Vale: Graham Burstow

The Gallery acknowledges the passing of Queensland photographic artist Graham Burstow OAM. Born in Toowoomba in 1927, Burstow was initially self-taught, but later took instruction as a member of the Camera Club Movement. Working on black-and-white film, he was a subject-driven social documentarian with a keen lens for every-day Australians. A foundation member of the…

Vale: Robert MacPherson

When Robert MacPherson AM died, on 12 November 2021, aged 84, Australia lost one of the most important artists of his generation. What made his contribution so remarkable was the way in which he translated the arcane languages and modes of contemporary art, particularly those of conceptualism and minimalism, into images and objects that formed…

Vale: Mervyn Moriarty

The sad announcement of the passing of Mervyn Moriarty (1937–2021), one of Australian art’s national treasures, in November, was felt by many Queenslanders. A genuine pioneer and generous spirit, Moriarty passionately believed that art education had the potential to change lives — that it was a fundamental human right, no matter in which far-flung corner…

Vale: Kumantje Jagamara

With great sadness, we acknowledge the recent passing of Kumantje (Michael Nelson) Jagamara AM (b.c.1946-2020). One of the foremost champions of the Western Desert painting movement, Kumantje was a dynamic innovator of Papunya’s second wave of painters, known for creating evocative newforms to portray his ancestral inheritance, He was also a deeply respected Warlpiri/Luritja Elder…

Vale: John Nixon

The Gallery pays tribute to the life and work of Australian artist John Nixon (1949-2020), who passed away in August in Melbourne. Renowned for his non-objective paintings and constructions, Nixon’s extensive output included music, photography, film, collage, print-making and publishing. In his paintings, he brought abstract and conceptual art together by combining the monochrome and…

Vale: James Mollison

James Mollison AO (1931–2020), founding director of the National Gallery of Australia, later director of the National Gallery of Victoria, and a major donor to art institutions around Australia, including QAGOMA, passed away in January. He leaves a singular legacy as a professional art museum director who, over the course of the modern era, shaped…