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…

Vibrant and distinctive: The art of Margaret Preston

Recognised and admired for her vibrant and distinctive art, Margaret Preston (1875–1963) possessed an equally colourful personality, and was described by one associate as ‘the natural enemy of the dull’. After committing to a career as an artist from an early age, Preston completed her academic training in Melbourne and Adelaide before spending two lengthy…

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…

Elegant and innovative: The art of Georgia O’Keeffe

Acknowledged as one of America’s most significant twentieth-century artists, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) is admired around the world for her elegant and innovative modernist paintings. O’Keeffe grew up on a farm near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and as a child received art lessons at home. By the time she graduated from high school in 1905 she was…

Treasure

As ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ featuring over 250 contemporary artworks from brand-new immersive works to large-scale visitor favourites draws to a close this weekend , we continue with our second last chapter profile – ‘Treasure’. Imagine your hand holding a treasure passing it on Imagine a small happy hand holding this treasure…

Student voices: Ideas, methods and inspiration

The annual ‘Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art’ has opened at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). Watch five artists express their ideas, methods of working and inspiration. Hear first-hand why the Awards play such an important role for the art teaching community across Queensland, and the unique privilege that students feel to have…