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34. MARGARET OLLEY Kitchen Cupboard with Pomegranates c1979
By Asta Cameron
03 Mar 2022

Kitchen Cupboard with Pomegranates c1979 was undoubtedly painted in Margaret Olley’s home in Duxford Street, Paddington, where she lived and worked from 1964 until her death. While the paintings produced there are perfectly balanced aesthetic compositions, photographs reveal a cluttered...

By Anonymous
02 Mar 2022

This forceful image, which transforms the intangible emotional world into a dreamlike reality, is an iconic and classical image. It is both a unique and extraordinary painting because it bridges the different eras of Blackman's oeuvre, marking a transition and laying the foundation for the ...

By Gavin Wilson
02 Mar 2022

The creators of the infamous Ern Malley literary hoax imbued their fictional character with the haunting poetic expression, ‘the black swan of trespass on alien waters.’ In October 1943, the young poets James McAuley and Harold Stewart, stationed at Victoria Barracks Sydney, sent a package of...

By BRETT BALLARD
02 Mar 2022

The Troopers enquired at the homestead as to whereabouts of the outlaws, but were told to ask the old man who was up bathing in the dam.1

Sidney Nolan chose these words to describe The Questioning 1947, a painting that is part of the 1946-47 suite of...

38. TIM STORRIER Boy's Own - Flight Home 2007 image
By Gavin Fry
02 Mar 2022

Five decades of creative endeavour have seen Tim Storrier rise to the very pinnacle of Australian art. He has won all the important prizes and is eagerly sought by art collectors nationwide. His work might not have found favour in high academe, but in the broad court of popular opinion he is...

By Asta Cameron
02 Mar 2022

The two major motifs Ben Quilty explores most often in art are identity in post-colonial Australia and the destructive behaviours of modern masculinity – ultimately both examinations of himself. The works of his 2014 exhibition at Galerie Allen in Paris are no exception. The exhibition, titled...

By Tim Abdallah
02 Mar 2022

Michael Johnson’s paintings depict the process of managing colour- observing its nature and exploring its depths; examining the place where areas of colour meet: ‘The edge is where the colours meet, not where the shapes change… the shape is the container for the colour.

By Clementine Retallack
02 Mar 2022

An important late work, Colour Abstract (Scene on the Harbour) 1960 encapsulates a defining moment within Dobell’s career. A keynote to his celebrated later style, the work delicately depicts the harbour at Wangi. Wangi was a special place for Dobell, initially providing refuge after...

By Gavin Wilson
02 Mar 2022

The D.H. Lawrence paintings are the expression of an intimate bond between Garry Shead and the British author - famous for Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Sons and Lovers. Lawrence’s Kangaroo, written in 1922 and set in Australia, was inspiration for a highly personal and...

By Tim Abdallah
02 Mar 2022

Robert Dickerson was born and raised in the inner Sydney suburb of Hurstville. He left school at the age of fourteen to work in a factory and for a time was also a professional boxer. In 1940 he joined the RAAF and served in Darwin and the Islands north of Australia before returning to factory...

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