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32. GARRY SHEAD Grande Amore image
By Gavin Wilson
04 Nov 2021

The power of love is the galvanising force in Garry Shead’s recent creation, Grande Amore. For most of the last decade, the multi-award-winning artist has immersed himself in the work of Dante Alighieri, the great Italian poet born in Florence in 1265. The force that drove Dante and...

33. ARTHUR BOYD Narcissus Running on a Sandbank 1976 image
By Alice Evatt
04 Nov 2021

Landscape, allegory, mythology: three defining characteristics of Boyd’s work come together in the present painting to create this powerful image from Boyd’s Shoalhaven period.

Boyd saw great beauty in the wild, untamed landscape surrounding the Shoalhaven, which so strongly contrasted...

34. SIDNEY NOLAN Cheetah and Zebra 1963 image
By Catherine Baxendale
04 Nov 2021

At Serengeti the great herds in migration are just like the walls of Lascaux come alive … These animals have a message for us in that they are unique – the message will become fossilized as the species die out.  One comes to view them as works which will not be...

35. ARTHUR BOYD  Fallen Nebuchadnezzar and Black Crow 1968 image
By Asta Cameron
04 Nov 2021

Arthur Boyd’s Nebuchadnezzar series of the late 1960s is one of the defining groups of paintings of his career. Following the success of his seminal Brides series in 1958-59, Boyd moved to London where he continued to create darkly mythic paintings that culminated in the ...

37. FRED WILLIAMS Tibooburra Landscape 1967 image
By BRETT BALLARD
04 Nov 2021

That Fred Williams is in the first rank of landscape painters internationally needs little discussion. To investigate Williams’ world of painting is to see an artist so deeply engaged with the subject of landscape that the boast of being-best or indeed world-class is rendered obsolete.

38. BRETT WHITELEY Harry's Building image
By Ashleigh Wilson
04 Nov 2021

Even before he moved to Lavender Bay, Brett Whiteley had felt entranced by the contours of Sydney Harbour. He grew up in Longueville, a suburb on the lower north shore—a short boat ride from his future home—and that was where he liked to play in the mangroves and explore the edges of a city that...

39. BANKSY Weston Super Mare 2003 image
By Asta Cameron
04 Nov 2021

Banksy's Weston Super Mare is one of the artist’s most well-known prints. Pictures on Walls originally published the screenprint in 2003 in an edition of 750, with only the first 150 copies signed, including the present example. It depicts an elderly citizen sitting blissfully...

67. WILLIAM DOBELL The Highands, New Guinea image
By Asta Cameron
04 Nov 2021

Seeking to escape the public attention garnered by winning both the Archibald and Wynne Prizes for 1948, William Dobell accepted an invitation from Sir Edward Hallstrom to travel to New Guinea’s highlands. For the famously reclusive artist, it would seem an out-of-character decision to fly to a...

01. DAVID HOCKNEY Pool Made with Paper and Blue Ink for Book 1980 image
By menzies
10 Sep 2021

As an English artist, the climate and architecture of Los Angeles was a revelation to the young David Hockney. Amidst its people and pools Hockney quickly found an artistic footing and a new subject in water. The idea of painting moving water as Hockney said, was ‘… very appealing to me … It is...

14. BANKSY 'Christ with Shopping Bags' 2004 image
By menzies
10 Sep 2021

The artist Banksy is a provocateur who uses art to make political points. His prints and paintings critique authority and take air from serious issues by stealth. Banksy uses walls as the site for new meaning and inversions. Why practise art in a studio when life is more real at street level,...

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