Posts Tagged: history

Serial Suprematist

Stef studying the subtleties of Nixon’s Black cross painted in 1992.

Serial Suprematist

Stef studying the subtleties of Nixon’s Black cross painted in 1992.

Shakespeare Gentleman Illustrator

The first Shakespeare Penguin titles appeared in 1940. They were designed by the steadfast classicist Jan Tschichold. By the late 1960s the series was looking dated. Penguin was trying to be less literal and more cerebral, and designer Germano Facetti had

Shakespeare Gentleman Illustrator

The first Shakespeare Penguin titles appeared in 1940. They were designed by the steadfast classicist Jan Tschichold. By the late 1960s the series was looking dated. Penguin was trying to be less literal and more cerebral, and designer Germano Facetti had

When Text is Enough

When the time came for Paul Auster’s Penguin books to be redesigned, he asked the art director to consider using a typographical rather than image based approach.

When Text is Enough

When the time came for Paul Auster’s Penguin books to be redesigned, he asked the art director to consider using a typographical rather than image based approach.

Atmospheric Content

“The pictorial idea, be it drawing, collage or photograph, will indicate the atmospheric content of the book.”

Atmospheric Content

“The pictorial idea, be it drawing, collage or photograph, will indicate the atmospheric content of the book.”

50 Shades of White

I’m noticing a trend in book design. Many shades of white.

50 Shades of White

I’m noticing a trend in book design. Many shades of white.

Middlemarch Winter

“There is something in daubing a little one’s self, and having an idea of the process.”

Middlemarch Winter

“There is something in daubing a little one’s self, and having an idea of the process.”

Spooky Spirit

This little hoofed fellow is supposed to stop dead people coming out of their graves to interfere with the living.

Spooky Spirit

This little hoofed fellow is supposed to stop dead people coming out of their graves to interfere with the living.

Tree Goddess

A truly lovely tree goddess.

Tree Goddess

A truly lovely tree goddess.

Alfred and Uma

Most of the fabulousness of the National Gallery of Victoria can be attributed to Mr Alfred Felton.

Alfred and Uma

Most of the fabulousness of the National Gallery of Victoria can be attributed to Mr Alfred Felton.

Ellsworth Kelly’s Facade

Shape, line and color in their purest forms.

Ellsworth Kelly’s Facade

Shape, line and color in their purest forms.

Cézanne Seeing

When Ellsworth Kelly was a young boy, he put a print of this chesnut tree painting of Cezanne’s on his wall.

Cézanne Seeing

When Ellsworth Kelly was a young boy, he put a print of this chesnut tree painting of Cezanne’s on his wall.

Sophie Tauber-Arp

‘The intrinsic decorative urge should not be eradicated, it is one of humankind’s deep-rooted, primordial urges.’

Sophie Tauber-Arp

‘The intrinsic decorative urge should not be eradicated, it is one of humankind’s deep-rooted, primordial urges.’

Iona House Green

Iona House was surrounded by our busy dairy and potato farm.

Iona House Green

Iona House was surrounded by our busy dairy and potato farm.

Iona House Red and Blue

Iona House in all its glorious Kodak Instamatic colour

Iona House Red and Blue

Iona House in all its glorious Kodak Instamatic colour

Iona House Features

In the black and white days of the Iona House at 2060 Main Drain Road, Iona, family and possessions were falling gently into place.

Iona House Features

In the black and white days of the Iona House at 2060 Main Drain Road, Iona, family and possessions were falling gently into place.

Iona House Family

I contacted architect John Davidson last week and he kindly corresponded with me about the “Carlowrie” house at Iona.

Iona House Family

I contacted architect John Davidson last week and he kindly corresponded with me about the “Carlowrie” house at Iona.

Iona House Beginnings

As the grand-daughter of a Koo-We-Rup East Iona pioneer, my mother Hayden Ritson (Kavanagh) inherited all sorts of land around Iona. In the late 1950s, my parents decided to build a brand new house in the modern style. It would

Iona House Beginnings

As the grand-daughter of a Koo-We-Rup East Iona pioneer, my mother Hayden Ritson (Kavanagh) inherited all sorts of land around Iona. In the late 1950s, my parents decided to build a brand new house in the modern style. It would

Kavanagh and Featherstone

My great-grandparents, Owen Kavanagh and Catherine Featherstone, were early pioneers of Iona.

Kavanagh and Featherstone

My great-grandparents, Owen Kavanagh and Catherine Featherstone, were early pioneers of Iona.

Swampland

I’ve always had a uneasy relationship with Australian land.

Swampland

I’ve always had a uneasy relationship with Australian land.

Fitzpatrick’s Drouin

Photographer Jim Fitzpatrick was an official war photographer for the Australian Information Service.

Fitzpatrick’s Drouin

Photographer Jim Fitzpatrick was an official war photographer for the Australian Information Service.

Drouin Drinkers

I spent my early years in Gippsland. The Swamp District.

Drouin Drinkers

I spent my early years in Gippsland. The Swamp District.

Lina Bryans Richmond

Lina Bryans met a lovely architect Alex Jelinek in the 1950s and found a really large house at 39 Erin Street, Richmond.

Lina Bryans Richmond

Lina Bryans met a lovely architect Alex Jelinek in the 1950s and found a really large house at 39 Erin Street, Richmond.

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.