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30. IAN FAIRWEATHER Women and Children 1957 image
By Anonymous
21 Oct 2020

Ian Fairweather’s 1957 Women and Children, a modernist rendering of one of his most familiar subjects, is a fine example of balance between the figurative and the abstract.

31. WILLIAM ROBINSON The Sacred Rock, Carnarvon 2006 image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
21 Oct 2020

William Robinson’s paintings of central and south east Queensland are unique in the history of Australian art, revealing an approach to the landscape that is at once intimate and all-embracing.  

32. JEFFREY SMART The Steps, Palma 1965 image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
21 Oct 2020

Jeffrey Smart was never a spontaneous and unrestrained artist.  Certainly, some of his ideas came unexpectedly like mental snapshots, but the rendering and resolution of these snapshots into pictorial form was always painstaking and meticulous.  Smart explains it himself in the following words...

33. BRETT WHITELEY The Sunrise - Japanese: ‘Good Morning!’ 1988 image
By Ken Wach
21 Oct 2020

Brett Whiteley may be thought of as Australia’s Rudolf Nureyev (1939-1993, Russian) of the canvas – the two were born one year apart and died one year apart. The bravura, flair, airy grace and breath-taking suspension of the ballet dancer were, for many, mirrored by the young Whiteley in the...

34. SIDNEY NOLAN Kelly I image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
21 Oct 2020

Sidney Nolan’s ongoing fascination with Ned Kelly presents us with a unique opportunity to measure the artist’s progress over the period from 1944, when this engagement began, until the end of his life in 1992. Three main series are recognized: 1946-47, 1955, and 1964. In addition, individual...

35. GARRY SHEAD The Miracle 2001 image
By Corinna Cullen BA MA Art History and Curatorial Studies
21 Oct 2020

Garry Shead brings the divine into our Antipodean everyday. Shead translates religious and cultural legends from the Renaissance onwards into an Australian idiom, breathing new life into old ideas. He paints himself into these compositions, either as a bystander or as the protagonist, exploring...

36. ROBERT DICKERSON The Strikers 1978 image
By Marguerite Brown MA - Art Curatorship
21 Oct 2020

Robert Dickerson developed a visual language and ascetic style that is instantly identifiable, forging a successful career as an artist without any formal art school education. Gifted with an original vision plus a dogged determination to paint, Dickerson became a highly recognised and admired...

37. BEN QUILTY Air Commodore John Oddie, After Afghanistan,  No. 2 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
21 Oct 2020

The Australian War Memorial has a proud tradition of commissioning artists to examine and depict the Australian experience of war – Arthur Streeton (1873-1930) and George Lambert (1873-1930) were both official war artists during the First World War; Nora Heysen (1911-2003) and William Dargie (...

38. DEL KATHRYN BARTON Untitled Girl 2005 image
By Anonymous
21 Oct 2020

Untitled Girl 2005 dates from a critical phase of Del Kathryn Barton’s career, when her creative practice and unparalleled style was consolidated, laying the groundwork for the much-coveted, large-scale paintings that would follow.
 

39. JEFFREY SMART The Billboards II 1969-70 image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
21 Oct 2020

1969, and Jeffrey Smart is at the height of his powers as an artist and fully in possession of a style of painting that is both instantly recognisable and the perfect vehicle for his highly individualistic Weltanschauung. The city and its geometries, both ancient and modern, grand and...

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