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35. ARTHUR BOYD Death of a Horse 1981 image
By Ken Wach
09 Jan 2017

Arthur Boyd’s painting Death of a Horse of 1981 arose from an emotionally felt experience. A horse called ‘Flame’, owned by a local child, had died after becoming entangled in barbed wire discarded after a flooding of the Shoalhaven River at Bundanon, Boyd’s home, near Nowra in New...

36. SIDNEY NOLAN Kelly at Stringybark Creek c1964-65 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
09 Jan 2017

The subject of the heroic and knockabout bushranger is one that Sidney Nolan returned to time and again. His interest began in 1945 and 1946-47 with the famous series of 27 Ned Kelly paintings (later bequeathed by Sunday Reed to the National Gallery of Australia) and continued almost up until...

37. RUSSELL DRYSDALE Desert Children 1958 image
By Ken Wach
09 Jan 2017

In 1953, the first official survey of contemporary Australian painting was assembled to send to Britain through the support of the Arts Council of Great Britain. The group exhibition was held at the New Burlington Galleries in London. The exhibition was called Twelve Australian Artists...

38. JEFFREY SMART Pylon I 2006 image
By Ken Wach
09 Jan 2017

The aesthetic merits of Jeffrey Smart’s elegant Pylon I of 2006 deserve a full chapter. It stands as an artistic high point in his mature reflections on the perennial theme that occupied him for most of his life: the re-imaging of urban life as caught in a series of re-composed mental...

39. FRED WILLIAMS Australian Landscape I 1969 image
By Ken Wach
09 Jan 2017

In 1968, the National Gallery of Victoria held its inaugural exhibition at its new location in St. Kilda Road, Southbank. The impressive new gallery, designed by the leading architect Roy Grounds (1905-1981), was opened by Sir Henry Bolte (1908-1990) on the evening of Tuesday 20 August 1968. ...

40. FERNAND LÉGER China Town 1943 image
By Ken Wach
09 Jan 2017

Fernand Léger’s China Town of 1943 is a rare and singularly accomplished painting that was created during the artist’s longest visit to America. Its visually arresting compositional attributes are distinctively typical of the sixty-two year old artist’s mature oeuvre in the...

41. TIM STORRIER Serendipity image
By Caroline Jones MA (Art Admin.)
09 Jan 2017

Tim Storrier’s art has come to be amongst the most sought after of the past three decades in Australia – it is also amongst the most beautiful. Despite being an ‘outsider’, a realist painter making a living as an artist during the height of postmodernism, Storrier’s art has flourished. In fact,...

42. GEORGE GITTOES The Beast 2011-2016 image
By Gavin Fry
09 Jan 2017

For more than fifty years George Gittoes has carved out a unique place for himself in Australian art. He has gone where few would dare to travel, both physically and artistically, as a champion of peace in a troubled world. He was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in 2016 for his long battles...

43. ROGER KEMP Untitled 1982 image
By Gavin Fry
09 Jan 2017

Art serves countless purposes in our lives, from simple decoration, commercial enterprise, political protest and cultural identity, to explorations of the human condition and our relationship to spiritual dimensions, belief and our relationship with the world and the cosmos. As an artist, Roger...

44. JEFFREY SMART Dampier III 1967 image
By Tim Abdallah, Head of Art
09 Jan 2017

Dampier III, painted in 1967, belongs to the early part of Jeffrey Smart’s maturity as an artist and the start of a long period of important and successful paintings. In many respects, the painting illustrates the artist’s position at this point in time as it draws together the...

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