An unspoken story: Ben Quilty’s ‘Sergeant P, after Afghanistan’

This extraordinary portrait, Sergeant P, after Afghanistan 2012 by Ben Quilty, one of Australia’s acclaimed contemporary artists, tells an often unspoken story of modern military conflict. In 2011, Archibald Prize-winning artist Quilty reached a serious turning-point in his career when he was offered a commission by the Australian War Memorial to fill the role of official…

Sidney Nolan, Australia 1917-1992 / Platypus Bay, Fraser Island 1947

Sidney Nolan’s Platypus Bay, Fraser Island is a dreamlike landscape

The purchase of Sidney Nolan’s Platypus Bay, Fraser Island 1947 adds an important work from this series to the Collection. One of the works from Nolan’s 1948 exhibition at Brisbane’s Moreton Galleries, it allows the Queensland Art Gallery to tell, in greater depth, the significant part that the state played in Nolan’s artistic development. In…

Richard Stringer: A gift of works

The recent gift of 25 photographs by Queensland artist Richard Stringer, which are included in the current exhibition ‘Pleasure of Place: Photographs by Richard Stringer’, makes a splendid addition to the existing ten works held in the Gallery’s Collection. ‘Pleasure of Place’ on display at the Queensland Art Gallery until Sunday 16 March explores the varied subjects…

Mindirr

Though quite austere, these mindirr (conical baskets) by Arnhem Land artist rgaret Rarru Garrawurra carry the cultural weight and mystery of their origins. Rarru was born in 1940 in farthest northern Arnhem Land into the Liyagawumirr people. She is one of a strong group of sisters of the renowned painter Mickey Durrng Garrawurra. During his…

Vale: Jeffrey Smart

Jeffrey Smart was Australia’s pre-eminent painter of the contemporary world. Born in Adelaide, in 1921, his first ambition was to be an architect, and though he eventually trained as an artist his love of the created environment remained. He taught art in Adelaide from 1941 until 1948, when he left Australia for London, travelling via…