Courage and Beauty: Symbolism

For over two decades, Brisbane collector and benefactor James C. Sourris AM has amassed an extraordinary collection of postwar and contemporary Australian art. ‘Courage and Beauty: The James C. Sourris AM Collection’ at the Gallery of Modern Art until 25 June 2023 demonstrates Sourris’s drive to acquire exceptional works of art — especially those that…

Art of giving: Library collections

Special collections in your art library are important to the development and maintenance of our cultural heritage. The QAGOMA Research Library’s special collections are a treasure-trove of unique and rare items that can inspire and enrich, support scholarship and engage artists, visitors, researchers and students. Collecting these items is often only possible through a creative…

‘The Mooche’ oozes 1960s cool and vitality

A generous gift to the Collection from James C Sourris, AM, this jazz-titled, lozenge-shaped canvas by Australian artist Dick Watkins ‘oozes 1960s cool and vitality’. In the 1968 catalogue for the landmark exhibition ‘The Field’, Royston Harpur identified The Mooche 1968 (illustrated) by Dick Watkins as ‘the outstanding painting’ in the exhibition.1 Curator Brian Finemore…

John Peart ‘Shoot point’

Shoot point 1967, whose acquisition was generously supported by James C Sourris, AM, is a major work from a pivotal point in Peart’s career, and an important addition to the Gallery’s holdings of 1960s Australian painting. John Peart displayed remarkable artistic talent from very early in his life. Born in Brisbane in 1945, Peart commenced…

Creating a Collection: James C Sourris AM

In recent years, Brisbane benefactor James C Sourris, AM, has been gathering an extensive collection of contemporary Australian art, focusing on the first decade of the twenty-first century and paying particular attention to Queensland artists. The exhibition ‘Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James C Sourris AM Collection’ (12 November 2011 – 19 February 2012)…