Noel McKenna, Australia b.1956 / Butterflies of Australia 2010

Australia ordered by Noel McKenna

Welcome to Noel McKenna’s ‘Map’ series where instinct meets a most personal experience. Born and educated in Brisbane and now based in Sydney, McKenna is one of Australia’s most industrious and idiosyncratic artists. With a busy career spanning more than 30 years, his work is admired for its spare brushstrokes and poignant observations. McKenna’s maps…

2017: That’s a wrap!

2017 has been a huge year for both the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). This can be attributed to GOMA’s tenth anniversary program beginning the year, our Family Festival during ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’, and ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’. We can also look forward to strong attendances…

Alick Tipoti, Kala Lagaw Ya people, Australia b.1975 / Kudusur 2017

Watch Alick Tipoti create his mural ‘Kudusur’

‘Kudusur’ translates as ‘poling with elbow’. This work is Alick Tipoti’s interpretation of the spiritual ancestors, Thoegay and Kang, know to his people as the Zugubal. Thoegay and Kang are two brothers, who extend their elbows and use them as paddles for their canoe. Keen-sighted Thoegay sits at the front, and Kang is blind and sits at…

Noel McKenna, Australia b.1956 / Big Things, Australia 2004

Noel McKenna maps Australia

As a career artist since the early 1980s, Noel McKenna has honed what is best described as an idiosyncratic vision in paint, print and the occasional ceramic. Those who are already aware of his practice will know that his regular subjects include napping pets, cats and dogs begging for food at the table, watchful birds,…

Immerse yourself in Gerhard Richter’s life of images

These featured videos were recorded during QAGOMA’s exhibition lecture series and opening weekend Symposium. Hear from experts and curators as they highlight aspects of German artist Gerhard Richter’s practice. Visit the ‘The Life of Images’ website to find related events within our ongoing program. Over more than half a century, Richter has demonstrated a remarkable command…

The story of tow row

The story of Judy Watson’s tow row transcends its physical form and speaks of cultural retrieval and community activation. This stunning work, generously funded by the Queensland Government, the Neilson Foundation, Cathryn Mittelheuser, AM, and others, is a fitting acknowledgment of the ancestor spirit of Kurilpa. Public art has the power to change the cultural landscape…