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52. RICK AMOR The Silence 2001 image
By menzies
28 May 2019

Amor’s paintings have a distinctive mood – an autumnal wistfulness. They often present a  world  that  is  haunted rather than peopled and they always seem to be created by     a displaced witness – a Hitchcockian suspense pervades his paintings. Furthermore there is...

53. SIDNEY NOLAN Hanged Crucifix 1979 image
By menzies
28 May 2019

In 1980 the Rudy Komon Gallery in Sydney exhibited twenty- three Kelly paintings which were executed by Sidney Nolan in 1979 for an exhibition that was to coincide with the centenary of Ned Kelly’s death in 1880. The series, of which the present work formed a part,...

54. ARTHUR BOYD Metamorphosis image
By menzies
28 May 2019

Metamorphosis belongs to the highly important series of paintings produced by Arthur Boyd after leaving Australia for England in 1959. Success in Australia meant that Boyd and his family could make the trip, and he arrived in England supported by letters of...

55. MARGARET OLLEY Kitchen Table image
By menzies
28 May 2019

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...

56. ARTHUR BOYD Suffolk Landscape image
By menzies
28 May 2019

The life and career of Arthur Boyd neatly spans most of the twentieth century, from his birth just after the end of the Great War until his death on the eve of the new century. Committed to the life of the artist from childhood, he achieved a unique place in...

57. EDWIN TANNER The Board of Directors image
By menzies
28 May 2019

Edwin Tanner began his working life at the Port Kembla steelworks in New South Wales, before qualifying as a civil engineer.1 Tanner’s early interests were manifold and extended to cycling, mathematics, aeronautics, classical music, poetry and analytic...

58. CHARLES BLACKMAN Girl at Table c1985 image
By menzies
28 May 2019

Charles Blackman strode on to the  international  stage  with  the Whitechapel Gallery’s 1961 exhibition, Recent Australian Painting, in which ‘a hothouse of geniuses suddenly stepped on to the pages of history.’1

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59. SIDNEY NOLAN Face 1979 image
By menzies
28 May 2019

It is indeed a simple image made by a famous painter; one that situates the dilemma of all painters as they reach out into the world. Is it a mask that they hide behind? In Face 1979, Sidney Nolan toys with his lifelong image of the Ned Kelly mask. He moves it from the stuff of myth, to...

60. ARTHUR BOYD Figure in Landscape 1972 image
By menzies
28 May 2019

In 1970 Arthur Boyd had completed the Nebuchadnezzar series, one of the defining groups of paintings in this distinguished artist’s career. These large brightly coloured and fundamentally literary works sharply contrast with equally important landscapes, some with figures, which Boyd produced in...

13. ARTHUR STREETON Olinda Landscape image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
27 Feb 2019

Although the various well known localities on the fringes of Melbourne, such as Templestowe and the Yarra Valley, had been subjects for Streeton since his earliest days as a painter, his extended series of paintings of the hilly, timbered scenery of the Dandenongs, particularly Olinda, began in...

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