Dick Watkins ‘The Mooche’

A generous gift to the Collection from James C Sourris, AM, this jazz-titled, lozenge-shaped canvas by Australian artist Dick Watkins ‘oozes 1960s cool and vitality’. In the 1968 catalogue for the landmark exhibition ‘The Field’, Royston Harpur identified The Mooche 1968 by Dick Watkins as ‘the outstanding painting’ in the exhibition.1 Curator Brian Finemore and…

Brook Andrew: ‘TIME’

Brook Andrew is a leading Australian contemporary artist who over the past 20 years has developed an interdisciplinary practice that encompasses photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound and installation. His work has consistently engaged with and elaborated on the potent themes of colonialism and post-colonialism, cultural difference, sexuality, the role of language in determining historical and contemporary…

Rosalie Gascoigne’s ‘Overland’ recalls a patchwork landscape

Overland, a wonderful work by Rosalie Gascoigne entered the Gallery’s collection as an exceptional gift, given in memory of Rosalie and Ben Gascoigne, her husband. Gascoigne is among the most highly regarded Australian artists of recent history. Coming to art somewhat later in life — only holding her first exhibition in 1974 at the age…

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 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…