Kangaroo Story at Wantapi

Kumantje Jagamara OAM (b.c.1946-2020) was one of the foremost champions of the Western Desert painting movement and a deeply respected Warlpiri/Luritja Elder and senior cultural leader of the broader Papunya community. He was a dynamic innovator of Papunya’s second wave of painters known for creating evocative new forms to portray his ancestral inheritance. In both…

Lloyd Rees: The process of observation & composition

Brisbane-born Lloyd Rees (1895–1988) is known for his fluid, light-saturated paintings of the Australian landscape in which the human figure and built environment harmonise with trees, cliffs and bodies of water. The artist is also remembered for his expert drafting skills honed over a lifetime of close observation and drawing, with a selection currently on…

Go back in time to an evening at Ghost Gully in Stanthorpe

Offering an alternative to Australia’s traditional sun-soaked image, Henry Rielly’s painting Ghost Gully evening 1894 (illustrated) suggests a somewhat melancholy sentiment, with a group of three dead trees in the middle ground and two lone Bushmen setting up camp as the darkening shadows of evening descend. The scene is set at Ghost Gully, a small…

Intimately sized plaques allude to public memorials

Indigenous Australian objects and remains were removed from their resting places and collected by museums throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In To know and possess 2021 (illustrated), which adopts the commemorative trope of the bronze plaque, Kamilaroi artist Warraba Weatherall highlights this history, and the debate that continues around repatriation, for contemporary audiences. Watch:…

Go back in time to an evening at Dutton Park in Brisbane

Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park) 1898 (illustrated) currently on display at the Queensland Art Gallery, is an accomplished work of a painter aware of the work of his Australian contemporaries Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Charles Conder. Frederick James (FJ) Martyn Roberts, born in 1871 was 27 at the time he completed Evening using…