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23. NORA HEYSEN Interior with Josephine, London 1934 image
By David Thomas
12 Apr 2017

In Interior with Josephine, London 1934, Nora Heysen extends the art of still life to embrace a sitter and domestic scene, bathed in autumnal light. The light and stillness recall the great Dutch seventeenth-century painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1795), whom she greatly admired. Her...

24. MARGARET PRESTON The Green Curtain c1918 image
By Anonymous
12 Apr 2017

Margaret Preston painted The Green Curtain in London towards the end of her second trip to Europe, a stay that lasted for seven years – from 1912 to 1919 – and was of critical importance in shaping the direction of her art. During that period her still life painting transformed from the...

25. JOHN PERCEVAL Gladioli Farm 1970 image
By Anne Phillips MA
12 Apr 2017

John Perceval, a prodigiously talented yet largely self-taught artist, held his first solo exhibition in 1948 at the age of 23 and went on to win the Wynne Prize for landscape painting in 1960. The following year, several examples of his work were featured in the Whitechapel Gallery’s iconic...

26. CHARLES BLACKMAN Sweet Shop 1954 image
By Anonymous
12 Apr 2017

Sweet Shop is a jewel in the sizable group of pictures that were based on hand-painted advertisements, posters and signs adorning railway platforms and corner shops. Charles Blackman embarked on them after altering the coach house to make way for larger paintings. He later recalled that...

27. JOHN KELLY Cow up a Tree 2000 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Apr 2017

John Kelly’s work has for many years been involved with finding comedic value in chapters of Australian history. He literally takes apart and re-examines the mythology surrounding iconic Australian symbols; particularly the Dobell cows, the racehorse Phar Lap, and the Australia Council’s ‘...

28. ALEXANDER ARCHIPENKO Lying Horizontal Figure 1957 image
By Anonymous
12 Apr 2017

Alexander Archipenko belonged to the early twentieth century wave of Eastern European artists who moved to the West in search of freedom of expression, economic stability, and artistic success. Archipenko quickly followed in the footsteps of other Eastern, expatriate artists, taking up residence...

29. AKIO MAKIGAWA Seer 1990 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Apr 2017

Akio Makigawa arrived in Perth from Japan in 1974 with the intention of working as a sail maker. Since boyhood, sailing had been his first love and he dreamt of one day owning a boat to sail around the world. Makigawa had always enjoyed making paintings and working creatively, however he had not...

30. BRUCE ARMSTRONG Temple 1991 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Apr 2017

Bruce Armstrong has been creating his timber creatures for more than thirty years. Carved from enormous red gum and cypress logs, his totemic sculptures stand watch over public spaces around Australia. These fantastical carved beasts are a product of Armstrong’s preoccupation with animals and...

31. BRONWYN OLIVER Acorn 2005 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Apr 2017

Acorn was created in 2006, the final year of Bronwyn Oliver’s tragically short life. During this year, Oliver spent much of her day working exhaustively on the group of works that would be included in the exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 planned for August that year. After months of...

32. JOHN KELLY Form and Function 2003 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

It is often remarked that there is something distinctly Australian about Kelly’s cow series of paintings and sculptures. This at first seems quite odd, because the cow is not an Australian native animal and Kelly was born in England. However, it is not the cows as such that embody Australia, but...

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