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Art Reviews 2017

53. GINGER RILEY MUNDUWALAWALA The Four Archers image
By Jane Raffan
12 Apr 2017

In 1988, Ginger Riley exhibited along with fellow Ngukurr artists in the community’s first commercial show, startling visitors with their striking bold compositions and brilliant colour. At the opening, Riley was asked by a journalist why his sea eagle was green and not white. ‘It looks better’...

54. MAGGIE WATSON NAPANGARDI Mina Mina Dreaming 1995 image
By Anonymous
12 Apr 2017

A Warlpiri artist Maggie Watson Napangardi (formerly Napangardi Ross) was born at Yuendumu in the Tanami Desert, 300 kilometres northwest of Alice Springs. Within her community Maggie was one of the pioneers in painting the traditional designs of her people using western painting materials on...

55. FRED CRESS Business Hours 2003 image
By Gavin Fry
12 Apr 2017

The later works of Fred Cress provide a fascinating line of commentary and satire on the theme of man as a social animal. They show in all their richness and perversity an unfolding narrative of the interactions of men and women engaged in the game of life. The artist...

56. KEN WHISSON For the Moment of Porto Alegre image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
12 Apr 2017

The art dealer Ray Hughes once declared that ‘everyone wants to be Ken Whisson’s Captain Cook.’1 As the artist explains, ‘I’m discovered and forgotten and discovered and forgotten and it will go on for the rest of my life I imagine.  And so each time it will be a great joy to be...

57. TIM MAGUIRE Untitled 98U90 1998 image
By Anne Phillips MA
12 Apr 2017

Tim Maguire’s intense and highly disciplined explorations into the practice of painting include the artist’s colour separation series which echoes digital printing techniques, and the trompe l’oeil effects of his Slit paintings inspired by the slash paintings of noted Italian artist Lucio...

58. GARRY SHEAD Queen and Subjects image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Apr 2017

Queen Elizabeth II visited Australia for the first time on 3 February 1954, when Garry Shead was just twelve years old: she was the first reigning monarch to ever visit Australia. At the time, there was a massive outpouring of nationalism and it was estimated that seventy percent of the...

59. WILLIAM ROBINSON Rainforest with Botan Creek 1989 image
By Anonymous
11 Apr 2017

Within the tradition of Australian landscape painting there have been few painters, who through their unique vision, have expressed our relationship to the world with such exceptional originality as William Robinson. 

As Lou Klepac explains:

Much...

60. RICK AMOR Remnant Pier with a Stormy Sky 2005 image
By Gavin Fry
11 Apr 2017

The rise of Rick Amor to the prominent position he now enjoys in Australian art is well known and widely documented. There was perhaps an inevitability in his steady progress, for as an artist he is single minded, hardworking and unpretentious in his public persona. He...

61. ROSALIE GASCOIGNE Danegeld 1995 image
By Anonymous
11 Apr 2017

Rosalie Gascoigne embarked on her career as an artist at the age of 57, and experienced an unprecedented and meteoric rise to the summit of Australian art. Gascoigne first exhibited at Macquarie Galleries, Canberra in 1974, however it was her inclusion in the Artist’s Choice exhibition at...

62. ARTHUR BOYD The Lovers 1962 image
By Gavin Fry
11 Apr 2017

In 1958 Arthur Boyd was given significant recognition with an invitation to exhibit at the Venice Biennale. In a somewhat unexpected pairing, he was to be shown alongside Sir Arthur Streeton (1867-1943), Australia’s most significant painter of the previous generation who had died fifteen years...

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