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51. DAVID LARWILL Perfumed Garden 1987 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
01 Nov 2017

David Larwill’s oeuvre rests on a self-created mythology of simplicity, friendship and adventure, and, occasionally swerves into the realms of social and political statements. Throughout his prodigious but short career, cut tragically short by lung cancer, the artist kept his message short and...

52. KEITH HARING Untitled 1984 image
By Tessa Dorman MA Art History and Theory
01 Nov 2017

The impressive, albeit brief, career of Keith Haring began amongst New York’s vibrant avant-garde street art scene in the early 1980s. Successful artists rely on commercial galleries to present their works to the public, Haring was a revolutionary in that he took his art directly to the...

53. GARRY SHEAD Intimate Couple 2000 image
By Tessa Dorman MA Art History and Theory
01 Nov 2017

Garry Shead is one of Australia’s most renowned artists for his poetic depictions of Australian culture and the essence of human love.  Arguably amongst his most powerful series, Dance Sequence, is one of the artist’s most adored series and that includes the present work, Intimate...

54. JOHN PERCEVAL Kathy in the Studio 1964 image
By Gavin Fry
01 Nov 2017

As many will testify, the world created in an artist’s work might not necessarily show a direct relationship to the artist’s own life. The paintings and ceramics of John Perceval are amongst the most appealing and engaging of any artist of his generation, but the bright and happy world they...

55. FRED WILLIAMS Fallen Tree 1959 image
By Gavin Fry
01 Nov 2017

Almost any aspiring artist in mid-century Australia could well have thought that anything worth saying about the landscape had already been said. From the tentative depictions of the convict illustrators, through the romantic topographers and the hybrid Barbizon and orientalist glare painting of...

56. ARTHUR STREETON Study for Still Glides the Stream 1887-88 image
By Anonymous
01 Nov 2017

In 1889 Arthur Streeton, together with Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin and Charles Conder stood on the threshold of a momentous era in Australian Art. The term Heidelberg School, coined by critic Sidney Dickinson, which we now use to describe the era came about as the most important artists of...

57. TOM ROBERTS A Kentish Landscape (Spring in Dorset) 1922 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
01 Nov 2017

All very quiet here; a boy singing; a bell, a distant two horses, heads leaning over a gate; so up the lane by the newly-thatched cottage, and then along the village road; people just unrecognisable on the way to the little old church, and then to write a word to...

58. NORMAN LINDSAY The Mantilla 1941 image
By Anonymous
01 Nov 2017

Lindsay considered Rita Lee his best model for oil paintings describing her as ‘the perfect model for the metier of oil painting…a quiet reticent girl who seldom spoke, but who secreted within her all those emotional intensities from which any variation on the feminine image may be extracted.’...

59. ARTHUR STREETON Decoration image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
01 Nov 2017

Sir Arthur Streeton (1867–1943) is widely regarded as one of the early twentieth century’s foremost painters of Australian art. A member of the Heidelberg School that also included Tom Roberts (1856-1931), Frederick McCubbin (1855-1917), and Charles Conder (1868-1909). This celebrated group of...

60. TOM ROBERTS Portrait of a Lady (Possibly Lady Hopetoun) c1900 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
01 Nov 2017

Tom Roberts is most often associated with his large, nationalistic paintings such as Shearing the Rams 1888-90 and Bailed Up 1895. These much loved national treasures are so embedded in our national psyche that we often overlook Roberts’ ability as a portraitist. During the...

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