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32. HOWARD ARKLEY Deluxe Setting image
By menzies
29 May 2019

Deluxe Setting, first shown in Howard Arkley’s Mix ’n Match exhibition at Tolarno Galleries in South Yarra in November 1992, marks yet another critical juncture in a career full of dramatic shifts and changes. Recycling a composition from Frances Joslin Gold’s Instant Decorator, a 1970s...

33. IAN FAIRWEATHER Composition V image
By menzies
29 May 2019

Ian Fairweather was born on Tuesday 29 September in 1891 at Bridge of Allan in Stirlingshire in Scotland, the youngest of nine children. His father James, “a man of the most perfect temper”, was educated at Edinburgh University, became a Surgeon Major and Deputy Surgeon-General and worked for...

34. RUPERT BUNNY On the Landing image
By menzies
29 May 2019

The heady artistic atmosphere of fin de siècle Paris captivated the young Rupert Bunny, when he moved there in 1886 as a twenty-four year old art student. By the late 1880s Bunny’s sociable nature was well known and earned him a place in artistic circles that included some of the creative giants...

35. ARTHUR STREETON The Rialto image
By menzies
29 May 2019

In 1907, Arthur Streeton returned to Australia from England having lived there since 1897, working and exhibiting his art. He held a successful exhibition of his paintings at Hibernian Hall in Melbourne, with sales totalling a respectable two thousand pounds. Some of...

36. TIM STORRIER The Grand Impedimenta image
By menzies
28 May 2019

It is just on fifty years since Tim Storrier burst onto the Australian art scene with his win in the Sulman Prize at the age of nineteen. It was an extraordinary achievement for a young artist barely out of art school. The winning work, Suzy 350, depicted two figures in flight, thrown from a...

37. INGE KING Rings of the Sun III image
By menzies
28 May 2019

Inge King’s oeuvre stretched over seven decades and, unlike many artists who peak early in their career and then spend decades in repeating their youthful triumphs, King’s work grew, developed and matured with age. She created some of her best work in the final decades of her life.

Rings...

38. BRONWYN OLIVER Shell 2003 image
By menzies
28 May 2019

When the ideas, the formal elements and the medium all work together a sculpture will ‘sing’ with a kind of rightness.
It takes on a life, a presence, which is removed from this world. It belongs to a mythical other life without a place in time.1

Bronwyn Oliver’s...

39. RICK AMOR Figure in a Landscape image
By menzies
28 May 2019

Rick Amor is among the best-known and most successful artists of his generation, gaining popular and critical acclaim not just for his painting, but also as a printmaker, illustrator and sculptor. His exploration of each art form is part of a deliberate and single-minded approach to his art,...

40. ROBERT KLIPPEL Opus 372B image
By menzies
28 May 2019

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...

41. JEAN ARP Torse Fruit image
By menzies
28 May 2019

Jean Arp was a very prominent member of two of Modernism’s most perplexing art movements: Dada and Surrealism. Dada, often also called Dadaism, was less a coherent group of artists than a collective of like-minded and disaffected people whose ideas and art were propelled by an abiding disgust...

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