Tag Archives: Australian art

Crossing from one gallery to the next

Brisbane no longer has one art gallery. In an adjoining building, was the modern art gallery of more than ten years, The Goma. This one seemed to excite the many students visiting the gallery far more than the subdued original site. Continue reading Crossing from one gallery to the next

A disgruntled painter?

I never miss a rare visit to Brisbane’s art gallery. It’s right on the Brisbane River opposite the city, next to Southbank. My favourite wander is past Aboriginal art, particularly traditional works that rely on earth colours. While displays change every visit, I savour my trips. Continue reading A disgruntled painter?

A wander through Paradise Garden

I was ready to leave Melbourne’s State Theatre after seeing the Arthur Boyd collection, until I rounded a corner on to Sidney Nolan’s Paradise Garden. Continue reading A wander through Paradise Garden

A State Theatre treasure

One of my all time favourite Australian artists has always been Arthur Boyd. On a previous visit to Melbourne, there had been a special exhibition of his Bride Series at the Heide. Continue reading A State Theatre treasure

Sydney Nolan

One of Australian artist, Sydney Nolan’s most famous series was his Ned Kelly paintings. As I wandered through the Reed’s original home which made up part of the Heidi Museum of Modern Art, I came across one from the series hiding in the library. Continue reading Sydney Nolan

Albert Tucker

The Heidi Modern Art Museum in Bulleen, just outside Melbourne, had a small section on Albert Tucker whose work had a distinct Australian feel. The colours bled of the Australian landscape. From the gum trees, I could almost smell the eucalyptus oozing off the synthetic paint. Continue reading Albert Tucker

John Olsen’s Lake Eyre Series

During the 1970s, John Olsen journeyed into Central Australia with a naturalist to Lake Eyre. This remote lake below sea level was usually a dried up salt pan, but on Olsen’s trip it had rained. The area was then overrun by thousands of fish and pelicans. Continue reading John Olsen’s Lake Eyre Series

John Olsen’s Sea Paintings

After the artist spent several years in Europe, he returned to Australia. As explained in a video at the NGV exhibition, most Australians live around a saucer — from Bristbane around to Perth — following the coast. Continue reading John Olsen’s Sea Paintings

John Olsen Exhibition

This well known artist had never been near the top of my most admired Australian artists, but after viewing his exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, his work left a deep impression on me. Continue reading John Olsen Exhibition