‘Two soldiers’ emphasises wartime comradery

Australian artist Hilda Rix Nicholas (1884-1961) made a significant contribution to art in the period between the First and Second World Wars, fusing a nationalist sentiment with her technical insights into French impressionism and post-impressionism. Born in Ballarat in 1884, from 1902-05 Hilda Rix studied at the Melbourne National Gallery School under Frederick McCubbin. Arthur…

The desired goals of human action rendered repetitive and futile

The interaction between artist and subject forms the basis of Junebum Park’s artistic practice. In 1 Parking 2001-02 the artist’s hands can be found looming larger than life over an aerial view of a city car park as Park appears to manoeuvre pedestrians. Park’s video vignettes are usually looped and characteristically projected for display in…

Interior view encapsulates Charles Blackman’s new love and muse

The time Charles Blackman (1928-2018 ) spent in Queensland was central to his development as one of the most important Australian artists of his generation. It was during his early visits to Brisbane first in 1948 and then regularly from 1951, that the artist experienced the sense of intense personal discovery that was to launch…

Back in time: Early Brisbane watercolours

Together with drawing, watercolour was most often the medium of choice for documenting the early years of settlement in Queensland, especially to depict the landscape, chosen for its ability to record fine detail, evoking atmosphere, and most favoured for its portability and convenience. In this watercolour Farm landscape with colonial homestead 1888 Robert S (Saunder)…

Miniature paintings small enough to be carried around in your pocket

Risham Syed is a Pakistani artist who lives and works in Lahore, the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab, and the country’s second largest city after Karachi. In her ‘Lahore’ series, Syed documents changes in the urban landscape. Syed draws on the refined tradition of South Asian miniature painting. Since the 1980s, this art…

Voices and visions come alive: Asia Pacific video

Artists in the Asia Pacific region were quick to embrace the possibilities of video art as it first began to emerge, and the region is home to some of the world’s leading moving image artists. With techniques that range from the most basic use of a handheld video camera to elaborate, theatrical productions, video continues…