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By Associate Professor Ken Wach
24 Feb 2016

The mid-Nineties were momentous years for James Gleeson (AM 1975; AO 1990; Hon. D. Letters, Macquarie University 1985). The present painting, his large and magisterial Landscape with Self-Portrait in Parenthesis of 1994, belongs to this significant period.

By Associate Professor Ken Wach
24 Feb 2016

There’s a wonderful thing about Rupert Bunny: his paintings always glow with a casual elegance. Looking at the unpretentious ease that emanates from the modish dignity of his well-known self-portrait in the National Gallery of Victoria reminds one of the grace and modest gentility of Bunny’s...

By Gavin Fry
24 Feb 2016

In the 1980s the doyen of Australian Art curators, Daniel Thomas, succinctly defined the art of the Southern capital as ‘Melbourne Cool’. He was making the contrast between the warmth, lightness and colour of post-war Sydney painting and the expressive restraint and intellectual discipline of...

By Associate Professor Ken Wach
24 Feb 2016

Jeffrey Smart’s Panel of Studies for Autobahn in the Black Forest of 1979 is a rare and revealing painting by one of Australia’s most successful artists.

By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
24 Feb 2016

The Shower 1984, is a relatively late example of Brett Whiteley’s much-loved theme of the female nude showering or taking a bath. Inspired by his wife and muse, Wendy, the painting displays Whiteley’s prodigious talent as a draughtsman and how he fashioned images of sensitivity and sensuality...

By Marguerite Brown MA - Art Curatorship
24 Feb 2016

In Over the Night Road (Flame & Line) Tim Storrier creates a celestial tour de force, uniting essential elements that drive some of his most well known and sought after paintings. Mastering the art of conjuring beauty while avoiding facile decoration, Storrier is noted for his unwillingness...

By Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin
24 Feb 2016

Arthur Boyd took a train journey in 1953 on the Ghan from Port Augusta in South Australia to Alice Springs and then travelled for another hundred miles by jeep into the Simpson Desert to Arltunga, a former mining community. Here for the first time he experienced the presence of the displaced...

By Associate Professor Ken Wach
24 Feb 2016

There are times when Brett Whiteley’s paintings are unusually lyrical. Certainly, Whiteley is one of Australia’s most lyrical artists, generally in the free use of his easy, languorous lines and particularly when they describe a curve, an arm, a thigh or a tree trunk. However, in paintings such...

30. GARRY SHEAD The Studio image
By Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin
24 Feb 2016

In Garry Shead’s oeuvre, the 1990s was a golden period for his art. It was a time when he attained national recognition with his D.H Lawrence series and then The Royal Suite. In 1993 he was awarded the Archibald Prize for his amazingly expressionistic portrait of Tom Thompson and his art was...

By Associate Professor Ken Wach
24 Feb 2016

Ian Fairweather is one of Australia’s most enigmatic and respected artists – special rooms of his work are set aside in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Queensland Art Gallery.  Fairweather’s paintings are also very keenly sought after and his paintings are rare as he destroyed much of his...

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