Slide Show

Art Reviews

36. WILLIAM ROBINSON Goomoolahra with Butterfly 2003 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
27 Aug 2019

‘Living in the country everything moves – the seasons , the clouds, nothing is set. There are things behind you, all around you and you are in it.’  William Robinson

Goomoolahra with Butterfly was painted and then shown at Philip Bacon Galleries in...

37. JEFFREY SMART Near Pisa 1995 image
By Ken Wach
27 Aug 2019

Jeffrey Smart was an extremely well-travelled artist. His many road trips as a passenger (he did not drive) provided him with the opportunity to scan urban and suburban landscapes looking for strange juxtapositions, unusual events and odd placements. Such metropolitan vignettes were collected by...

38. HOWARD ARKLEY Room with Pink Chair 1998 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
27 Aug 2019

Room with Pink Chair 1998 is a late work by Howard Arkley produced at the peak of his career. With exhibitions in Los Angeles and Venice just around the corner and major commissions planned for the National Gallery of Victoria and National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Arkley was...

39. ARTHUR BOYD Bride and Bridegroom with Rainbow 1960 image
By Ken Wach
27 Aug 2019

Arthur Boyd never wore a belt because he believed that it would restrict his circulation. Even such a small detail says something about his essential difference from others. His Christian Science upbringing was fundamental and it instilled in him a strong work ethic and a self-belief that...

40. SIDNEY NOLAN Kelly and Horse c1964-65 image
By Ken Wach
27 Aug 2019

Sidney Nolan is universally regarded as Australia’s foremost modernist artist. Famed for his prodigious output in a career that spanned over five decades, there is no question that his most celebrated creation remains his paintings on the subject of Australia’s most notorious bushranger Ned...

41. JEFFREY SMART Campbell Street 1963 image
By Ken Wach
27 Aug 2019

Smart’s was an observational aesthetic. He presented ‘freeze frame’ mental snapshots captured while scanning the urban environment. These images, unusual events and odd placements were then carefully arranged into compositions in his studio. Smart’s compositions are always arresting and...

42. EMILY KAME KNGWARREYE My Country 1994 image
By Adrian Newstead
27 Aug 2019

Emily Kame Kngwarreye began painting at the age of seventy-nine and in just eight years completed no less than four thousand works of art yet she never went to art school, never looked through art books and rarely went to galleries.  Her first experience of serious painting was the making of...

43. JUDY WATSON NAPANGARDI Women’s Dreaming 1995 image
By Asta Cameron
27 Aug 2019

Judy Watson Napangardi is a Warlpiri artist who was born at Yarungkanji on Mt. Doreen Station, a cattle station northwest of Alice Springs. Warlpiri country is located in the Tanami Desert, and this is where Judy spent most of her life, embracing the traditional nomadic lifestyle of the Warlpiri...

44. TIM STORRIER Incendiary Dawn 2005 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
27 Aug 2019

‘One evening in 1981, Storrier stuck a couple of steel posts into some arid clayish earth and strung a rope between them. Then he went to the back of his ute, found a tin of lacquer, coated the rope and set it alight. He says he can’t remember why he decided to do it and has no idea where the...

45. CHARLES BLACKMAN Mr Rabbit Reads to Alice c1980 image
By Tessa Dorman MA Art History and Theory
27 Aug 2019

Dear, dear! How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is...

Pages