Clouds of purple blossoms, a quintessential image of Brisbane

Few works in our Collection have enjoyed as much popularity as R. (Richard) Godfrey Rivers’s Under the jacaranda. Painted in 1903, some twelve years after the British-born Rivers arrived in Queensland, the image depicts Rivers and his wife Selina sitting in the shade of a large jacaranda tree, at that time a landmark in Brisbane’s Botanic…

Aisha Khalid transforms traditional miniature painting with pins

Aisha Khalid is one of a generation of artists from Pakistan who have transformed the tradition of miniature painting into an internationally celebrated form of contemporary art. In recent years, Khalid’s practice has extended to significantly larger paintings, murals, installations and tapestries. In her textile works, Khalid draws on a form of visual language embedded in…

Gavin Hipkins references a past that haunts the future

Set along the Brisbane River, the dual projections of The Precinct 2018 in ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) continue Gavin Hipkins’s blurring of documentary and experimental narrative film structures. The double perspectives draw on and quote from the first published novel set in Brisbane, The Curse and its Cure (1894) by…

An incident at Romani: In memory of the Light Horse Field Ambulance

Remembrance Day has a special significance in 2018. Sunday 11 November marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18), signed 11am on 11 November 1918. One hundred years on we remember those who have given their lives in conflict before and since, by taking a minute to stop, be…

Passage to Belle-Île

John Russell, like his contemporaries Claude Monet and Henri Matisse, were particularly captivated and inspired by the small island of Belle-Île, with its vivid turquoise waters, steep cliffs and craggy rock formations. Roger Benjamin visited France’s wild Atlantic coast to explore the island’s resonance as a motif in French painting. In June 2018, before the…