Charles Blackman, Australia b.1928 / Stradbroke ferry 1952 / Enamel and tempera on heavy cardboard / Gift of Barbara Blackman, AO, through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Charles Blackman 1952/ Licensed by Viscopy 2017

Stradbroke ferry, a reminder of Charles Blackman’s time in Brisbane

The Gallery holds a good selection of Charles Blackman’s work, the quality of Stradbroke ferry 1952 and its connection to the artists early formative Queensland years, and to other significant works in the Collection painted the same year make it one of Michael Hawker’s (Associate Curator, Australian Art) favourite Blackman paintings. The painting also makes a strong…

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…

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…

Charles Blackman, Australia b.1928, Barnes Auto Brisbane 1952

Charles Blackman’s connection to Brisbane

After resigning from journalism cadetship at the Sydney Sun, Charles Blackman hitchhiked to Brisbane in early 1948 for his first visit. He met the young artists of the Miya Studio, including Laurence Hope, Don Savage, and Laurence Collinson, and the closely affiliated group of Barjai writers, including Barrett Reid, and, most significantly, Barbara Patterson. Blackman’s…

Sidney Nolan, Australia 1917-1992 / Platypus Bay, Fraser Island 1947

Sidney Nolan’s Platypus Bay, Fraser Island is a dreamlike landscape

The purchase of Sidney Nolan’s Platypus Bay, Fraser Island 1947 adds an important work from this series to the Collection. One of the works from Nolan’s 1948 exhibition at Brisbane’s Moreton Galleries, it allows the Queensland Art Gallery to tell, in greater depth, the significant part that the state played in Nolan’s artistic development. In…