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35. SIDNEY NOLAN Half-caste and Horse 1979 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

When a vast horde of dancers wearing Ned Kelly helmets rushed onto the field for the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, it was clear that Sidney Nolan held a dominant position in Australian art history, and indeed in the Australian imagination. From the late 1930s until his death...

36. RICK AMOR Tramstop 1990 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

Rick Amor first began to paint Melbourne with regularity during the 1990s, before the days of small bars, tattooed baristas and council-sanctioned street art. It was an era characterised by economic stagnation, muscular unionism, a heroin crisis and emerging gangland conflict. Though written...

37. GARRY SHEAD Royal Visitors 1996 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

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...

38. BRETT WHITELEY Preliminary Drawing for Magnolia with Money (Painting to have Real Roll of Money) c1980 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

When Brett Whiteley sat down to create his drawing of magnolia flowers in 1980 he was at the very peak of his career. In the second half of the preceding decade he had scooped the pool in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes and was creating sell-out exhibitions, seemingly without end....

39. PHILLIP PIPERIDES Gina in Pose image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

Cypriot-born artist Phillip Piperides was born into a family of potters with a long history of working with clay. From a young age, Piperides familiarised himself with the medium, a family tradition which his father had passed down to him. Through the medium of clay, a world of opportunity was...

40. MICHAEL JOHNSON Vermilion 1995 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

Michael Johnson, nowadays a veteran Australian abstract painter, began painting in the late 1950s. A graduate of Sydney’s Julian Ashton School, he moved to London in 1960 and only returned to Australia for two years in 1967 before leaving for New York in 1969. His 1967 exhibition at the Central...

49. CHARLES BLACKMAN Three Figures c1965 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

Charles Blackman established his position as one of Australia’s most significant artists early in his career, creating his iconic Schoolgirls series and Alice in Wonderland series in the 1950s. During this period, he became a central part of the community of artists in Melbourne. He was a member...

59. MAX DUPAIN Sunbaker 1937 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

As the instigator of Modernist Photography in Australia, Max Dupain in the mid-1930s began shooting industrial landscapes and machinery with angular, cropped images. Perhaps there was a sense that by championing the Industrial, the world could speed out of the great Depression. There was also...

60. JONATHAN LASKER Assertive Absence 1999 image
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

Contemporary artists living and working today are bored of the saying ‘everything that can be done in painting, has already been done’.1 Abstraction is a broad genre, in painting there are many strains and endless possibilities. The word literally means drawn from and thus...

64. JOHN PERCEVAL Surveyors’ Flags under Black Mountain 1966 image 
By Anonymous
28 Mar 2018

A member of both the Angry Penguins and the Antipodeans, John Perceval’s place in Australian art history is profound.

His career is littered with accolades; most notably, Percevalwon the Wynne Prize in 1960 and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1991 for service to the arts...

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