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GARRY SHEAD Kiss of the Angel image
By Asta Cameron
10 Jun 2020

Garry Shead is one of Australia’s greatest narrative painters and one of our most celebrated living artists. After training at the National Art School in 1961-62 he briefly worked in the media as an editor, cartoonist, and filmmaker. His first...

JOHN KELLY Stored 1998 image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
10 Jun 2020

Despite having spent much of his life abroad in Ireland and the UK, John Kelly is best known for painting subjects that are distinctively Australian. In this sense Kelly has much in common with two of Australia’s most important artists of the last century, Russell Drysdale (1912-1981) and Sidney...

JOHN PERCEVAL Fishermen and their Catch, Williamstown image
By Asta Cameron
10 Jun 2020

A member of the Angry Penguins and the Antipodeans, John Perceval’s place in Australian art history is significant. His career is littered with accolades; most notably, winning the Wynne Prize in 1960 and being made an Officer of the Order of...

JOHN GLOVER Welsh Landscape image
By Anonymous
10 Jun 2020
ROBERT KLIPPEL No. 370 1982 image
By Asta Cameron
27 May 2020

Robert Klippel is recognised as Australia’s most significant sculptor. It is thus no surprise that in advance of the National Gallery of Australia opening in Canberra in 1982, Klippel was commissioned by the founding director, James Mollison, to produce a public sculpture funded by the Federal...

RICK AMOR Old Seas 2004 image
By Asta Cameron
20 May 2020

As an artist, Rick Amor is determined, meticulous and unpretentious in his public persona. After a measured start including cartooning and comic book illustration, he has risen to the very pinnacle of the Australian art world, esteemed by critics and collectors alike.

William Robinson Bush Landscape with Sunbeams image
By Anonymous
13 May 2020

…the painting simultaneously does so many different things, exquisitely orchestrated to the finest pitch, that you can feel exhilarated, drunk, as you stand before it.  You do feel intoxicated, or at least pleasurably seasick, because you are immediately plunged into...

NORMAN LINDSAY Iris c1938 image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
06 May 2020

Shown wearing little more than a headdress and silk slippers, Iris is a striking embodiment of sensuality and mystique. As with many of Norman Lindsay’s nudes, the sitter’s lack of attire does not imply her vulnerability - rather, Iris appears emboldened by the viewer’s gaze, assuming...

ROBERT DICKERSON Punters 1968 image
By Asta Cameron
29 Apr 2020

Born and raised in Depression-era Sydney, Robert Dickerson was no stranger to adversity; a trait evident in the melancholy, gaunt faces of the characters in his paintings. From a young age he drew compulsively, usually warships and aircraft, but his attention was drawn elsewhere as he grew older...

Garry Shead Dante's Vision 2019 image
By Anonymous
22 Apr 2020

Dante's Vision

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri is universally accepted to be one of the greatest works of Western literature. Written as an epic poem in 14th-century Italy, it is an imaginative vision of the afterlife and traces the journey of Dante...

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