The excitement of romance

With Cupid in mind, we look at two works from QAGOMA’s collection with romance as their underlying subject – at the Gallery we believe that love conquers all barriers – and that is the way it should be. Arthur Boyd: The lady and the unicorn portfolio Arthur Boyd’s etchings for The lady and the unicorn…

Arthur Boyd, Australia 1920-1999 / The lady and the unicorn (portfolio) 1975

The Lady and the Unicorn, a story of love and betrayal

The series The Lady and the Unicorn 1975 are powerful and dreamlike etchings by Arthur Boyd (1920–99) which reveal his mastery of the medium couched in a story of love and betrayal. Boyd is celebrated for his paintings, but he is also recognised as a significant and innovative printmaker. Some of his best series were…

Noel McKenna, Australia b.1956 / Butterflies of Australia 2010

Australia ordered by Noel McKenna

Welcome to Noel McKenna’s ‘Map’ series where instinct meets a most personal experience. Born and educated in Brisbane and now based in Sydney, McKenna is one of Australia’s most industrious and idiosyncratic artists. With a busy career spanning more than 30 years, his work is admired for its spare brushstrokes and poignant observations. McKenna’s maps…

Alick Tipoti, Kala Lagaw Ya people, Australia b.1975 / Kudusur 2017

Watch Alick Tipoti create his mural ‘Kudusur’

‘Kudusur’ translates as ‘poling with elbow’. This work is Alick Tipoti’s interpretation of the spiritual ancestors, Thoegay and Kang, know to his people as the Zugubal. Thoegay and Kang are two brothers, who extend their elbows and use them as paddles for their canoe. Keen-sighted Thoegay sits at the front, and Kang is blind and sits at…

Noel McKenna, Australia b.1956 / Big Things, Australia 2004

Noel McKenna maps Australia

As a career artist since the early 1980s, Noel McKenna has honed what is best described as an idiosyncratic vision in paint, print and the occasional ceramic. Those who are already aware of his practice will know that his regular subjects include napping pets, cats and dogs begging for food at the table, watchful birds,…