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ALBERT NAMATJIR Central Australian Landscape (Finke River) c1955 image
By Asta Cameron
03 Mar 2022

My grandfather, Albert Namatjira, his country starts from Ormiston Gorge, the Finke River and goes right down to Palm Valley. To the east of the gorges is the MacDonnell Ranges. My grandfather’s dreaming is there and it’s very important country.1...

Self Portrait as a Budgie image
By Catherine Baxendale
03 Mar 2022

The first aspect of Ben Quilty’s paintings that will strike any uninitiated viewer is the innate appeal of their surface.  Quilty applies paint with a glorious, buttery intensity: he is clearly an artist who loves his medium.  But the attraction of Quilty’s luscious impasto encompasses a certain...

18. Ben Quilty Grey Skull 2006 image
By Catherine Baxendale
03 Mar 2022

The first aspect of Ben Quilty’s paintings that will strike any uninitiated viewer is the innate appeal of their surface.  Quilty applies paint with a glorious, buttery intensity: he is clearly an artist who loves his medium.  But the attraction of Quilty’s luscious impasto encompasses a certain...

19. Helen Johnson Death Painting (Knowledge Transfer Ghoul) 2017 image
By Anonymous
03 Mar 2022

Helen Johnson is quickly becoming one of Australia’s brightest artistic talents. Her works have been exhibited at major Australian and international institutions, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Tate Modern, both in London.

Death Painting (Knowledge Transfer Ghoul...

20. JOEL ELENBERG Head III 1978 image
By Ashleigh Wilson
03 Mar 2022

He was still young, still finding his way, when Joel Elenberg shifted his gaze from painting to sculpture. Here was an ancient form of expression that carried with it the promise of new possibilities, a channel through which he could look deep into the past and imagine a world beyond his years....

DAVID HOCKNEY Lithograph of Water Made of Thick and Thin Lines and Two Light Blue Washes 1978-80 image
By BRETT BALLARD
03 Mar 2022

David Hockney arrived in Los Angeles in 1963 to find a city that was vast and fast-moving. Against the advice of others, who insisted East not West, Hockney found a world of light and architecture, its newness marked by freeways and its setting edged by water. Amidst its people and pools Hockney...

CRESSIDA CAMPBELL The Verandah image
By BRETT BALLARD
03 Mar 2022

Now that Cressida Campbell has so completely emerged and has achieved her place as one of Australia’s most important artists, it would be impossible to conceive of another painter so involved with the lived environment. Campbell’s paintings are well known for their...

23 IRMA STERN Flowers and Beach Landscape 1936 image
By Tim Abdallah
03 Mar 2022

Irma Stern is one of South Africa’s best-known artists and one of a few South African painters whose reputation extends beyond the African continent. Born in 1894 and raised in Transvaal, she studied art in Germany, first at the Weimar Academy in 1913, and later briefly at the famed Bauhaus. She...

24. MARGARET OLLEY Flannel Flowers 1975 image
By Catherine Baxendale
03 Mar 2022

In November 1970, Margaret Olley suffered the loss of her friend and fellow artist, David Strachan (1919-1970), when he was killed in a car accident at the age of 51. Having met during the 1940s as students of Jean Bellette (1908-1991), Olley and Strachan forged a lifelong friendship.1...

25. JEFFREY SMART Third Study for The Two-up Game 2006 image
By BRETT BALLARD
03 Mar 2022

To understand the paintings of Jeffrey Smart is to enter the world of signs and symbols and to acknowledge a language that is entirely Smart’s own. Jeffrey Smart left Australia in 1963 but it is the period prior to this that forms Smart’s thinking and marks his mature style. By the middle...

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