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Joel Elenberg image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
28 May 2015

Profile 1, 1978, is one of Joel Elenberg’s most accomplished and elegant works. Slender, elongated and acquiescent, this work featured prominently in Elenberg’s breakout exhibition held at the prestigious Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, in October 1978. It has become part of a select group of...

Rover Thomas image
By Adrian Newstead
28 May 2015

Rover Thomas began painting in his fifties, after a lifetime working in the pastoral industry. He had been a drover, pushing cattle across the vast expanses of the Kimberley and northern Queensland, from Wyndham to Mount Isa and the Channel Country. ‘I been all over, me,’ he would say, when...

EMILY KAME KNGWARREYE image
By Adrian Newstead
28 May 2015

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...

Arthur Boyd image
By Marguerite Brown MA - Art Curatorship
28 May 2015

Death of a Husband is from Arthur Boyd’s seminal series Love, Marriage and Death of a Half-Caste, commonly known as the Brides. More than 40 paintings form this body of work, which were made over several years from 1958 onwards, and exhibited in both Australia and London. Boyd’s Brides are...

Andy Warhol image
By Ken Wach
28 May 2015

It is worth recalling that, in the popular mind, the media and in the public Press, Pablo Picasso dominated the first half of the twentieth century just as assuredly as Andy Warhol dominated the second.

With this in mind Warhol’s Head After Picasso of 1985 presents a unique opportunity to...

Fred Williams image
By Ken Wach
28 May 2015

In 1968, the National Gallery of Victoria held its inaugural exhibition at its new location in St. Kilda Road, Southbank. The impressive new gallery, designed by the leading architect Roy Grounds (1905-1981), was opened by Sir Henry Bolte (1908-1990) on the evening of Tuesday 20 August 1968. The...

Bronwyn Oliver image
By admin
28 May 2015

When the ideas, the formal elements and the medium all work together a sculpture will ‘sing’ with a kind of rightness. It takes on a life, a presence, which is removed from this world. It belongs to a mythical other life without a place in time.1

By Ken Wach
28 May 2015

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...

By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
28 May 2015

Sidney Nolan’s Sandstorm, 1985, is an impressively scaled and highly individualistic painting that comprises three oil on canvas panels. Conceived as a thematic installation work, the triptych was exhibited together with four other multi-panel works at the S. H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney in 1986....

Garry Shead image
By Professor Sasha Grishin
28 May 2015

The Royal Touch was painted in the same year as Ceremony,1 in 1996. The two paintings are of identical dimensions and are two very significant paintings in Garry Shead’s Royal Suite series. Both are set against the dusty red earth of central Australia, with Uluru somewhere on the...

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