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26. CHARLES BLACKMAN The Insect’s Garden image
By menzies
29 May 2019

Flowers are a recurring motif in the art of Charles Blackman from the earliest days of the Alice in Wonderland series. In the Alice paintings they teeter in overly large vases, dominating the table and those sitting around it. They create an artificial landscape as mad and contrary as the story...

27. TIM STORRIER The Blue Plain image
By menzies
29 May 2019

The Blue Plain is part of an ongoing series of works bringing together many of the fundamental motifs in the art of Tim Storrier. For decades he has produced work which sets out to do nothing more, and nothing less, than to define a fundamental need, the creation of works of art that...

28. LIN ONUS Fish and Ripple - Dingo Springs I image
By menzies
29 May 2019

In an increasingly uneasy and splintering Australia, Lin Onus has, in his two serene paintings Fish and Ripple - Dingo Springs I and II created a peaceable kingdom, a tranquil oasis (or billabong in this case) of refuge and calm. He was a self-taught painter, but hardly naive,...

29. LIN ONUS Fish and Ripple - Dingo Springs II image
By menzies
29 May 2019

In an increasingly uneasy and splintering Australia, Lin Onus has, in his two serene paintings Fish and Ripple - Dingo Springs I and II created a peaceable kingdom, a tranquil oasis (or billabong in this case) of refuge and calm. He was a self-taught painter, but hardly naive,...

30. BRETT WHITELEY Still Life with Banana image
By menzies
29 May 2019

Brett Whiteley’s sensuous, light-filled interior and still life paintings produced in Sydney during the mid-to-late 1970s represent a high point in the formidable oeuvre of this revered Australian artist. Menzies has been fortunate to present two of the most important of these paintings over the...

31. FRED WILLIAMS Werribee Gorge II image
By menzies
29 May 2019

One of the most remarkable things about Williams’s paintings, such as his large and adroitly executed Werribee Gorge II of 1978, is that, despite seeming to be made up of various smudges, daubs and dabs of pigment, they convince the viewer that his non-naturalistic pictorial depictions capture...

32. HOWARD ARKLEY Deluxe Setting image
By menzies
29 May 2019

Deluxe Setting, first shown in Howard Arkley’s Mix ’n Match exhibition at Tolarno Galleries in South Yarra in November 1992, marks yet another critical juncture in a career full of dramatic shifts and changes. Recycling a composition from Frances Joslin Gold’s Instant Decorator, a 1970s...

33. IAN FAIRWEATHER Composition V image
By menzies
29 May 2019

Ian Fairweather was born on Tuesday 29 September in 1891 at Bridge of Allan in Stirlingshire in Scotland, the youngest of nine children. His father James, “a man of the most perfect temper”, was educated at Edinburgh University, became a Surgeon Major and Deputy Surgeon-General and worked for...

34. RUPERT BUNNY On the Landing image
By menzies
29 May 2019

The heady artistic atmosphere of fin de siècle Paris captivated the young Rupert Bunny, when he moved there in 1886 as a twenty-four year old art student. By the late 1880s Bunny’s sociable nature was well known and earned him a place in artistic circles that included some of the creative giants...

35. ARTHUR STREETON The Rialto image
By menzies
29 May 2019

In 1907, Arthur Streeton returned to Australia from England having lived there since 1897, working and exhibiting his art. He held a successful exhibition of his paintings at Hibernian Hall in Melbourne, with sales totalling a respectable two thousand pounds. Some of...

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