Church interior

Church interior depicts Grace Cossington Smith’s family place of worship, St James’s Anglican Church in Turramurra, Sydney. The painting alludes to the impact of the Second World War on the home front by the absence of men of enlistment age in the congregation. Church interior exhibits the pure, singing quality of her finest paintings and…

Aboriginal still life

Margaret Preston returned to Australia from Europe in 1919 determined to develop a modern and distinctly national art. Indigenous art was integral to her campaign and, after 1932, when she moved to Berowra in the Hawkesbury Basin near Sydney and encountered local rock art, she embraced its restricted palette and geometric forms. Her appreciation of…

Inge King and Bea Maddock: Respected figures in Australian art

The recent passing of Inge King, AM, and Bea Maddock, AM, saw the loss of two significant and highly respected figures in Australian art. We commemorate these great women in the Collection. Inge King Ingeborg Viktoria (Inge) King, AM, (1915–2016) was a leading non-figurative sculptor in Australia for more than five decades. Born in Berlin,…

Strength, fragility, trauma and resolve

The Gallery is pleased to be able to display Archibald prize winner Ben Quilty’s striking portrait Sergeant P, after Afghanistan 2012, in time for reflection this ANZAC Day. The portrait was acquired through the 2014 Foundation Appeal with generous support from Foundation members and donors, including a lead donation from the Returned & Services League…

Cosmos

We profile ‘Cosmos’, the last of our five ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ chapters joining past blogs on ‘Sweetmelt’, ‘Blackwater’, ‘Soaring’, and ‘Treasure’  Imagine the journey of an ancient serpent Bending and rewriting space and time Imagine you are high above the earth, leaving this atmosphere heading into the stars Imagine you are a…