Charles Blackman, Australia b.1928, Barnes Auto Brisbane 1952

Charles Blackman’s connection to Brisbane

After resigning from journalism cadetship at the Sydney Sun, Charles Blackman hitchhiked to Brisbane in early 1948 for his first visit. He met the young artists of the Miya Studio, including Laurence Hope, Don Savage, and Laurence Collinson, and the closely affiliated group of Barjai writers, including Barrett Reid, and, most significantly, Barbara Patterson. Blackman’s…

Conrad Martens: ‘The bark hut on the plain, Darling Downs, Qld’

A watercolour by Conrad Martens was acquired at auction provides new insights and connections to the colonial history of Queensland’s Darling Downs. In late 1851 the Sydney-based painter Conrad Martens (1801–78) arrived in Brisbane from Sydney via sea, and for the next few months travelled on horseback across the Great Dividing Range to the Darling…