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ROBERT JUNIPER Untitled (Landscape) image
By Anonymous
24 Aug 2016

Western Australians took Robert Juniper to their hearts, making him the most recognisable and successful artist in the state’s history. He personified the image they had of themselves and their isolated home – he was tall, robust and energetic, physically powerful, independent and with a...

JAMES GLEESON Figurations in Search of Identity image
By Ken Wach
24 Aug 2016

For the Surrealist artist James Gleeson, the great Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519, Florentine) got it right. That is, in 1508, when he outlined his method of “jump-starting” the creative imagination:

I cannot forbear to mention among these precepts a new...

RAY CROOKE Island Afternoon image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
24 Aug 2016

The single most important element of those which come together to create a Ray Crooke painting is light: it is light which gives the work its ageless quality, mystery and indefinable presence. It is Crooke’s use of light which provides a sense of tranquil stillness that imbues his most memorable...

CHARLES BLACKMAN Queensland Town image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
24 Aug 2016

Charles Blackman first visited Queensland in 1948 at the age of twenty following a desire to break away from the familiarity of Sydney where he lived with his mother and siblings. He had left school at fifteen and worked at the Sydney Sun for two years – the artist yearned to travel and...

SIDNEY NOLAN Kelly with Gun - Horse in Distance image
By Anonymous
24 Aug 2016

Sidney Nolan might have been the most imaginative and self-confident artist of his generation, but it is doubtful that even he, as he first marked out the slotted black box of Kelly’s helmet, could have foreseen the impact that gesture would have on the Australian imagination and psyche. He...

BRETT WHITELEY Moods of the Sea image
By Professor Peter James Smith BSc Hons. MSc. MStats. MFA. PhD
24 Aug 2016

Few artists have engaged in such a passion for art and life as Brett Whiteley; few have absorbed, observed and painted their immediate landscape environment with such lucid expression, and yet engaged in the asphyxiation of a drug-fuelled urban culture on edge. For Whiteley, this life/art...

RAY CROOKE Island Interior image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
24 Aug 2016

There’s the stillness, that moment caught…I like the painting to be well constructed, to contain the eye, and also to have passage which one can move across. In other words, I think my impetus is to paint the one perfect painting which, under the paint, contains all those things. I like things...

CHARLES BLACKMAN Interior with Girl image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
24 Aug 2016

Interior with Girl 1986, is a classic example of Charles Blackman’s ability to evoke an alternative realm in which the commonplace is a backdrop to a fanciful state. Blackman’s images of girls and women set in interior spaces and suburban streets captured the imagination of the...

ARTHUR BOYD Berwick Landscape image
By Gavin Fry
24 Aug 2016

Those who have grown up in the peace and prosperity of the last sixty years find it hard to imagine the disruption and hardship caused by the six long years of World War Two. Even without the ever-present threat of death and injury to loved ones serving overseas, domestic life was a hard grind...

227. ARTHUR BOYD Cottles Bridge image
By JacquiB
24 Aug 2016

Between 1956 and 1959 Arthur Boyd made a number of landscape paintings inspired by the Victorian countryside. Following the success of his Berwick and Wimmera paintings of the late 1940s and early 1950s, he had already established his reputation within this much-loved genre. Yet the creative...

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