Rural labour with a nationalist ethos has been a dominant theme in Australian art and literature from the mid-nineteenth century on. The art of Frederick McCubbin was at the forefront of these investigations; his fascination with epic narrative paintings of white settlement in Australia produced...

47. JEFFREY SMART Richmond Park II 1997-99 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

Jeffery Smart is an artist who is acutely aware of the visual curiosities and quirky juxtapositions that urban life presents.  His is an avid traveller, but never a tourist. His eye searches for insights that might propel his artistic imagination.  In his paintings the taken for granted, the...

48. ARTHUR BOYD Bride and Bridegroom with Rainbow 1960 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

Arthur Boyd never wore a belt because he believed that it would restrict his circulation. Even such a small detail says something about his essential difference from others. His Christian Science upbringing was fundamental and it instilled in him a strong work ethic and a self-belief that...

49. RUSSELL DRYSDALE Half-caste Woman 1961 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

Sir Russell Drysdale was one of Australia’s most remarkable artists. He held seventeen solo exhibitions and participated in fifty-five group exhibitions. Drysdale’s works are rare and his output was comparatively low as he produced fewer than three hundred paintings. However, his undoubted...

50. JOHN BRACK Nude in Profile (also known as Nude, Rug and Dressing Gown) 1974 image
By Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA
12 Apr 2017

When John Brack painted his first series of nudes, which he exhibited in 1957, he had already formulated his attitude to the subject; he noted at the time: “When I paint a woman … I am not interested in how she looks sitting in the studio, but how she looks at all times, in all lights, what she...

51. JEFFREY SMART House by Hoarding 1966-67 image
By Tim Abdallah
12 Apr 2017

Jeffrey Smart’s work belongs to a golden era of Australian painting, and his career runs parallel to the best known names of Australian modern art. Unlike his contemporaries Sidney Nolan (1917-1992), Arthur Boyd (1920-1999), John Perceval (1923-2000), Albert Tucker (1914-1999), Brett Whiteley (...

52. CHARLES BLACKMAN A Choir for Christabel 1972 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
12 Apr 2017

A Choir for Christabel 1972, is a little-known family portrait that depicts Charles Blackman’s daughter singing in their New South Wales home. Christabel had recently taken up piano lessons and music was becoming more and more important in her life, as well as that of her father’s....

53. GINGER RILEY MUNDUWALAWALA The Four Archers image
By Jane Raffan
12 Apr 2017

In 1988, Ginger Riley exhibited along with fellow Ngukurr artists in the community’s first commercial show, startling visitors with their striking bold compositions and brilliant colour. At the opening, Riley was asked by a journalist why his sea eagle was green and not white. ‘It looks better’...

54. MAGGIE WATSON NAPANGARDI Mina Mina Dreaming 1995 image
By Anonymous
12 Apr 2017

A Warlpiri artist Maggie Watson Napangardi (formerly Napangardi Ross) was born at Yuendumu in the Tanami Desert, 300 kilometres northwest of Alice Springs. Within her community Maggie was one of the pioneers in painting the traditional designs of her people using western painting materials on...

55. FRED CRESS Business Hours 2003 image
By Gavin Fry
12 Apr 2017

The later works of Fred Cress provide a fascinating line of commentary and satire on the theme of man as a social animal. They show in all their richness and perversity an unfolding narrative of the interactions of men and women engaged in the game of life. The artist...

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