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By JacquiB
12 Jul 2017

Danie Mellor’s win in the 2009 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art Award caused a media sensation. Not only was he just the third urban artist to win the award, for some of the more extreme tabloid commentators he was not a ‘proper Aboriginal’ – wrong colour hair and eyes, too white, too...

By JacquiB
12 Jul 2017

Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s oeuvre is a collective expression of the interconnectedness of her physical self and Country – her home Alalgura (Alhalkere), situated near Soakage Bore, Utopia, north east of Alice Springs – as well as the metaphysical associations of awelye (...

By JacquiB
12 Jul 2017

Rover Thomas Joolama (Julama) was born at Yalda Soak in the Great Sandy Desert near Kunawarritji (Gunawaggi or Well 33) on the Canning Stock Route, which runs north/south for over 1,000 kilometres in Western Australia. Now recognised as a colonial folly, the creation and management of...

21. LLOYD REES Landscape at Gunning c1954 image
By Gavin Fry
12 Apr 2017

When Lloyd Rees died in 1988 the nation lost one of its most loved and admired artists, lauded in that year by the Australian Bicentennial Authority as one of ‘two hundred people who made Australia great’. Despite the public outpourings of grief and recognition, Rees had not always been held in...

22. MARGARET OLLEY Lemons image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Apr 2017

Margaret Olley’s most well-known and best loved paintings are undoubtedly her still life works – throughout her life, the artist had the ability to create beautifully crafted tableaux from the objects which she lived with. Her home and studio, which have been recreated at the Tweed Regional Art...

23. NORA HEYSEN Interior with Josephine, London 1934 image
By David Thomas
12 Apr 2017

In Interior with Josephine, London 1934, Nora Heysen extends the art of still life to embrace a sitter and domestic scene, bathed in autumnal light. The light and stillness recall the great Dutch seventeenth-century painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1795), whom she greatly admired. Her...

24. MARGARET PRESTON The Green Curtain c1918 image
By Anonymous
12 Apr 2017

Margaret Preston painted The Green Curtain in London towards the end of her second trip to Europe, a stay that lasted for seven years – from 1912 to 1919 – and was of critical importance in shaping the direction of her art. During that period her still life painting transformed from the...

25. JOHN PERCEVAL Gladioli Farm 1970 image
By Anne Phillips MA
12 Apr 2017

John Perceval, a prodigiously talented yet largely self-taught artist, held his first solo exhibition in 1948 at the age of 23 and went on to win the Wynne Prize for landscape painting in 1960. The following year, several examples of his work were featured in the Whitechapel Gallery’s iconic...

26. CHARLES BLACKMAN Sweet Shop 1954 image
By Anonymous
12 Apr 2017

Sweet Shop is a jewel in the sizable group of pictures that were based on hand-painted advertisements, posters and signs adorning railway platforms and corner shops. Charles Blackman embarked on them after altering the coach house to make way for larger paintings. He later recalled that...

27. JOHN KELLY Cow up a Tree 2000 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Apr 2017

John Kelly’s work has for many years been involved with finding comedic value in chapters of Australian history. He literally takes apart and re-examines the mythology surrounding iconic Australian symbols; particularly the Dobell cows, the racehorse Phar Lap, and the Australia Council’s ‘...

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