William Dobell, Australia 1899-1970 / The Cypriot 1940

William Dobell’s The Cypriot shares its secrets

William Dobell is an artist recognised for his portraits and for often embellishing his sitter’s appearance to draw out their most distinctive traits. The model for The Cypriot 1940 was Aegus Gabrielides, a Greek Cypriot waiter who worked in a London café frequented by Dobell and his fellow Slade School students in the 1930s. Go behind-the-scenes with Anne…

Dale Harding working on his commission Wall Composition in Reckitt’s Blue

View the installation of Dale Harding’s wall composition

View the installation time lapse of Dale Harding’s Wall Composition in Reckitt’s Blue 2017, specially commissioned for the reimagined Australian art collection. Aboriginal painting represents at least 99 per cent of the timeline of Australian art-making, with a verified history dating back some 28 000 years. Thousands of rock galleries throughout the landscape carry the signs of…

Dale Harding working on his commission onsite at the Queensland Art Gallery

Dale Harding discusses his incredible year

Dale Harding graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2014, yet his opportunities and achievements since speak to a much longer practice, indeed a ‘cultural continuum’ to which he is connected through country. His artwork includes wall murals, sculpture and installations which are an exploration of the political histories and presence of his family…

Alick Tipoti, Kudusur 2007

Your reimagined Australian art collection unveiled

The Gallery has unveiled its newly reconfigured Australian art collection with a display of more than 200 historical and contemporary works, as well as major new commissions by Australian artists Daniel Boyd, Sonja Carmichael, Dale Harding, Helen Johnson and Alick Tipoti. The expansive, reimagined Australian Collection brings the Gallery’s significant Australian art holdings together in…

Larrtjanga Ganambarr, Australia b.c.1932-2000 / Balirlira and the Macassans c.1958

From this island, we look out across the sea

‏Telling the Story of Australian Art Your reimagined Australian Collection brings together art from different times and across cultures. After 120 years of building the Collection, there are many stories to tell of traversal and encounter, we focus on this theme as we continue with our series on Australian art. Scottish-born artist Ian Fairweather’s Lights, Darwin Harbour…

Sidney Nolan, Australia/England 1917-1992 / Mrs Fraser 1966

Sidney Nolan’s Mrs Fraser is a spectacular colonial narrative

As we take a reimagined view of the Australian Collection, we revisit Sidney Nolan’s painting Mrs Fraser and its captivating story as it returns on view. This blog is an extract from Lynne Seear’s essay ‘A wave to memory: Sydney Nolan Mrs Fraser’ published in Lynne Seear and Julie Ewington (eds). Brought to Light: Australian Art 1850-1965, Queensland…