The excitement of romance

With Cupid in mind, we look at two works from QAGOMA’s collection with romance as their underlying subject – at the Gallery we believe that love conquers all barriers – and that is the way it should be. Arthur Boyd: The lady and the unicorn portfolio Arthur Boyd’s etchings for The lady and the unicorn…

Arthur Boyd, Australia 1920-1999 / The lady and the unicorn (portfolio) 1975

The Lady and the Unicorn, a story of love and betrayal

The series The Lady and the Unicorn 1975 are powerful and dreamlike etchings by Arthur Boyd (1920–99) which reveal his mastery of the medium couched in a story of love and betrayal. Boyd is celebrated for his paintings, but he is also recognised as a significant and innovative printmaker. Some of his best series were…

Australian art, Fiona Foley, Australia b.1964, Badtjala woman 1994

We use art to question what we know

Telling the Story of Australian Art in new and innovative ways Swedish-born artist Oscar Friström’s Duramboi 1893 depicts James Davis, a young convict sent from Scotland to Australia. Davis escaped from a Moreton Bay penal colony in 1829 and lived with several Indigenous groups in the area, particularly on Fraser Island (where he was known as…

QAGOMA celebrates its benefactors

The outstanding contributions of three of the Gallery’s most dedicated benefactors have recently been honoured with new named acknowledgments. Alongside our GOMA Turns 10 celebrations, the three named spaces provide an excellent opportunity for us to recognise the crucial importance of benefaction to the Gallery, and in particular the inspiring giving of the three donors being…

Arthur Boyd’s Sleeping bride a major gift to QAGOMA

Arthur Boyd’s Sleeping bride 1957-58 is destined to join the ranks of the most celebrated and iconic works in the QAGOMA Collection. From the celebrated allegorical series of paintings ‘Love, Marriage and Death of a Half-Caste’ – often known as the ‘Brides’ – Sleeping bride is one of Boyd’s defining contributions to Australian art. The Victorian-born artist…