From this island, we look out across the sea

 

‏Telling the Story of Australian Art Your reimagined Australian Collection brings together art from different times and across cultures. After 120 years of building the Collection, there are many stories to tell of traversal and encounter, we focus on this theme as we continue with our series on Australian art. Scottish-born artist Ian Fairweather’s Lights, Darwin Harbour…

Sidney Nolan, Australia/England 1917-1992 / Mrs Fraser 1966

Sidney Nolan’s Mrs Fraser is a spectacular colonial narrative

As we take a reimagined view of the Australian Collection, we revisit Sidney Nolan’s painting Mrs Fraser and its captivating story before it returns on view. In 1947 Nolan spent an extended period in Queensland, including several weeks in Brisbane and on Fraser Island (formerly known as Great Sandy Island). In Brisbane’s John Oxley Library he…

Patricia Piccinini, Australia b.1965 / The Bond 2016

Major Patricia Piccinini exhibition to open at GOMA

The most ambitious exhibition to date of work by Patricia Piccinini will open exclusively at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in March 2018, becoming GOMA’s largest ever solo exhibition by an Australian artist. Featuring more than 50 new and recent works by the globally renowned artist, ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection‘ will include sculpture, photography, video,…

Gerhard Richter, Germany b.1932 / Ella (903-1) 2007 / Oil on canvas / Private Collection / © Gerhard Richter 2017

Gerhard Richter’s remarkable command of style and genre

For more than fifty years, Gerhard Richter has proven his remarkable command of almost every style and genre of painting. That Richter is both a figurative and abstract painter is one of the most surprising aspects of his art. His painting encompasses realism based on photographs and magazine cuttings, large-scale abstracts produced by dragging layers…

Auschar Chauncy, England/Australia b.c.1836-1877 / Portrait of Richard Edwards 1874

We all call Queensland home

Telling the Story of Australian Art Continuing our series on the Australian Collection reimagined, we can observe the changing nature of portraiture – the shift from democratic modes such as the nineteenth-century photograph, to oil paintings produced after a number of sittings and preparatory sketches. These portraits tell stories of contact between cultures, including colonial…

William Dobell, Australia 1899-1970 / The Cypriot 1940

William Dobell and Modern Mannerism

As we countdown to the opening of the Australian Collection reimagined from 10.00AM Saturday 30 September, we take a look at Wiilliam Dobell’s The Cypriot 1940, a portrait of his friend Aegus Gabrielides which is a strange and complex painting with an equally intriguing history. The Queensland Art Gallery’s painting is the last of six known…