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56. FRED CRESS (1938-2009) The Last Picnic 1999 image
By Gavin Fry
24 Oct 2018

Fred Cress was one of Australia’s most respected and successful artists, but in a practical sense he was an international artist who, like a migratory ocean bird, made his home on both sides of the world according to the seasons. Half the year he enjoyed the urban life of summertime...

25. ETHEL CARRICK FOX Choosing a Bouquet c1930 image
By Anonymous
11 Jul 2018

Ethel Carrick Fox was an immensely successful artist in the first half of the twentieth century, exhibiting widely in Australia, England and France for almost fifty years. She was an active member of the creative community. For instance, she was made a Sociétaire of the Salon d’Automne in 1911,...

26. ARTHUR BOYD Pink Shoalhaven Landscape image
By Gavin Fry
11 Jul 2018

The life and career of Arthur Boyd has been celebrated in countless exhibitions and documented in biographies, catalogues and journal articles going back to the early 1950s. The lives and influence of the wider Boyd family is the stuff of Australian legend and in that story Arthur sits at the...

27. CHARLES BLACKMAN Reflections 1958 image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
11 Jul 2018

For an entire generation of creatively minded Australians in the early 1960s, London was the place to be.  Offering a heady fusion of post-war counterculture and consumerism, the city was yet to cede its position to New York as the global centre of Western art.  In the decade between 1955...

28. SIDNEY NOLAN Untitled (Mrs. Reardon & Child) 1946 image
By Anonymous
11 Jul 2018

Sidney Nolan’s standing as Australia’s pre-eminent modernist painter is unchallenged – a status confirmed most recently by the reception of the major survey exhibition curated by Barry Pearce in 2007 for the Art Gallery of New South Wales. While immensely productive throughout a long career, the...

29. GARRY SHEAD Tango Lesson image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
11 Jul 2018

The art historian Sasha Grishin describes Garry Shead as ‘precocious, talented and provocative’; the artist belongs to the generation of figurative painters who rose to prominence in the 1960s – a time when American-inspired abstraction dominated the Sydney art scene. Like his contemporaries...

30. DEL KATHRYN BARTON even if it means the end of you 2010 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
11 Jul 2018

Del Kathryn Barton’s art has rapidly come to the attention of both Australian and international audiences over the last decade. Her meteoric rise into the upper stratosphere of Australian art has seen her become one of this country’s most recognisable and collectible artists. In 2017, Barton...

31. TIM STORRIER The Waterline (Log + Stars) 1999 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
11 Jul 2018

Edmund Capon remarks upon the inexplicably Australian sense which Tim Storrier’s paintings evoke, the strong sense of place which is contained within the vocabulary of his paintings, ‘they could not, I believe, have come from any country other than Australia’.1 The sense of space, low horizons...

32. ARTHUR BOYD Bride Dreaming by a Pool c1961 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
11 Jul 2018

Bride Dreaming by a Pool c1960 is a little-known painting from an important period of Arthur Boyd’s career. This sensuously painted work has only recently come to light. It provides a valuable bridge between the first paintings Boyd did on the bride theme in Australia during the 1950s...

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