Laurence Collinson, Australia 1925–86, Cooper’s Park 1945

Charles Blackman and Brisbane’s young artists and writers

Charles Blackman while in Brisbane in early 1948 met the young artists of the Miya Studio, including Laurence Hope, Don Savage, and Laurence Collinson, and the closely affiliated group of Barjai writers, including Barrett Reid. DELVE DEEPER: KNOW BRISBANE through the QAGOMA Collection SIGN UP NOW: SUBSCRIBE TO QAGOMA BLOG for the next Queensland Story…

The lure of Brisbane’s sun on Charles Blackman

Over several years spent in Queensland, Charles Blackman was nurtured by a series of relationships and profound connections to place, and these inspired some of his most innovative and important works. During his first visit to Brisbane in 1948 Blackman experienced a period of intense personal discovery essential to the launch his career; he found…

Charles Blackman, Australia b.1928, Barnes Auto Brisbane 1952

Charles Blackman’s connection to Brisbane

After resigning from journalism cadetship at the Sydney Sun, Charles Blackman (12 August 1928-2018) hitchhiked to Brisbane in early 1948 for his first visit. He met the young artists of the Miya Studio, including Laurence Hope, Don Savage, and Laurence Collinson, and the closely affiliated group of Barjai writers, including Barrett Reid, and, most significantly,…

Scott Redford celebrates Gold Coast-type signage

Scott Redford’s ‘Proposals’ series of sculptures, such as Proposal for a Surfers Paradise Public Sculpture/GC Cinemas 2006  (illustrated) examine and celebrate the Gold Coast as a remarkable phenomenon in late modern architecture and design in Queensland. What others stigmatise as kitsch, Redford sees as embodying a complex history and identity — perhaps the Gold Coast…

The Photograph and Australia

Our understanding of Australia has been shaped by the medium of photography, its development in the 1840s parallels the growth of the colonies and settler relations with Indigenous Australians. Nineteenth-century photography was largely about recording what was encountered — the people and the landscape — as seen in the Queensland photographs of Richard Daintree (illustrated).…

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 (1923-2011) 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…