John Peart ‘Shoot point’

Shoot point 1967, whose acquisition was generously supported by James C Sourris, AM, is a major work from a pivotal point in Peart’s career, and an important addition to the Gallery’s holdings of 1960s Australian painting. John Peart displayed remarkable artistic talent from very early in his life. Born in Brisbane in 1945, Peart commenced…

The banana cutters, a rare figurative work by Margaret Olley

The banana cutters, a rare figurative work by the much loved Australian artist Margaret Olley is an intriguing and valuable addition to our Collection. Working in the second half of the twentieth century, Olley made traditional still life and interior subjects uniquely her own. It was in Brisbane in the 1960s that she first established…

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

A watercolour by Conrad Martens was acquired recently at auction with funds generously donated by the Honourable John C Moore, AO. The work 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…

Everywhen, Everywhere

The Gallery’s Indigenous Australian Art gallery at the Queensland Art Gallery houses a range of works by artists from across the country and across time. When we engage in time-based discussions about the Dreaming, WEH Stanner’s concept of the ‘everywhen’ is useful, unifying and inclusive. ‘One cannot “fix” the Dreaming in time: it was, and…

Albert and Vincent Namatjira

This work by Vincent Namatjira, a member of one of Australia’s most well-known artistic families, can be displayed beside the painting that inspired it, and will enrich the ongoing importance of its famous subject. Vincent Namatjira is one of the leading lights of the emerging generation of artists from remote central Australia. Namatjira is a…

Tyza Stewart ‘Untitled’

These works, recently acquired for the Collection with the generous support of Alex and Kitty Mackay, illustrate the processes, and challenges, of the artist’s gender modification. The works will feature in ‘GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art’, opening 11 July 2015. As a young teen, Tyza Stewart was frequently preoccupied with a desire to be a…