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39. JEFFREY SMART Level Crossing image
By Ken Wach
27 Feb 2019

There is always a hidden visual power in Jeffrey Smart’s paintings. His paintings are never simple scenes that are simply rendered – always there is an organising principle. Behind the visible scene there is the invisible mind that orders. Smart’s paintings are never the record of a scene but...

40. BRETT WHITELEY The Paddock - Late Afternoon image
By Ken Wach
27 Feb 2019

Brett Whiteley’s tour de force painting The Paddock - Late Afternoon of 1979 shows the then forty-year old Sydney artist at his most colouristically luminous – only rarely did he ever attain, even in part, the suffused effects of this optically striking painting.

This...

41. KEES VAN DONGEN Deauville, Les Tentes image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
27 Feb 2019

Born in Holland in 1877, Cornelius Theodorus Maria (Kees) van Dongen, began his career as a student at the Rotterdam Academy at the age of fifteen. As a young man he was also engaged in radical politics and earned some extra money as a political cartoonist and illustrator. In fact until 1908 the...

42. JOHN BRACK Green Nude image
By Ken Wach
27 Feb 2019

Some artists paint what they see; others what they feel. For the Melbourne-based artist John Brack it was different. For Brack, art was more in the manner of an intellectual act.

Perhaps, this was why he was so keenly admired for the quality of his art and so respected for the deep...

43. LLOYD REES Song to Creation - Land image 
By Ken Wach
27 Feb 2019

Most people in Australia know Lloyd Rees’s paintings. Most in Sydney value them highly. This justifiably high regard has a long history. In fairness, it must be admitted that at times such great regard has waxed and waned and that, in the minds of some, there were periods when Rees’s reputation...

44. GARRY SHEAD The Studio image
By Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA
27 Feb 2019

In Garry Shead’s oeuvre, the 1990s was a golden period for his art.  It was a time when he attained national recognition with his D.H Lawrence series and then The Royal Suite.  In 1993 he was awarded the Archibald Prize for his amazingly expressionistic portrait of Tom Thompson...

45. WILLIAM ROBINSON Bush Landscape with Sunbeams image
By Anonymous
27 Feb 2019

…the painting simultaneously does so many different things, exquisitely orchestrated to the finest pitch, that you can feel exhilarated, drunk, as you stand before it.  You do feel intoxicated, or at least pleasurably seasick, because you are immediately plunged into...

46. TIM MAGUIRE Untitled 20071106 image
By Marguerite Brown MA - Art Curatorship
27 Feb 2019

Tim Maguire is well known for his large-scale paintings that depict cropped, macro views of flowers and plant-life. This UK based Australian born artist is credited for taking the established genre of still-life painting in a contemporary direction – one that considers the realm of digital image...

47. DEL KATHRYN BARTON Apon the Face of The Waters - She Who Puts Her Love of Shiny Things Aside and Gives to The Earth image
By Asta Cameron
27 Feb 2019

In the past decade Del Kathryn Barton has become one of Australia’s most recognisable and collectable artists. Born in Sydney in 1972, Barton graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Arts in 1993. She won her first Archibald prize in 2008 for her self-portrait with her two...

48. ROBERT DICKERSON Conference in the Street image
By Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA
27 Feb 2019

The death of Robert Dickerson in October 2015 took many people by surprise.  It was not that his death at the age of ninety-one was particularly unexpected, even if he had been in robust health for the preceding few years, but it was because Dickerson was a maverick and unique figure in the...

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