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GARRY SHEAD The Mockers image
By JacquiB
24 Aug 2016

Set in the New South Wales south coast town of Thirroul, The Mockers explores the dark biblical theme which fellow Australian artist, Arthur Boyd (1920-1944), depicted in his series of fifteen works painted in the mid 1940s following his discharge from the army. Here, Shead interprets...

ARTHUR BOYD Sunset Cave image
By JacquiB
24 Aug 2016

When Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) penned his novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles in 1891, he infused his main character Tess with an emotional sensitivity towards landscape. A victim of manipulation by fate, she had lost her virginity in a rural tryst. Her inward feelings of grief found the...

GARRY SHEAD Bacchus at Mount Pleasant image
By JacquiB
24 Aug 2016

The Love on Mount Pleasant suite of paintings by Garry Shead (b.1942), is one of the artist’s most significant bodies of work. Bacchus at Mount Pleasant 2009, encapsulates a little-known narrative that lies at the core of the nation’s cultural life. The extraordinary story surrounding...

ARTHUR BOYD Woman and Dog image
By JacquiB
24 Aug 2016

Woman and Dog belongs to the highly important series of paintings produced by Arthur Boyd after leaving Australia for England in 1959. Success in Australia meant that Boyd and his family could make the trip, and he arrived in England supported by letters of introduction and references...

Isaac Whitehead Milford Sound, New Zealand image
By JacquiB
24 Aug 2016

Colonial painting has often been criticised for being imagined painted memories of European scenery rather than depictions of root and branch of the Australian bush. The first immigrant painters, like contemporary painters now, were not immune from European fashion. Eugene von Guérard (1811-1901...

Menzies Stock In Trade Savill Galleries image
By menzies
28 Jul 2016

Arthur Boyd, Garry Shead head Denis Savill Sale in Menzies 22 September 2016 Auction

Read Peter Fish's Article: ...

Lots 120 – 192  Property of The Collectors image
By Cameron Menzies
26 May 2016

In 2005, as the Australian art market approached its zenith, a group of eight collectors engaged Bill Nuttall, founding owner of Melbourne’s epochal Niagara Galleries and arguably the most popular and well respected industry figure in Australasian circles, to form a collection of contemporary...

24. JUDY WATSON NAPANGARDI My Dreaming 2007 image
By Anonymous
26 May 2016

Judy Watson was born at Yarungkanji, Mount Doreen Station, a cattle station north-west of Alice Springs. This was at a time when the Warlpiri, indigenous peoples of the Tanami Desert, were following a traditional nomadic life travelling on foot throughout their country, hunting and collecting...

25. EX DE MEDICI Hideous Human Angel #7 2008 image
By Anonymous
26 May 2016

The diverse and sophisticated practice of enigmatic Canberra-based artist, eX de Medici, encompasses striking variations in subject matter, which she combines in unexpected and challenging ways.

Although examples such as Hideous Human Angel #7 draw on historical items from the...

26. DEL KATHRYN BARTON Girl #5 2004 image
By Anonymous
26 May 2016

 

An artist’s first forays into the auction market are generally low-key affairs, with works achieving modest prices until the artist’s profile extends far beyond the walls of the gallery. Their ability to produce a body of uniquely recognisable work, which transcends the predictable and...

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