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41. ARTHUR BOYD Aeroplane, Riverbank and Carcass 1979 image
By Caroline Jones MA (Art Admin.)
11 Jul 2018

Arthur Boyd’s paintings of the Shoalhaven River express the artist’s feeling for the great river and its surrounds – the scrubby banks and hills, tidal flats and the powerful ebb and flow of the water. After returning with his family from twenty-one years in England, Boyd settled just outside of...

42. CHARLES BLACKMAN An Illusion of Children 1964 image
By Anonymous
11 Jul 2018

Charles Blackman has been one of Australia’s most celebrated artists for over seventy years, establishing his reputation with his iconic Schoolgirls series (1952-1955) and then Alice in Wonderland series (1956-1957). In August 1959, he participated in Bernard Smith’s (1916-2011) landmark...

43. GARRY SHEAD The Jealous Muse (Rembrandt) 2000 image
By Anonymous
11 Jul 2018

In 1999, when Garry Shead began working on the series ‘The Artist and the Muse’, he joined a tradition of established Australian artists who, throughout their oeuvres, have paid homage to the great painters of history. Arthur Boyd’s (1920-1999) Figure by a Creek 1972, is a salute to...

44. JOHN OLSEN Chasing the Rhino 1992 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
11 Jul 2018

John Olsen is most well-known to collectors and admirers of his work as a landscape painter, depicting distinctive landforms in various stages of flux. Inherent in these depictions of the natural world is the artist’s affinity with the life forms which inhabit the landscape, bringing an energy...

45. JOHN DOHERTY Us and Them 1983 image
By Tessa Dorman MA Art History and Theory
11 Jul 2018

Irish born artist, John Doherty, is regarded internationally as one of the foremost realist artists. Early praise of his draftsmanship was closely followed by commercial success from the early age of twenty eight, from which time until now he has held a solo exhibition practically every year...

46. TIM STORRIER Altitude Landscape 1977 image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
11 Jul 2018

In 1976, Storrier travelled with fellow artist John Olsen and his dealer Stuart Purves, the Director of Australian Galleries, to Lake Eyre. It was a key moment and a revelation:

‘I was more interested in the sense of limitless space, the flatness, the utter stillness and the merging of...

47. RICK AMOR Gardens by a City 1988 image
By Anonymous
11 Jul 2018

Rick Amor turned seventy in March of this year, a milestone marking fifty years as a professional artist. After a measured start where he took on many ‘lower order’ tasks in the artistic life, including cartooning and comic book illustration, he has risen to the very pinnacle of Australian art,...

48. HUGH SAWREY A Question of Honour image
By Anonymous
11 Jul 2018

Queensland-born Hugh Sawrey painted scenes from his own life experiences; the people he met and the places he visited. During his early years, he worked as a drover and shearer throughout Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Memories from this period of his life became the...

118. EMILY KAME KNGWARREYE Yam Dreaming 1996 image
By Anonymous
11 Jul 2018

The celebrated Japanese ukiyo-e printmaker, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), described himself as an ‘old man mad about drawing.’1 Hokusai’s working life spanned seven decades.  At the age of seventy, the artist embarked upon his magnum opus, the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, which...

122. EMILY KAME KNGWARREYE Wet Season 1993 image
By Anonymous
11 Jul 2018

Emily Kame Kngwarreye lived her entire life in one of the world’s most remote regions, an area called Utopia on the edge of the Simpson Desert, a good 230 kilometres from the already-remote Alice Springs. It was here that Kngwarreye began to paint on canvas for the first time at almost eighty...

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