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By Gavin Fry
12 Jul 2017

The idea of a narrative series, telling the story of some overarching myth or theme, is as old as art. It might tell of the passing of the seasons, the triumph of the monarch or the rise and fall of empire or, as in William Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress, the decline and fall of the...

By Ken Wach
12 Jul 2017

Jeffrey Smart loved to paint stairs, they feature in many of his pictures. We can only guess why, but perhaps it was their patterned order and their elevation or sense of spatial progression.

After all, these compositional factors play a consistent role and strengthen the underlying...

By Ken Wach
12 Jul 2017

Robert Klippel’s much-quoted mantra ‘make it new’ encapsulates his life-long view that Modern art had to create rather than recreate. For him, true creativity meant going beyond Nature. For Klippel, this was the crux of Modernism - the creation of new man-made additions to Nature.

Perhaps...

By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Jul 2017

Storrier is an artist who is primarily concerned with painting the landscape, however not in a traditional sense. The artist uses landscape in his works as a stage on which to present scenes of human nature: drama, disaster, travel and dreams. Few artists of the late twentieth century have...

JOHN OLSEN Murray Flowing into Lake Alexandrina image
By Anonymous
12 Jul 2017

John Olsen is renowned for his bold, captivating and deeply subjective art, especially its persistent engagement with the Australian landscape throughout a career spanning over sixty years. Painted between 1980 and 1982, the year it was a finalist in The Wynne Prize, Murray Flowing into Lake...

39. BRONWYN OLIVER Snake image
By Marguerite Brown MA - Art Curatorship
12 Jul 2017

Bronwyn Oliver’s sculptural works have long captivated an audience of avid collectors, drawn to their lyrical and enigmatic abstract forms. Achieving career success during the 1990s, Oliver was the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships and attracted private and institutional patronage,...

By Ken Wach
12 Jul 2017

Brett Whiteley’s tour de force painting The Paddock - Late Afternoon of 1979 shows the then forty-year old Sydney artist at his most colouristically luminous – only rarely did he ever attain, even in part, the suffused effects of this optically striking painting.

This...

Brett Whiteley Table and Fruit video image
By Ken Wach
12 Jul 2017

Analogies aside, it is easy now to forget just how astonishing Whiteley really was. The present writer, as a gawking student, well remembers the audacious artistic and well-reported impact that this young striped-trousered, tousle-haired wunderkind made in the Sixties. Has any twenty-...

Frederick McCubbin Pastoral 1904 video image
By Ken Wach
12 Jul 2017

Frederick McCubbin’s Pastoral was painted in 1904 – the same year as his most famous and much-loved The Pioneer, now held in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. Furthermore, McCubbin’s Pastoral was on special loan to the Bendigo Art Gallery in...

By Michael Desmond
12 Jul 2017

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...

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