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22. FRED WILLIAMS Untitled (Lysterfield Series) image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
29 May 2019

Having spent five years in London, Fred Williams returned to Australia in December 1956 to immerse himself in a landscape familiar in its strangeness.1 In dramatic contrast to the picturesque greenery of the English countryside, Williams observed an Australian landscape that was brown...

23. TOM ROBERTS Pizzo dei Piani image
By menzies
29 May 2019

Tom Roberts painted Pizzo dei Piani in 1913 while staying in Italy with friends near Lake Como, in the country’s North. The lake and the surrounding countryside and Alpine scenery which are the feature of this painting were the subject of a series of works exhibited at Walker’s Art Gallery, 118...

24. JOHN PERCEVAL After the Bushfire image
By Anonymous
29 May 2019

After the Bushfire 1957 belongs to John Perceval’s most exciting artistic period and marks a significant shift in his oeuvre. The late 1950s saw the culmination of his career coming to fruition and his most interesting stage, producing oils that are alive with ‘wild untrammelled joy’....

25. ARTHUR BOYD Woman Bathing in a Waterfall (Susanna and the Elders) image
By menzies
29 May 2019

Throughout his oeuvre, Arthur Boyd made use of allegorical themes to make comments on universal concepts of love, vanity, racism, poverty, war and death. In the present work, Boyd interprets the story of Susanna and the Elders, from the Old Testament Book of Daniel which recounts the dramatic...

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...

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