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By Corinna Cullen BA MA Art History and Curatorial Studies
03 Mar 2021

The birds are important. The budgies, mynas and cockatoos that populate Ben Quilty’s work are far more than just cutesy, faintly menacing characters.

21. SIDNEY NOLAN Glacier, Antarctica 1964 image
By Rodney James, B.A. (Hons.), M.A
03 Mar 2021

‘Nolan’s Antarctica is the anxious and apprehensive land; the paint is clogged, swirled, cluttered, the spirit troubled.’

Elwyn Lynn, September 1965

22. JOHN PERCEVAL Beach Studio 1961
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
03 Mar 2021

John Perceval’s 1961 painting, Beach Studio, captures the jovial atmosphere of the Aspendale beach house owned by his friends and patrons, John and Sunday Reed.

23. JOHN OLSEN Businessman Getting Ready for Work 2003 image
By Corinna Cullen BA MA Art History and Curatorial Studies
03 Mar 2021

Ken McGregor and Jenny Zimmer chose Businessman Getting Ready for Work 2003 for a full-page illustration in their monograph on John Olsen, Journeys into the ‘You Beaut Country’. It appears alongside an excerpt from the artist’s diary praising the simple pleasure of a poached...

24. ANDY WARHOL Kiku 1983 image
By Carla Dusevic BA Hons
03 Mar 2021

In 1983, Andy Warhol was commissioned to create several limited edition screenprints for the occasion of his upcoming travelling retrospective exhibition in Japan. After first making contact through Gaston Petit (born 1930), a Canadian priest and artist stationed in Tokyo, the brief for America’...

25. LIN ONUS Moonlight at Numerili 2 1993 image
By Jane Raffan
03 Mar 2021

Yorta Yorta artist Lin Onus has been described as a ‘provocateur who believed that there was no distinction between the political and the beautiful.’1 A self-declared ‘cultural mechanic’,2 Onus challenged cultural hegemonies with satire and humour in overt...

26. TIM STORRIER Sirrius Flame 2009 image
By Rodney James, B.A. (Hons.), M.A
03 Mar 2021

As one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists, Tim Storrier has developed a body of work that is instantly recognisable and universally admired. His outback paintings evoke wondrous feelings of nature and of the Earth as an arena of mysterious rituals, ceremony and elemental...

27. WILLIAM ROBINSON Tweed Valley, Rainforest Ridge and Beechmont 1999 image
By Ken Wach
03 Mar 2021

William Robinson was born in Brisbane and as a young man he showed considerable promise as a musician to the point that, in 1957, he was a State Finalist in the ABC Concerto and Vocal Competition, which led to a position playing piano for the Queensland Symphony...

28. SIDNEY NOLAN Moonlight 1980 image
By Tim Abdallah
03 Mar 2021

Sidney Nolan’s treatment of Ned Kelly is the best known group of paintings in Australian art. The series grew out of an interest that was deep and nuanced. Ned Kelly the Bushranger, the Legend and the Myth, have been more widely discussed than any other figure in Australian history. At the time...

29. JOHN BRACK Green Nude 1971 image
By Ken Wach
03 Mar 2021

Some artists paint what they see; others what they feel. For the Melbourne-based artist John Brack it was different. For Brack, art was more in the manner of an intellectual act.

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