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Garry Shead image
By Professor Sasha Grishin
28 May 2015

The Royal Touch was painted in the same year as Ceremony,1 in 1996. The two paintings are of identical dimensions and are two very significant paintings in Garry Shead’s Royal Suite series. Both are set against the dusty red earth of central Australia, with Uluru somewhere on the...

Aristide Maillol image
By admin
28 May 2015

The French artist and writer, Maurice Denis (1870-1943) called Maillol a ‘primitive classic’. Looking at the simple geometry and timeless repose of La Montagne, you can sense what he meant. Maillol was one of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century and La Montagne is one of his...

Fred Williams image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
28 May 2015

Fred Williams’s mantle as Australia’s most important landscape painter was first claimed in the late 1960s. The ‘Australian Landscape’ series and ‘Silver and Grey’ paintings from 1969-70 confirmed his place in the upper echelon of Australian art. By 1973 the influential art critic Patrick...

Lynn Chadwick image
By admin
27 May 2015

Sculptor Lynn Chadwick is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most well-respected British artists – he was one of few sculptors of this time who combined great imagination with an immense technical ability. He is recognised for his distinctive style, his theme of organic, figurative or...

Fernand Leger image
By Ken Wach
27 May 2015

Fernand Léger’s China Town of 1943 is a rare and singularly accomplished painting that was created during the artist’s longest visit to America. Its visually arresting compositional attributes are distinctively typical of the sixty-two year old artist’s mature oeuvre in the...

Brett Whiteley’s Chelsea Flower Show Image
By admin
08 May 2015

Brett Whiteley’s Chelsea Flower Show has a disarming provenance: for thirty-six years it hung in the private collection of his mother.

As first glance, and after reading its title, one is almost...

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By Professor Sasha Grishin
24 Feb 2015

John Brack’s Backs and Fronts 1969, is one of the two key major paintings from his Ballroom dancing series which he painted largely in 1969 and exhibited for the first time in 1970. The other major painting in this series is the Latin American Grand Final 1969, which is in the collection of the...

By Caroline Jones
16 Dec 2014

Boyd had taken the idea of a half-caste groom wooing a half-caste bride, worked it into a series of large-scale paintings, each with their characters caged within the four sides of the picture plane, and constructed a kind of passion play about the tribulations associated with the pursuit of...

By Caroline Jones
16 Dec 2014

Norman Lindsay’s pirate subjects would have to be some of his most adventurous works, always brimming with swashbuckling figures and their hedonistic pursuits, depicted in a lively palette by the artist. It is no surprise that pirates were a favourite subject of both Norman and his brother,...

By Tim Abdallah
18 Nov 2014

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