The jewellery of María Dolores de Aldama, Marchioness of Montelo

This is the last post by Brisbane Jeweller, Barbara Heath focusing on the jewellery in ‘Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado‘  Wealthy, young and beautiful, she drew the rich and powerful to her like moths to a flame. María Dolores de Aldama was a lady known for the soirees she held at her residence. ‘This young aristocrat, portrayed…

Luke Roberts on Sculpture

Luke Roberts’s Wunderkammer/Kunstkamera (detail) 1994 is an all-encompassing work, it includes found objects, homemade dolls, mementos, remade and modified objects, as well as featuring selected historical works from the Gallery’s Collection. Each object is labelled by the artist, with some labels factual and others taking more creative leaps, and they are presented in a museum…

The Jewellery of Mrs Delicado de Imaz

This is the second last post by Brisbane Jeweller, Barbara Heath focusing on the jewellery in ‘Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado‘.  Vicente López Portaña’s technical skill and precise depictions made him a favourite painter to a society eager to show off their status. His attention to detail knows no bounds — so we can only hope that Mrs Delicado…

Gordon Hookey on Sculpture

Gordon Hookey’s King hit (for Queen and Country) 1999 is a provocative work that intimates action. The work consists of a boxing bag painted with porcine depictions of John Howard, Pauline Hanson and David Oldfield who hold their boxing gloves raised at the viewer ready for a fight. Below the bag is set of boxing…