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William Nicholson The black pansy 1910

William Nicholson was always torn between the need to paint society portraits to maintain his family and his love for humbler still lifes and landscape painting. Nicholson’s admiration of Édouard Manet and Edwardian interiors is evident in this still life …  More

Remembering Top Arts 2001

As an artist and photographer I look back fondly to when I was selected for Top Arts 2001. It was an important step for my very early career and came as reassurance to my creative endeavors and dreams to pursue …  More

Rover Thomas Dreamtime story of the willy willy 1989

This painting shows the ancestral path of miowin, a willy-willy or spiralling dust storm, indicated by the red-ochre glyph unleashed on the matte, white surface of the land and rising into the sky. The storm began as a murmur, in …  More

Fashion Detective

Fashion Detective, now showing at NGV Australia, takes a selection of miscellaneous garments and accessories as the starting point for a series of investigations. Here, we investigate the history of a special fur cape in the NGV Collection.   This fur cape …  More

Top Arts 2014

The dream started on the way to an annual Top Arts tour in 2013. “I’ll be in the exhibition next year guys, it’ll be a life-sized lino-cut”. Obviously everyone on the bus laughed at not just the idea of getting …  More

Louise Bourgeois Cell (Glass spheres and hands) (1990-1993)

Identity, self-scrutiny, memory and the tensions inherent in human relationships are the core themes of Louise Bourgeois’s art. Although Bourgeois has often referred to her works as a means of liquidating the memory of traumatic episodes, her diaristic art is …  More

Remembering Top Arts 2007

My memories of the Top Arts exhibition can only be preceded by the countless hours I spent in the art room at Camberwell Grammar, honing my pottery skills when I technically should have been in maths class (sorry Mr Carter!). VCE Studio Art …  More