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…

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…

Vale: Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Mrs Gabori)

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art is saddened by news of the passing of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Mrs Gabori). On behalf of the family and Mornington Island Community, MiArt released the following statement overnight: Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Mrs Gabori) b.c.1924 to 11 February 2015, who was and is, a respected traditional Kaiadilt elder died peacefully surrounded by…