Category Archives: journal

Lina Bryans’ Pink Colony

Artists’ Colonies seem a particularly Melbourne thing in the early part of the 20th century. A dog bite was responsible for Bryans’ Colony. Lina Bryans knocked on the door of Ada May Plante (a painter friend of Jock Frater) for some

Lina Bryans’ Pink Colony

Artists’ Colonies seem a particularly Melbourne thing in the early part of the 20th century. A dog bite was responsible for Bryans’ Colony. Lina Bryans knocked on the door of Ada May Plante (a painter friend of Jock Frater) for some

Young Lina Bryans

Lina Bryans was born in Europe but her parents were Australian. Bryans was a Hallenstein whose family had made their money from a successful tannery and leather business in Melbourne. Her maternal great-grandfather, Sir Benjamin Benjamin, had been Lord Mayor of

Young Lina Bryans

Lina Bryans was born in Europe but her parents were Australian. Bryans was a Hallenstein whose family had made their money from a successful tannery and leather business in Melbourne. Her maternal great-grandfather, Sir Benjamin Benjamin, had been Lord Mayor of

Music of Lina Bryans

In memory of Brian Finemore, Lina Bryans gave one of her major late works, Landscape Quartet, to the National Gallery of Victoria. | Lina Bryans, Landscape Quartet, 1971, oil on canvasboard (4 panels) | What an amazing painting. And finally her last

Music of Lina Bryans

In memory of Brian Finemore, Lina Bryans gave one of her major late works, Landscape Quartet, to the National Gallery of Victoria. | Lina Bryans, Landscape Quartet, 1971, oil on canvasboard (4 panels) | What an amazing painting. And finally her last

Lina Bryans You-Beaut

Around the same time Lina Bryans was changing direction, there was a new generation of young curators on the scene in the Australian art world.

Lina Bryans You-Beaut

Around the same time Lina Bryans was changing direction, there was a new generation of young curators on the scene in the Australian art world.

Independent Lina Bryans

Independent painter Lina Bryans was known for her portraits.

Independent Lina Bryans

Independent painter Lina Bryans was known for her portraits.

Eveline Syme

Modernist Eveline Syme also attended the George Bell school in Toorak, Melbourne.

Eveline Syme

Modernist Eveline Syme also attended the George Bell school in Toorak, Melbourne.

Mary Cecil Allen

Melbourne born Mary Cecil Allen was a very well known artist and educator from the 1930s who after her death was another one of those ladies sidelined by art historians.

Mary Cecil Allen

Melbourne born Mary Cecil Allen was a very well known artist and educator from the 1930s who after her death was another one of those ladies sidelined by art historians.

Frances Burke

Many students passed through George Bell’s art school.

Frances Burke

Many students passed through George Bell’s art school.

Dancing and Painting

George Johnston was very positive about the state of the arts in Australia in 1966.

Dancing and Painting

George Johnston was very positive about the state of the arts in Australia in 1966.

Football and Lifesaving

There is a big section in George Johnston and Robert Goodman’s The Australians on sport. The Sporting Life.

Football and Lifesaving

There is a big section in George Johnston and Robert Goodman’s The Australians on sport. The Sporting Life.

Hyde Park and Opera

Another chapter in The Australians by Robert Goodman and George Johnston is The Cities.

Hyde Park and Opera

Another chapter in The Australians by Robert Goodman and George Johnston is The Cities.

Fitzroy River and Judith Wright

In The Australians, published by Rigby Limited in 1966, Robert Goodman and George Johnston’s first chapter concerns The Land.

Fitzroy River and Judith Wright

In The Australians, published by Rigby Limited in 1966, Robert Goodman and George Johnston’s first chapter concerns The Land.

Robert Goodman and George Johnston

In 1962 an American photographer, Robert Goodman, conceived of an idea to produce a picture book on Australia.

Robert Goodman and George Johnston

In 1962 an American photographer, Robert Goodman, conceived of an idea to produce a picture book on Australia.

Warm Australia

This ad still works 40 years later.

Warm Australia

This ad still works 40 years later.

Far Away Australia

How about visiting the Ross River cattle station? A billy tea and damper picnic near the historic homestead.

Far Away Australia

How about visiting the Ross River cattle station? A billy tea and damper picnic near the historic homestead.

Australian Sheilas

Ok. Well I like parrots.

Australian Sheilas

Ok. Well I like parrots.

Australian Ruins

Another Helvetica driven poster for the Australian Tourist Commission.

Australian Ruins

Another Helvetica driven poster for the Australian Tourist Commission.

Australian Type

I’ve always liked typography.

Australian Type

I’ve always liked typography.

