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Art Reviews

By Cameron Menzies
04 Apr 2018

Cameron Menzies talks about the highlights from Menzies' twenty years in the auction market.

135. Augustus Earle, Natives of New South Wales in the Streets of Sydney 1830 image
By Anonymous
29 Mar 2018

This lithograph by the British-born Augustus Earle is among the most significant images produced during the early colonial years of Sydney. Earle lived in Sydney from 1825 to 1828, punctuated by a seven-month side journey to New Zealand in 1828. An inveterate traveller, he is noted for being ‘...

Augustus Earle Bungaree 1830 image
By Anonymous
29 Mar 2018

During the three years Augustus Earle spent in Sydney, he produced a series of painted portraits of local identities and is noted for having produced the first ever lithographs in the colony. Based on sketches of the colony and its citizens, Earle produced these prints in 1826 on a lithographic...

1. RUPERT BUNNY Mother and Child on the Beach c1894 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

Throughout the nineteenth century Rupert Bunny’s major paintings delighted in depictions of figures by the seashore. His 1890 Tritons (Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney) was awarded a mention honorable at the Paris Salon (an Australian first), and in 1892 Alfred Felton’s first gift to...

2. ELIOTH GRUNER On the Sands 1920 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

Elioth Gruner’s rise to fame was spectacular. Years later, fellow-artist Lloyd Rees (1895-1988) recalled: ‘Sydney in 1917 was still excited about quite a small work called “The Morning Light”, painted two years earlier by Elioth Gruner. It was one of the freshest portrayals of Australian light...

3. PENLEIGH BOYD The Jetty 1920 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

In the context of Australian art, the precociously gifted Penleigh Boyd might rightly be called the ‘perfect painter’. A member of the remarkable Boyd dynasty of artists – his parents were Arthur Merric (1862-1940) and Emma Minnie (1858-1936), nephews Arthur (1920-99), Guy (1923-88) and David (...

4. TOM ROBERTS Untitled (Dandenongs Landscape) c1923 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

After many years in England, Tom Roberts and his wife Lillie returned to Melbourne in early 1923 to settle at South Sassafras (nowadays Kallista) in the Dandenong Ranges. Here they built a cottage, ‘Talisman’, in which to live and enjoy the quieter, richer country life. Roberts responded warmly...

5. WILLIAM DOBELL Bondi Beach c1961 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

“A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing.”
Sir William Dobell

In Bondi Beach Sir William Dobell reveals his adeptness in capturing the enduring...

6. LLOYD REES Illawarra Pastoral 1957 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

Illawarra Pastoral 1957 is a classically composed landscape from a popular period of Lloyd Rees’s art. It first came to public notice when it was exhibited at Sydney’s first Royal Easter Show exhibition in March-April 1958 and won a £150 prize. The painting was subsequently purchased...

10. TIM STORRIER The Illusion (Distance from Above) 1978 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

Tim Storrier was twenty-nine when he painted the present work. Still a young artist by most standards, he had already won his first major award, the Sulman Prize, at the age of just nineteen becoming the youngest artist to ever do so. The accolades and accomplishments did not abate during his...

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