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Art Reviews

46. ROVER THOMAS (JULAMA) Cyclone Tracy - Willy Willy 1995 image
By Adrian Newstead
24 Oct 2018

Acclaimed as a cultural leader and the seminal figure in establishing the East Kimberley School, Rover Thomas holds a primary place in the history of the Aboriginal art movement. However, he did not begin painting until in his fifties, having spent forty years as a stockman, droving cattle...

47. EMILY KAME KNGWARREYE Earth’s Creation II 1995 image
By Adrian Newstead
24 Oct 2018

During a painting career that lasted just eight years, octogenarian Emily Kame Kngwarreye carved an enduring presence in the history of Australian art. By the time she passed away in September 1996, she was an artistic superstar, having created one of the most significant artistic legacies of...

48. ARTHUR BOYD Wimmera image
By Marguerite Brown MA - Art Curatorship
24 Oct 2018

Arthur Boyd’s creative oeuvre encompasses a range of different themes and modes of expression. From symbolically charged allegorical paintings, to naturalistic landscapes that respond to Australia’s varied terrain – this diversity is integral to the rich artistic legacy left in Boyd’s wake....

49. CHARLES BLACKMAN Schoolgirl and Buildings c1952-53 image
By Anonymous
24 Oct 2018

Fear it has faded and the night.
The bells all peal the hour of nine.
Schoolgirls hastening through the light
Touch the unknowable divine.

John Shaw Neilson Schoolgirls Hastening

The first truly unique visions to emerge in his painting...

50. RICK AMOR The Absence of Philosophy 2001-02 image
By Ken Wach
24 Oct 2018

So often a sense of mystery emanates from the paintings of Rick Amor. During an interview published in Melbourne’s The Age newspaper the noted photographer Bill Henson made an interesting observation: “Meaning comes from feeling not the other way around.”1 Henson got it right...

51. JOHN KELLY First Past the Post-Modern 1998 image
By Anonymous
24 Oct 2018

John Kelly burst onto the international art scene in 1999 when his bronze sculpture, Cow Up a Tree 1999 was selected to be displayed on the Champs-Elysées in Paris as part of an international exhibition of fifty sculptures celebrating the end of the...

52. DAVID LARWILL Just Following Orders 2005 image
By Gavin Fry
24 Oct 2018

In a working career of just three decades, David Larwill managed to carve out an important place for himself in Australian art. His work was full of energy, enthusiasm, whimsy and imagination with a naïve sense of fun that belied his intense interest and deep knowledge of the art of the past. A...

53. CHARLES BLACKMAN Girl Combing Her Hair c1951 image
By menzies
24 Oct 2018

Charles Blackman (1928-2018) was one of the most significant Australian artists of the twentieth century, rising to prominence in the 1950s for his expressive and lyrical figurative art. During this decade, he became a vital member of the creative community, including as part of the Heide Circle...

54. MARGARET OLLEY (1923-2011) Everlasting Daisies 1974 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
24 Oct 2018

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...

55. MICHAEL JOHNSON Italian Pink (also known as Spanish Visitor) 1988 image
By Gavin Fry
24 Oct 2018

Michael Johnson is perhaps the most steadfast abstractionist in Australian art, so it is all the more surprising that he started his long and distinguished career as a commercial artist. His father Percy had worked before and during world war two as an illustrator, specialising in black and...

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