Sidney Nolan, Australia 1917-1992 / Platypus Bay, Fraser Island 1947

Sidney Nolan’s Platypus Bay, Fraser Island is a dreamlike landscape

Sidney Nolan’s Platypus Bay, Fraser Island 1947 (illustrated) is an important work from this series, one of the works from Nolan’s 1948 exhibition at Brisbane’s Moreton Galleries, it allows QAGOMA to tell, in greater depth, the significant part that the state played in Nolan’s artistic development. In July 1947, Nolan travelled to Brisbane, eager to…

Richard Stringer: A gift of works

The recent gift of 25 photographs by Queensland artist Richard Stringer, which are included in the current exhibition ‘Pleasure of Place: Photographs by Richard Stringer’, makes a splendid addition to the existing ten works held in the Gallery’s Collection. ‘Pleasure of Place’ on display at the Queensland Art Gallery until Sunday 16 March explores the varied subjects…

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,…