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…

Auschar Chauncy, England/Australia b.c.1836-1877 / Portrait of Richard Edwards 1874

We all call Queensland home

Telling the Story of Australian Art Continuing our series on the Australian Collection reimagined, we can observe the changing nature of portraiture – the shift from democratic modes such as the nineteenth-century photograph, to oil paintings produced after a number of sittings and preparatory sketches. These portraits tell stories of contact between cultures, including colonial…

From the Director: QAG revisits founding years on 120th anniversary

Sunday 29 March marks 120 years to the day since the doors opened on a room in Brisbane’s Town Hall dedicated to the putative Collection of the Queensland National Art Gallery. On that day, Governor, Sir Henry Wylie Norman, “in the presence of a large gathering”, officially opened an exhibition consisting of “thirty-eight pictures, many…