Experience the Journey: Bea Maddock’s TERRA SPIRITUS…

To truly appreciate the epic work that is TERRA SPIRITUS … with a darker shade of pale 1993–98 (illustrated), you must immerse yourself and absorb this expansive installation which reaches almost 40 metres in length. This work has been described as Bea Maddock’s ‘Magnum Opus’1, indeed it is the accumulation of not only years of dedication…

Mindirr

Though quite austere, these mindirr (conical baskets) by Arnhem Land artist rgaret Rarru Garrawurra carry the cultural weight and mystery of their origins. Rarru was born in 1940 in farthest northern Arnhem Land into the Liyagawumirr people. She is one of a strong group of sisters of the renowned painter Mickey Durrng Garrawurra. During his…

Vale: Jeffrey Smart

Jeffrey Smart was Australia’s pre-eminent painter of the contemporary world. Born in Adelaide, in 1921, his first ambition was to be an architect, and though he eventually trained as an artist his love of the created environment remained. He taught art in Adelaide from 1941 until 1948, when he left Australia for London, travelling via…

Edmund Rosenstengel provided the benchmark of excellence in his field

Edmund Rosenstengel, the most highly regarded furniture maker in Brisbane from the 1920s to the 1950s, provided the benchmark of excellence in his field for several generations. This acquisition, purchased for the Collection with the generous assistance of Valmai Pidgeon, AM, is a piece that Rosenstengel made for himself. Edmund Rosenstengel (1887–1962) was born in Toowoomba,…

Watch as we clean Anthony Alder’s ‘Heron’s home’

Watch our time-lapse as Anthony Alder’s original colours are restored in Heron’s home 1895 showing the full tonal range and sharpness of colour. A final varnish layer on a finished painting has been an artistic practice for centuries. Artists often apply a transparent varnish to give saturation and their desired level of gloss to the painting,…

Marks on Hunt and Roskell’s ‘Presentation vase’

This magnificent Presentation vase 1864 is the most important example of Victorian silver in the Gallery’s Collection. Its elaborate decoration is unlike anything produced in the Australian colonies, though the beautifully cast and chased kangaroos and an emu (as well as a camel) around the base suggest that it was commissioned with an Australian connection…