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50. RONNIE TJAMPITJINPA Tingari Cycle 1997 image
By Anonymous
27 Aug 2019

Born around 1943 at Tjiturrunya, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa grew up as a member of the Pintupi tribe approximately one hundred kilometres west of the Kintore Ranges across the Western Australian border. Spending most of his early years with his family travelling throughout the remote and vast desert of...

51. ARTHUR BOYD Big Chook c1983 image
By Anonymous
27 Aug 2019

After more than a decade of living amongst the bustle of London’s Hampstead, in 1970 Arthur Boyd rented a modest gamekeeper’s cottage near Ramsholt in Suffolk, allowing him peace and quiet, a studio and a place to reconnect with the landscape.  This duly revived his interest in the Australian...

52. SIDNEY NOLAN Kimberley Landscape - Prince Regent River 1983 image
By Gavin Fry
27 Aug 2019

The first question confronting any artist painting the landscape is ‘where is the viewpoint’?  Should it be as seen from a standing or sitting position, with a low horizon and lots of sky for a dramatic interpretation as in the bayside works of Rick Amor (born 1948) or, perhaps a high viewpoint...

53. JOHN KELLY The Red Cow 2001 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
27 Aug 2019
54. SIDNEY NOLAN Kelly 1964 image
By Asta Cameron
27 Aug 2019

Sidney Nolan is Australia’s greatest modernist painter and remains one of our most universally recognised artists. During his lifetime he developed an enduring reputation both in Australia and abroad with a proliferation of exhibitions in major cities across the globe. Most notable is of course...

55. ARTHUR BOYD It Says Here c1987 image
By Tim Abdallah
27 Aug 2019

The many ideas and notions explored by Arthur Boyd, and which found their way into his art, never threatened to overwhelm him. Since the early 1940s when he was still a young man and unknown artist, he had looked for ways to give depth to his thoughts by taking an omnivorous approach to stimuli...

By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
27 Aug 2019

Dominating the vast majority of his oeuvre, John Kelly’s cow paintings and sculptures were originally inspired by William Dobell’s (1899-1970) creation of papier-mâché cows during World War II, deployed as camouflage around defence bases as a strategy to deceive enemy aircraft.

‘When...

57. JOHN BRACK The Conflict 1959-60 image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
27 Aug 2019

As suggested by its title, The Conflict 1959-60 arose from a turbulent period in the history of modern Australian art.  In August 1959, John Brack participated in the now-legendary Antipodeans exhibition at the Victorian Artists’ Society, Melbourne, appearing alongside Arthur...

58. ROBERT DICKERSON The Wedding Anniversary IMAGE
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
27 Aug 2019

Robert Dickerson was an independent, self-taught artist and his idiosyncratic art is mostly drawn from autobiographical moments and memories. His images of displaced people, clowns, geishas, children and sportsmen ‘strike a chord in the Australian psyche’.1 His art is characterised by...

MARGARET OLLEY Mandarins in a Green Bowl image
By Christopher Allen
20 Jul 2019

Written by Christopher Allen | Columnist | The Australian | 20 July, 2019

Margaret Olley’s extravagantly coloured still-life paintings were embraced by her audience at a time when abstraction was on the rise and painting as an art form was in decline. Olley’s richly...

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