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By Alison Burns
30 May 2013

'The chess-board painting… represents the criss-cross quiz of what you see in the jungle, which is a game of chess between the inhabitants, whether it’s the cicadas, or the snakes, or the waterdragons, or the echidnas or even the spiders. I remember going down the path one day to my...

By admin
30 May 2013

Brett Whiteley is most admired for the sensuous power and lyrical expressionism of his work. While his genius and individuality was expressed through an impressive range of media from printmaking to sculpture, it was painting that was the means by which he could truly make sense of...

By David Thomas
30 May 2013

Harold Septimus Power returned to Australia in early 1913, having spent a number of years studying at Academie Julian, Paris, followed by a lengthy sojourn in England. His first solo exhibition opened in Melbourne in June, on a Friday 13th– 1913! Apparently it was not an...

By Alison Burns
30 May 2013

'I never work from photographic documents. I work from memory. Whether I’m painting a bottle or a sunset, it has more to do with mood, memory and the distillation of time than realism'.1 

 A technical virtuoso with paint, Tim Storrier’s works are flawless...

By Tim Abdallah, Head of Art
26 Mar 2013

The lasting memory of the March auction for me remains three works by Arthur Streeton. This artist’s durability in the Australian collecting market was underlined by the strong result for a beautiful scene of Sydney Harbour painted in 1907. Streeton was a strong minded artist who asserted his...

By Tim Abdallah, Head of Art
13 Mar 2013

Frederick McCubbin, who, together with Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton formed the Heidelberg School of painters in the late 1880’s, travelled to Europe briefly in 1907. The trip, and his first-hand experience of French Impressionism, was to have a profound influence on his work from that time...

By Tim Abdallah, Head of Art
13 Mar 2013

Unlike John Brack who basically spent his whole life in Melbourne, Arthur Streeton, who is thought of  as a Melbourne artist, spent the most important years of his career living elsewhere. He used the proceeds of successful early exhibitions in his home town to travel, initially to Sydney and...

By Tim Abdallah, Head of Art
13 Mar 2013

From his much loved and magisterial 1969 Ballroom Dancer series, this painting was last sold at the very pinnacle of the 2007 art boom for a little over $2.1m. At its current estimate of $1.4-1.8 million in our March 21 sale, it is a very tangible reminder of the good ol’ days of the art market...

HANS HEYSEN The Hillside, Glen Osmond Image
By Alison Burns BA (Hons); MA
22 Feb 2013

The Hillside, Glen Osmond 1936, represents a region of Glen Osmond that was pastoral land at the time of the painting’s conception. Today the area, some 20 kilometres northwest of Hahndorf, is a suburb on the outskirts of Adelaide.

Hans Heysen shows great concern for accuracy in...

By Alison Burns BA (Hons); MA
22 Feb 2013

Rainforest with Botan Creek showcases William Robinson’s unique approach to perspective. The upper portion of the picture plane investigates the landscape as it appears from above, while the lower portion represents the view from within the landscape. It gazes high into the treetops set...

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