Ian Fairweather commemorates Margaret Olley’s visit to Bribie Island

Ian Fairweather’s cryptically titled painting MO, PB and the ti-tree was first exhibited, though not for sale, at the Macquarie Galleries, Sydney in 1965, in an acclaimed exhibition that highlighted works from the ‘Drunken Buddha’ series, as well as other recent paintings. A beautiful fabric of planes [that] tremble and fluctuate, support or oppose the…

Margaret Olley: The subject is garden flowers

Margaret Olley, towards the end of her life, became one of the most affectionately regarded of Australian artists. Her still life and interior paintings attracted wide appreciation by the public. Although she produced landscapes and townscapes in the early part of her career, interiors and flower studies effectively dominated her production. Olley’s flower paintings in…

A unique perspective on Australian Art

Across three Saturdays in July, QAGOMA hosted the Australian Art Course 2019. Presented by Angela Goddard, Director, Griffith University Art Museum, the course offered a thought-provoking look at aspects of Australian art history with QAGOMA’s Australian Art Collection as a guide and point of departure. Goddard offered a unique perspective on the Collection, exploring the…

Susan with flowers, a contemplative work by Margaret Olley

In her studio underneath Farndon, her family home in Brisbane’s Hill End, Margaret Olley completed a series of paintings of Indigenous women and men. Susan with flowers 1962 is a major work from this group, and was awarded the 1963 Finney’s Centenary Art Prize, judged by the Queensland Art Gallery’s then director Laurie Thomas. In…

Albert Namatjira, an Australian identity

William Dargie’s iconic image of Albert Namatjira has become the most identifiable image of the artist, and Ben Quilty and Vincent Namatjira have each been inspired to incorporate this original into their versions. Ben Quilty’s painting Albert 2004 features two identifiable Australian identities placed together, Namatjira, the pioneer of contemporary Indigenous Australian art, and the…

Vale: Gordon Shepherdson

QAGOMA pays tribute to Brisbane painter Gordon Shepherdson (1934–2019) who passed away in July – an enduring presence in the local art community over many decades, Shepherdson was known for his unique approach to expressionist figuration. People, flowers, animals, the night sky and his favourite fishing spots – he painted them from memory with both…