Graphic Eric Thake

So there is Eric Thake working away at Paton’s Advertising Agency in Melbourne. For 30 years.

Graphic Eric Thake

So there is Eric Thake working away at Paton’s Advertising Agency in Melbourne. For 30 years.

Bookish Eric Thake

Most of the information I’ve collected about Eric Thake has come from the State Library of Victoria website.

Bookish Eric Thake

Most of the information I’ve collected about Eric Thake has come from the State Library of Victoria website.

Political Eric Thake

A couple more images from the National Gallery of Australia book Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955.

Political Eric Thake

A couple more images from the National Gallery of Australia book Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955.

Birdman Eric Thake

The one thing you notice when you start digging Eric Thake is his love of owls.

Birdman Eric Thake

The one thing you notice when you start digging Eric Thake is his love of owls.

Early Eric Thake

The young sketcher, Eric Thake, was out and about Melbourne in the early 1920s.

Early Eric Thake

The young sketcher, Eric Thake, was out and about Melbourne in the early 1920s.

Cool Eric Thake

Me again with artist portraits.

Cool Eric Thake

Me again with artist portraits.

Light Eric Thake

Back to happier times for Eric Thake.

Light Eric Thake

Back to happier times for Eric Thake.

Dark Eric Thake

The National Gallery of Victoria has this lovely Eric Thake watercolour, pastel, and charcoal drawing in their collection.

Dark Eric Thake

The National Gallery of Victoria has this lovely Eric Thake watercolour, pastel, and charcoal drawing in their collection.

Wartime Eric Thake

War gave Eric Thake the opportunity to travel.

Wartime Eric Thake

War gave Eric Thake the opportunity to travel.

Witty Eric Thake

Many Australian artists have taken to the outback.

Witty Eric Thake

Many Australian artists have taken to the outback.

Upper Middle Class Women

Progressive, unmarried, upper middle class women like Violet Teague and Una Teague were expected to get on with things.

Upper Middle Class Women

Progressive, unmarried, upper middle class women like Violet Teague and Una Teague were expected to get on with things.

Desert Ladies

As Violet and Una Teague get closer to Central Australia, Violet creates some stunning abstractions using the colours and shapes around her.

Desert Ladies

As Violet and Una Teague get closer to Central Australia, Violet creates some stunning abstractions using the colours and shapes around her.

Outback Ladies

As Una and Violet Teague motored further into the outback, Violet continues to sketch.

Outback Ladies

As Una and Violet Teague motored further into the outback, Violet continues to sketch.

Violet and Una Teague Set Off

In 1933, a year before Albert Namatjira met artist Rex Battarbee, the “can do” artist Violet Teague set out to visit Central Australia with her sister, Una.

Violet and Una Teague Set Off

In 1933, a year before Albert Namatjira met artist Rex Battarbee, the “can do” artist Violet Teague set out to visit Central Australia with her sister, Una.

Violet Teague 1872-1951

When I was reading about Albert Namatjira, I found Victorian artist Violet Teague had a close connection to him.

Violet Teague 1872-1951

When I was reading about Albert Namatjira, I found Victorian artist Violet Teague had a close connection to him.

Never Paint Again

Unless aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira overcomes his worries over white men he will never paint again.

Never Paint Again

Unless aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira overcomes his worries over white men he will never paint again.

Albert Namatjira’s Ghosts

My favourite Albert Namatjira’s paintings are the Ghosts Gum watercolours.

Albert Namatjira’s Ghosts

My favourite Albert Namatjira’s paintings are the Ghosts Gum watercolours.

Albert Namatjira’s Chasms

One of the residents of the Hermannsburg mission in central Australia was Albert Namatjira. He showed a keen interest in Rex Battarbee’s watercolours. Rex taught him all he knew, including how to sign his name in the white man’s way,

Albert Namatjira’s Chasms

One of the residents of the Hermannsburg mission in central Australia was Albert Namatjira. He showed a keen interest in Rex Battarbee’s watercolours. Rex taught him all he knew, including how to sign his name in the white man’s way,

Central Australia

My niece and nephew’s writing about their time in the USA got me thinking about our own central Australia.

Central Australia

My niece and nephew’s writing about their time in the USA got me thinking about our own central Australia.

American Dream by Claudia Brennan

When the pilgrims arrived on the shore of the new world, they found a secularization of the Garden of Eden;

American Dream by Claudia Brennan

When the pilgrims arrived on the shore of the new world, they found a secularization of the Garden of Eden;

Visiting America by Joseph Brennan

If there’s one thing that visiting America will teach you, it’s that there’s simply no other place like it.

Visiting America by Joseph Brennan

If there’s one thing that visiting America will teach you, it’s that there’s simply no other place like it.