Jon Molvig: The power of expression

‘Jon Molvig: Maverick’, at the Queensland Art Gallery (14 September 2019 until 2 February 2020), profiles the work of an acclaimed Australian artist and charismatic teacher, whose uncompromising commitment to painting inspired a group of young artists in Brisbane. Simon Elliott spoke with some of the artist’s former students about their mentor. An intensely complicated…

Charles Blackman surrounded by flowers and a white rabbit

This portrait of Charles Blackman by Jon Molvig alludes both to the friendship between Molvig and Blackman and to Blackman’s series of ‘Alice‘ paintings in which he was immersed at the time – Blackman is depicted surrounded by flowers and accompanied by a white rabbit. Molvig and Blackman established a short-lived art school near Burleigh Heads…