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40. SIDNEY NOLAN Kelly and Horse c1964-65 image
By Ken Wach
27 Aug 2019

Sidney Nolan is universally regarded as Australia’s foremost modernist artist. Famed for his prodigious output in a career that spanned over five decades, there is no question that his most celebrated creation remains his paintings on the subject of Australia’s most notorious bushranger Ned...

41. JEFFREY SMART Campbell Street 1963 image
By Ken Wach
27 Aug 2019

Smart’s was an observational aesthetic. He presented ‘freeze frame’ mental snapshots captured while scanning the urban environment. These images, unusual events and odd placements were then carefully arranged into compositions in his studio. Smart’s compositions are always arresting and...

42. EMILY KAME KNGWARREYE My Country 1994 image
By Adrian Newstead
27 Aug 2019

Emily Kame Kngwarreye began painting at the age of seventy-nine and in just eight years completed no less than four thousand works of art yet she never went to art school, never looked through art books and rarely went to galleries.  Her first experience of serious painting was the making of...

43. JUDY WATSON NAPANGARDI Women’s Dreaming 1995 image
By Asta Cameron
27 Aug 2019

Judy Watson Napangardi is a Warlpiri artist who was born at Yarungkanji on Mt. Doreen Station, a cattle station northwest of Alice Springs. Warlpiri country is located in the Tanami Desert, and this is where Judy spent most of her life, embracing the traditional nomadic lifestyle of the Warlpiri...

44. TIM STORRIER Incendiary Dawn 2005 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
27 Aug 2019

‘One evening in 1981, Storrier stuck a couple of steel posts into some arid clayish earth and strung a rope between them. Then he went to the back of his ute, found a tin of lacquer, coated the rope and set it alight. He says he can’t remember why he decided to do it and has no idea where the...

45. CHARLES BLACKMAN Mr Rabbit Reads to Alice c1980 image
By Tessa Dorman MA Art History and Theory
27 Aug 2019

Dear, dear! How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is...

46. CHARLES BLACKMAN Midnight Garden 1993 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
27 Aug 2019

Charles Blackman was an artist who found inspiration in nature – throughout his long and prolific career, the beauty of the natural world provided the artist with a bounty of subject matter. Gardens, flowers, forests and animals were a constant feature in Blackman’s art and the artist would...

47. GARRY SHEAD Romeo and Juliet 2015 image
By Gavin Fry
27 Aug 2019

The plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare have inspired artists right from the time they were first produced more than four centuries ago. His ideas of high drama, comedy, colour and action have always provided rich pickings for painters, perhaps none more so than the pre-Raphaelite and Royal...

48. LIN ONUS Bunpa 1989 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
27 Aug 2019

Described by the curator Margo Neale as a ‘cultural terrorist of gentle irreverence’,1 Lin Onus, a self-taught artist of Yorta Yorta and Scottish descent, left school at the age of fourteen and worked as a motor mechanic and spray painter before joining his father making artifacts for...

49. CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI Tjungurrayi and Tjapaltjarri Dreaming 1998 image
By Anonymous
27 Aug 2019

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri was born on Napperby Station about two hundred kilometres north-west of Mparntwe (Alice Springs). Like many other Anmatyerr people, his family moved to the east region of their country following the Coniston Massacre of the mid-1920s. The artist started his working...

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