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27. RICK AMOR born 1948 Four Trees 2001 image
By Anonymous
26 May 2016

Rick Amor knows his subjects intimately, but the paintings are not always literal representations; they have evolved over a number of years, and are often underpinned by several layers of memory, knowledge and perception. Amor once said: ‘I’ve always thought that what we see is not necessarily...

28. MARGARET OLLEY Still Life, Flannel Flowers and Onions c1976
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
26 May 2016

Margaret Olley’s most well-known and best loved paintings are undoubtedly her still life works – throughout her life, the artist had the ability to create beautifully crafted tableaux from the objects which she lived with. Her home, which has been recreated at the Tweed Regional Art Gallery, was...

29. TIM STORRIER Evening Embers and Flowers image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
26 May 2016

Edmund Capon remarks upon the inexplicably Australian sense which Tim Storrier’s paintings evoke, the strong sense of place which is contained within the vocabulary of his paintings, ‘they could not, I believe, have come from any country other than Australia’.1 The sense of space, low...

30. GARRY SHEAD A Royal Encounter c1998 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
26 May 2016

Garry Shead’s Royal Suite of paintings have become iconic images of their time. The works refer to a bygone innocence of Australian culture and society providing a glimpse of the reality which was realised much later, a reality where the Aboriginal people were marginalised and Australian...

31. CHARLES BLACKMAN Schoolgirl and Billboards 1954 image
By Anonymous
26 May 2016

Charles Blackman came to prominence as a major modernist artist when his now iconic series of schoolgirl paintings was exhibited at the Peter Bray Gallery in Melbourne in May 1953. This exhibition heralded the arrival of a young and profoundly talented artist with a singular vision within the...

32. ARTHUR BOYD Landscape 1956-58 image
By Cameron Menzies
26 May 2016

‘Here art met nature – the ‘formula’, the vocabulary, fully fitted the ‘content’ of this dry, semi-arid sheep and wheat country, turning yellow and sun-parched in summer, with patches of burnt-off stubble or weed, the grass often eaten down to bareness where the stand of hard dry thistles...

33. JEFFREY SMART Parking Lot Near Bologna 1992 image
By Ken Wach
26 May 2016

Jeffrey Smart’s Parking Lot Near Bologna of 1992 
radiates a caught in-a-glance sense of mystery. Typically, it lifts the lid off the ordinary.

Smart’s artistic standing has risen significantly in the last two decades. His accomplished paintings, such as Parking Lot Near...

34. JOHN KELLY Three Cows Stacked 2001 image
By Ken Wach
26 May 2016

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...

35. JOHN OLSEN Childhood by the Sea, Popping Blue Bottles 2010 image
By Ken Wach
26 May 2016

Collectors, connoisseurs and curators alike have long recognised John Olsen’s enduring status as one of Australia’s most successful contemporary artists. The present painting, Popping Blue Bottles, Life by the Sea of 2007, is in the uppermost register of the quality of paintings that...

36. JOHN BRACK Finale 1973 image
By Anonymous
26 May 2016

Finale 1973, was the last and most ambitious of John Brack’s Ice skating rink paintings. It was one of the key paintings in his exhibition held at the Joseph Brown Gallery in Melbourne in July 1973, where it promptly sold and later that year it was re-exhibited, marked ‘not for...

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