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29. NORMAN LINDSAY Iris image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
27 Feb 2019

Shown wearing little more than a headdress and silk slippers, Iris is an embodiment of sensuality and mystique. As with many of Norman Lindsay’s nudes, the sitter’s lack of attire does not imply her vulnerability - rather, Iris appears emboldened by the viewer’s gaze, assuming an air of...

30. ETHEL CARRICK FOX Untitled (North African Marketplace) image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
27 Feb 2019

Even by today’s standards, Ethel Carrick Fox would be considered a thoroughly modern woman; independent, adventurous and determined. She was a naturally gifted artist who early on decided to fulfil her ambition and in 1887 enrolled at the Slade Art School in London. Rejecting the domestic life...

31. JEFFREY SMART Second Study for Ostia image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
27 Feb 2019

Jeffrey Smart’s move to Italy in 1965 summoned his full flowering as an artist. In the ancient city of Rome, nearby port harbour of Ostia and the adjacent airfields of Fiumicino, Smart found the crisp, urban forms, dramatic contrasts of colour and light and intricately patinated surfaces that we...

32. CHARLES BLACKMAN Red Dress and Yellow Jonquils image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
27 Feb 2019

Charles Blackman’s Red Dress and Yellow Jonquils, c.1958, combines strong graphic elements with wonderful, bright and life-affirming colours. It was produced following the famous Alice in Wonderland series of paintings and continued the theme of depicting single figures,...

33. BRONWYN OLIVER Acorn image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
27 Feb 2019

Acorn was created in 2006, the final year of Bronwyn Oliver’s tragically short life. During this year, Oliver spent much of her day working exhaustively on the group of works that would be included in the exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 planned for August that year. After months of  ...

34. JOEL ELENBERG Head III image
By Ken Wach
27 Feb 2019

Solly Elenberg often admiringly recounted how Joel, his much-loved younger brother, thought nothing of regularly sauntering into the decidedly swish Delmonico’s clothing store, just up the road from his Jewish family home in Carlton’s Lygon Street, to buy the most expensive Italian suits and...

35. GARRY SHEAD The Crowning Glory image
By Marguerite Brown MA - Art Curatorship
27 Feb 2019

Garry Shead has established a considerable reputation as one of Australia’s most prominent figurative artists.  His works invariably contain a narrative bent, a whimsical tone, and a highly stylised figurative manner that evokes both the poetic and lyrical. His scenes transpire in a uniquely...

36. TIM STORRIER Old History (Ha, Ha, Ha, What?) image
By Gavin Fry
27 Feb 2019

As he marks his three score years and ten, Tim Storrier can look back at a lifetime of achievement to which many aspire but few achieve in the arts. He made a spectacular entry into the profession as the youngest ever winner of the Sulman Prize and has built on that over fifty years, producing...

37. UTA UTA TJANGALA Untitled image
By Jane Raffan
27 Feb 2019

Papunya has now achieved mythic status in the country’s cultural psyche for its place in the history of the Western Desert Art Movement, eclipsing its earlier symbolic place in the annals of white exploration of the interior; that of being the nearest town to the Australian ‘continental...

38. LIN ONUS Fish and Storm Clouds (Guyi Na Ngawalngawal) image
By Jane Raffan
27 Feb 2019

Yorta Yorta artist Lin Onus has been described as ‘a cultural provocateur who believed that there was no distinction between the political and the beautiful.’1

Philosophical thinking offers a useful key to unlock this statement. Australian academic Robin Ferrell has...

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