Tag Archives: Australian art

Plastics in Art: David McDiarmid. Part 2: Thinking of You

Thinking of You, 1990, by David McDiarmid is a mosaic artwork made of irregularly shaped pieces of monochrome and polychrome holographic contact film adhered to a black painted plywood panel. The artwork has a total of 34 distinctive pattern and …  More

Fred Williams Cape York bushfire (2) (1977)

After his return to Australia from London in 1956, Fred Williams turned his attention to painting the Australian landscape, depicting it in such a distinctive and fresh way that, for many, his art transformed their vision of it. The Cape …  More

Frederick McCubbin The pioneer 1904

McCubbin’s monumental painting The pioneer reflects the self-conscious nationalism of the years immediately following Federation. Each panel is ‘read’ to link the progress of toil on this land across time. The first panel shows a pioneering couple in their new …  More

Tom Roberts Shearing the rams 1890

Tom Roberts’s Shearing the rams is a response to the nationalistic sentiment that developed in Australia during the late nineteenth century. It reflects the emergence of a national identity defined through heroic rural activity and the economic importance of the …  More

Rethinking an unknown carte-de-visite

While searching through the NGV’s collection of Australian cartes-de-visite recently we came across this image.  The intricate hairstyles, ornate fashion and curiously casual poses of the unidentified people caught our attention. Their intense gaze seemed to provoke further investigation.  Since …  More