Vale: Sydney Ball

We farewell Adelaide-born abstract painter Sydney Ball (1933–2017), who passed away in March. Ball moved to New York in 1962 where, through his studies, he was exposed to the rise of Abstract Expressionism, rubbing shoulders with Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning. Returning to Australia three years later, he…

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,…

Inventive colour: The art of Grace Cossington Smith

Grace Cossington Smith (1892–1984) was one of the most inventive colour painters to emerge from Australia’s first wave of modernism in the early decades of the twentieth century. After growing up in Sydney’s northern suburbs, in 1914 Cossington Smith moved with her family to the Turramurra residence that would become her lifelong home and the…

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…