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30. JOHN OLSEN Evening with Passing Wildflowers 1981 image
By Anonymous
27 Aug 2019

In July 1981, John Olsen moved to Clarendon in South Australia, where he purchased ‘The Old Rectory’, built in 1850. The building was situated on top of a hill overlooking the village of Clarendon, and Olsen recognised immediately that ‘this environment, characterised by voluptuous rolling hills...

31. ANDY WARHOL Mick Jagger 1975 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
27 Aug 2019

Andy Warhol had met Mick Jagger in 1963 when the Rolling Stones were not well known in the United States. Warhol had designed the band’s provocative album cover, Sticky Fingers, which caused a stir when it was released however the attention gained for both the band and the artist was...

32. HOWARD ARKLEY Model Tudor Village, Fitzroy Gardens 1986 image
By Anonymous
27 Aug 2019

This painting was first shown in 5AR: Artists and Architects, a collaborative group exhibition curated by Val Austin, at the University of Melbourne’s George Paton Gallery in June 1986. The stark monochrome palette references its origins in Elizabethan half-timbered architecture, and...

33. ALBERT TUCKER Intruder and Parrots 1965 image
By Gavin Fry
27 Aug 2019

Albert Tucker was of a generation of Australians whose lives were constrained by the great international turmoils of the first half of the twentieth century. Born at the beginning of the First World War, his childhood was overshadowed by the communal loss of a nation that had lost sixty thousand...

By Gavin Fry
27 Aug 2019

The term ‘icon’ has become perhaps the most over-used, and abused, word in the contemporary lexicon, yet in many ways it is hard not to describe Rick Amor’s The Waiter as an iconic work in the artist’s long career. It stands near the mid point, twenty-seven years after his graduation...

35. FRED WILLIAMS Purple Landscape 1958 image
By Ken Wach
27 Aug 2019

The soft luminosity and the free spill of earthy tones in Fred Williams’s early work, Purple Landscape of 1958, lead the viewer’s eye to an upper register of loosely applied and scumbled paint that seems to “hang” over the whole scene. The painting has a visual power that is arresting...

36. WILLIAM ROBINSON Goomoolahra with Butterfly 2003 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
27 Aug 2019

‘Living in the country everything moves – the seasons , the clouds, nothing is set. There are things behind you, all around you and you are in it.’  William Robinson

Goomoolahra with Butterfly was painted and then shown at Philip Bacon Galleries in...

37. JEFFREY SMART Near Pisa 1995 image
By Ken Wach
27 Aug 2019

Jeffrey Smart was an extremely well-travelled artist. His many road trips as a passenger (he did not drive) provided him with the opportunity to scan urban and suburban landscapes looking for strange juxtapositions, unusual events and odd placements. Such metropolitan vignettes were collected by...

38. HOWARD ARKLEY Room with Pink Chair 1998 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
27 Aug 2019

Room with Pink Chair 1998 is a late work by Howard Arkley produced at the peak of his career. With exhibitions in Los Angeles and Venice just around the corner and major commissions planned for the National Gallery of Victoria and National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Arkley was...

39. ARTHUR BOYD Bride and Bridegroom with Rainbow 1960 image
By Ken Wach
27 Aug 2019

Arthur Boyd never wore a belt because he believed that it would restrict his circulation. Even such a small detail says something about his essential difference from others. His Christian Science upbringing was fundamental and it instilled in him a strong work ethic and a self-belief that...

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