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54. MARGARET OLLEY (1923-2011) Everlasting Daisies 1974 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
24 Oct 2018

Margaret Olley is one of Australia’s most well-renowned painters of the still-life subject. Her legacy to Australian art history is significant and her characteristic interior scenes are highly regarded and collected worldwide. Throughout her long and successful career, the still life was the...

55. MICHAEL JOHNSON Italian Pink (also known as Spanish Visitor) 1988 image
By Gavin Fry
24 Oct 2018

Michael Johnson is perhaps the most steadfast abstractionist in Australian art, so it is all the more surprising that he started his long and distinguished career as a commercial artist. His father Percy had worked before and during world war two as an illustrator, specialising in black and...

56. FRED CRESS (1938-2009) The Last Picnic 1999 image
By Gavin Fry
24 Oct 2018

Fred Cress was one of Australia’s most respected and successful artists, but in a practical sense he was an international artist who, like a migratory ocean bird, made his home on both sides of the world according to the seasons. Half the year he enjoyed the urban life of summertime...

25. ETHEL CARRICK FOX Choosing a Bouquet c1930 image
By Anonymous
11 Jul 2018

Ethel Carrick Fox was an immensely successful artist in the first half of the twentieth century, exhibiting widely in Australia, England and France for almost fifty years. She was an active member of the creative community. For instance, she was made a Sociétaire of the Salon d’Automne in 1911,...

26. ARTHUR BOYD Pink Shoalhaven Landscape image
By Gavin Fry
11 Jul 2018

The life and career of Arthur Boyd has been celebrated in countless exhibitions and documented in biographies, catalogues and journal articles going back to the early 1950s. The lives and influence of the wider Boyd family is the stuff of Australian legend and in that story Arthur sits at the...

27. CHARLES BLACKMAN Reflections 1958 image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
11 Jul 2018

For an entire generation of creatively minded Australians in the early 1960s, London was the place to be.  Offering a heady fusion of post-war counterculture and consumerism, the city was yet to cede its position to New York as the global centre of Western art.  In the decade between 1955...

28. SIDNEY NOLAN Untitled (Mrs. Reardon & Child) 1946 image
By Anonymous
11 Jul 2018

Sidney Nolan’s standing as Australia’s pre-eminent modernist painter is unchallenged – a status confirmed most recently by the reception of the major survey exhibition curated by Barry Pearce in 2007 for the Art Gallery of New South Wales. While immensely productive throughout a long career, the...

29. GARRY SHEAD Tango Lesson image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
11 Jul 2018

The art historian Sasha Grishin describes Garry Shead as ‘precocious, talented and provocative’; the artist belongs to the generation of figurative painters who rose to prominence in the 1960s – a time when American-inspired abstraction dominated the Sydney art scene. Like his contemporaries...

30. DEL KATHRYN BARTON even if it means the end of you 2010 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
11 Jul 2018

Del Kathryn Barton’s art has rapidly come to the attention of both Australian and international audiences over the last decade. Her meteoric rise into the upper stratosphere of Australian art has seen her become one of this country’s most recognisable and collectible artists. In 2017, Barton...

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