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53. JASON BENJAMIN Love Goes On! image
By Gavin Wilson
28 Aug 2015

There are certain landscapes that appeal to an individual’s sensibility. In the case of Jason Benjamin (born 1971), that region stretches from the Hay Plain to the Monaro in the south-east of New South Wales. Love Goes On! 2013, is a work that had its origins in the austere expanse of these...

By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
28 Aug 2015

Having spent five years in London, enrolled at the Chelsea School of Art and Central School of Arts and Crafts, Fred Williams returned to Australia in December 1956 to immerse himself in a landscape familiar in its strangeness.1 In dramatic contrast to the picturesque greenery of the English...

52. GARRY SHEAD Velázquez and Muse (Homage to Las Meninas) image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
28 Aug 2015

The current work, Velázquez  and Muse (Homage to Las Meninas), from the ‘Artist and Muse’ series, is from a group of works in which Shead pays homage to the great European Masters – Rembrandt, Goya and Velázquez. The artist first studied these painters in detail during the 1980s when travelling...

51. JOHN OLSEN Mallee Road to Nhill 1981 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
28 Aug 2015

John Olsen painted Mallee Road to Nhill 1981, soon after he had left Wagga Wagga to live in Adelaide. Enlivened by the dry climate, sunny skies, fresh surroundings and the conviviality of making new friends, Olsen relived the joie de vivre of his Spanish period, in particular the time he had...

49. ARTHUR STREETON Amiens Cathedral image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
28 Aug 2015

In 1918 while living in London, Arthur Streeton was appointed an official war artist by the Australian War Memorial. The artist travelled to France to record the involvement of Australian soldiers in the battles along the Somme River. The old city of Amiens lays approximately one hundred...

48. LLOYD REES A Morning Vision at Northwood 1986 image
By Tessa Dorman MA Art History and Theory
28 Aug 2015

The sun and it’s light…a metaphor of life, but also of the incomprehensible and unencompassable universe, its expression is metaphysical.1

Titan of Australian landscape painting, Lloyd Rees, had an extensive career spanning over seven decades. It was in the last years of his...

47. ROGER KEMP Untitled c1972 image
By Tim Abdallah, Head of Art
28 Aug 2015

Roger Kemp is the Australian painter who most the embodies the philosophy, aims and values of Abstract art. Of the big names: Godfrey Miller (1893-1964), John Passmore (1914-2004), Tony Tuckson (1921-1973), John Coburn (1925-2006) and Robert Klippel (1920-2001), Kemp is the individual who more...

45. JOHN OLSEN Desert Landscape and Marsupial Mice 1998 image
By Tessa Dorman MA Art History and Theory
28 Aug 2015

I am in the landscape, and the landscape is in me, that’s the experience that drives the line. Once I get a central rhythm going, it propels itself. I feel a rapport and one thing suggests another, asks a question, sees a connection just like a poetical form. It’s telling me, push me this way,...

44. IAN FAIRWEATHER Fascismo 1963 image
By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

Ian Fairweather’s paintings are very keenly sought by discerning collectors and galleries right through the nation. Once they are bought they tend to be held and rarely appear on the market. In fact, the artist’s works have been offered for public sale in Australia as few as seventy-one times in...

43. DEL KATHRYN BARTON The Love You Know 2009-10 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
28 Aug 2015

The world evoked by Del Kathryn Barton can appear disturbing and fractionate yet the multiplicity of parts also convey a reassuring sense of wholeness and depth of coexistence. A two-time winner of the Archibald Prize, Barton investigates ideas to do with the representation of human identity,...

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