Artists’ Colonies seem a particularly Melbourne thing in the early part of the 20th century. A dog bite was responsible for … More
Lina Bryans was born in Europe but her parents were Australian. Bryans was a Hallenstein whose family had made their … More
In memory of Brian Finemore, Lina Bryans gave one of her major late works, Landscape Quartet, to the National Gallery of … More
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 painter Lina Bryans was known for her portraits.
Modernist Eveline Syme also attended the George Bell school in Toorak, Melbourne.
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.
Many students passed through George Bell’s art school.
George Johnston was very positive about the state of the arts in Australia in 1966.
There is a big section in George Johnston and Robert Goodman’s The Australians on sport. The Sporting Life.
Another chapter in The Australians by Robert Goodman and George Johnston is The Cities.
In The Australians, published by Rigby Limited in 1966, Robert Goodman and George Johnston’s first chapter concerns The Land.
In 1962 an American photographer, Robert Goodman, conceived of an idea to produce a picture book on Australia.
This ad still works 40 years later.
How about visiting the Ross River cattle station? A billy tea and damper picnic near the historic homestead.
Ok. Well I like parrots.
Another Helvetica driven poster for the Australian Tourist Commission.
I’ve always liked typography.
So there is Eric Thake working away at Paton’s Advertising Agency in Melbourne. For 30 years.
Most of the information I’ve collected about Eric Thake has come from the State Library of Victoria website.
A couple more images from the National Gallery of Australia book Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955.
The one thing you notice when you start digging Eric Thake is his love of owls.
The young sketcher, Eric Thake, was out and about Melbourne in the early 1920s.
Me again with artist portraits.
Back to happier times for Eric Thake.
The National Gallery of Victoria has this lovely Eric Thake watercolour, pastel, and charcoal drawing in their collection.
War gave Eric Thake the opportunity to travel.
Many Australian artists have taken to the outback.
Progressive, unmarried, upper middle class women like Violet Teague and Una Teague were expected to get on with things.
As Violet and Una Teague get closer to Central Australia, Violet creates some stunning abstractions using the colours and shapes around her.
As Una and Violet Teague motored further into the outback, Violet continues to sketch.
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.
When I was reading about Albert Namatjira, I found Victorian artist Violet Teague had a close connection to him.
Unless aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira overcomes his worries over white men he will never paint again.
My favourite Albert Namatjira’s paintings are the Ghosts Gum watercolours.
One of the residents of the Hermannsburg mission in central Australia was Albert Namatjira. He showed a keen interest in … More
My niece and nephew’s writing about their time in the USA got me thinking about our own central Australia.
When the pilgrims arrived on the shore of the new world, they found a secularization of the Garden of Eden;
If there’s one thing that visiting America will teach you, it’s that there’s simply no other place like it.