Author Archives: maryannadair

Wowed By the Cloud

The Cloud (1900) by Charles Douglas Richardson. Victorian Heidelberg School artist and sculptor, Charles Douglas Richardson (7 July 1853 – 15 October 1932) trained at the Artisans School of Design, Trades Hall and the National Gallery School, both in Melbourne; … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Bride

Australian crepe wedding dress (1953) made by Violet Cocking (nee Dowey) who had resided in North Street, Castlemaine, prior to her marriage to Stanley Cocking in 1924. The dress was inspired by the gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II upon … Continue reading

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Walk Softly Witch! You Are Wanted by Carter Brown

The 1950s were a golden era for Australian pulp fiction and one of the main attractions was its striking cover art. With import restrictions on books and magazines from the United States (US) in the 1940s and 1950s; opportunities arose … Continue reading

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Hop To It | The Tale of Aurora and Tithonus

[Aurora and Tithonus by Francesco de Nura ] Francesco de Mura (21 April 1696 – 19 August 1782) was an Italian neo-Classicist painter of the late-Baroque period, active mainly in Naples and Turin. He was a pupil of Francesco Solimena, … Continue reading

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bluebirds Fly…

Australia Fair, performed on the 73-key Belgian built Verbeeck Concert Street Organ. ‘Australia Fair’ is the name of this beautiful street organ made by Johnny Verbeeck, built from the Verbeeck’s Organ Works (Est 1884), in the city of Antwerp, Belgium. … Continue reading

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What Are We Hanging Around For?

[Sea Country Spirits (2015-2016) consists of 32 sculptures of spirits, of takorra (sky) beeyak (land) and warri (sea); from Wathaurong country, which Jenny presents as a rhythmical dance of animated spirit forms of different scales, made from copper wire, tree … Continue reading

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Hey, Flick That Chip Off Your Shoulder

[“Flick That Chip off Your shoulder” street art mural by Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho in Hosier Lane and “Dilema Generasai #2″, oil & synthetic polymer paint on fiberglass steel, at National Gallery of Victoria]. Eko Nugroho (b. 1977 in Jogyakarta, … Continue reading

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The Village Life of Hendra Gunawan

Hendra Gunawan was an Indonesian artist, poet, sculptor and guerilla fighter who was born in Bandung, the capital of West Java, (former Dutch East Indies), on June 11, 1918 and died in Bali on July 17, 1983. Gunawan was best … Continue reading

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These Tins Really Take the Biscuit!

From Melbourne Open House -“Cabinets of Wonder” ephemera collection at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. entitled – ”The Welcome Guest”. These biscuit tins belong to the personal collection of “TG” [Occupation: Driver]. In reference to his collection, TG says: … Continue reading

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Chrissy Amphlett | You’re Not Like the Rest

The late Divinyl’s singer Chrissy Amphlett helped put Australian rock music on the international map and is recognised with a permanent accolade to her in the form of a renamed lane off Little Bourke Street between Spring and Exhibition Streets, … Continue reading

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These Conor’s Are Probably a Gonner

Street artist Conor Harrington was born in Cork, Ireland in 1980.  These days he is living and working in London, where he considers himself as a ‘painter’ rather than street artist or gallery artist, to which he is both. Harringon’s … Continue reading

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Successfully Sensitive | Emotionally Unstable

Brit D’Argaville’s  ‘Political Problem’ [Neon transparent synthetic polymer resin, 39.8 x 122.6 x 6.4 cm. Exhibited at Start Up – Top Arts 2015 National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)] Using specific colour and font, Brit D’Argaville’s ‘Political Problem‘ draws on gender … Continue reading

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Tea for Two and Two for Tea

Peter Philippi was born in 1866 in Trier. He studied between 1885-1902 at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Art. Between 1895 – 1902 Philippi was taught at the Academy by Professor Eduard von Gebhardt. Upon completion of his studies, Philippi … Continue reading

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Compare the Pair #20 | Every Picture Tells A Story

Original Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre-August Renoir. Other, modern day representation and replication of the event by unknown photographer recreating image for The Age Good Weekend prize. Pierre-August Renoir’s (1841-1919) Luncheon of the Boating Party stands as a … Continue reading

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Heads Will Roll…

Here is a “Heads Up” on three different artists who have headed-up in the name of art. Sarah McConnell ‘Dropped Heads‘ (2008) [Ceramic 140 x 80 x 18 cm overall] from Access Gallery exhibition, Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre in … Continue reading

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