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29. GRACE COSSINGTON SMITH Still Life with Lilies 1966 image
By Anonymous
02 Nov 2017

Grace Cossington Smith came late to fame. In 1973, Daniel Thomas, senior curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, organised a national touring retrospective and, at eighty-one, Cossington Smith emerged from obscurity as a major Australian modernist painter. Despite...

30. JUSTIN O'BRIEN Young Girl in a Mantilla 1995 image
By Michael Desmond
02 Nov 2017

By all accounts Justin O'Brien was a charming man who used his wit, skill and humour to turn acquaintance into friendship.  His art reflected this gregarious disposition and was intended to win admiration as well as critical appreciation.    Young Girl in a Mantilla 1995, not...

31. DONALD FRIEND Day Book - Preliminary Notes and Sketches for Projected Illustrated Books 1978-80 image
By Rodney James, B.A. (Hons.), M.A
01 Nov 2017

Donald Friend’s diaries provide a vivid account of his personal life and a wealth of information about the origins and development of his many book projects. Writing and illustrating stories provided him with an additional creative outlet to his art. Read in relation to the diary entries, these...

32. BRETT WHITELEY Still Life in the Moonlight 1981 image
By Anonymous
01 Nov 2017

Painted in the latter period of the artist’s life, Still Life in the Moonlight is not a typical Brett Whiteley painting, yet it says much about the artist. As with a good deal of his work, it can be read in largely autobiographical terms whilst referring to universal themes.

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33. ARTHUR BOYD Stone Crusher, Berwick 1948 image
By Professor Peter James Smith BSc Hons. MSc. MStats. MFA. PhD
01 Nov 2017

The years following the Second World War were lean times that brought families back together seeking common ties and a meaningful life ‘a world away’ from a Europe mired in conflict. The Boyd dynasty was no different. In 1948 Arthur Boyd’s uncle, the novelist Martin à Beckett Boyd (1893-1972)...

34. CHARLES BLACKMAN Girl with Striped Dress 1954 image
By Cameron Menzies
01 Nov 2017

It would probably be idle to speculate how far a much-feminised childhood played its part in Blackman’s oeuvre, but almost all of his pictures from 1953 and ’54 depict and dramatise young girls. They are frequently at play or else walking home alone. They may be...

35. ROGER KEMP Untitled (Sequence Series) 1973 image
By Anonymous
01 Nov 2017

Roger Kemp was painting at full tempo when he devised this mid 1970s composition on universal order and balance.1  In stylistic terms it has the rhythmic looseness typical of his best late work, geometry being used in an elated and jaunty manner.  Kemp employs here the innovative...

36. JOHN COBURN Singing the Blues II 2000 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
01 Nov 2017

‘The effect is stunning, almost bewildering, a combination of visual impressions and emotional responses that challenge categorisation, that have a beauty and calm about them that is simple as it is intricate, as obvious as it is mysterious.’1

During his long and productive...

38. TIM STORRIER Incendiary Dawn 2005 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
01 Nov 2017

‘One evening in 1981, Storrier stuck a couple of steel posts into some arid clayish earth and strung a rope between them. Then he went to the back of his ute, found a tin of lacquer, coated the rope and set it alight. He says he can’t remember why he decided to do it and has no idea where the...

39. INGE KING Rings of the Sun III 2004 image
By Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA
01 Nov 2017

Inge King’s oeuvre stretched over seven decades and, unlike many artists who peak early in their career and then spend decades in repeating their youthful triumphs, King’s work grew, developed and matured with age. She created some of her best work in the final decades of her life.

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