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This Berrie Fine Glaswegian Lass Must Not Be Extinguished

Above: University Cafe (2011) 24 x 19 cm from a series of drawings of Glasgow cafes. Scottish illustrator Christine Berrie is a born and bred Glaswegian, living in the town of Bishopbriggs near Glasgow. The daughter of a draftsman for … Continue reading

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Let’s Celebrate ’88 – All Over Again

(Above: Literary Heights by John Underwood) early 30 years ago, Australia’s north-eastern state of Queensland hosted World Expo (aka Expo ’88),  in its capital city of Brisbane. World Expo ’88 was celebrated over a six-month period from 30 April-30 October, … Continue reading

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This Proves That Hele’s the Real Deal

‘The Pink Dressing Gown’ (1962) oil on board 90cm x 59.5cm Australian artist Sir Ivor Henry Thomas Hele, (Ivor Hele) was born on 13 June 1912. At the age of 15 he studied drawing and painting in Paris and Munich. … Continue reading

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The “Sage of the Wilderness” was born in the Kitchen

Above: William Mack, “The Sage of the Wilderness“. (Photo by Diane Arbus). At the time Diane Arbus took this photograph of William Mack (aka “The Sage of the Wilderness“) he was a 72 year-old, German, ex-merchant seaman living on his … Continue reading

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Dreams are Ten a Penny for Thomas McKenney

Thomas McKenney served as the United States Superintendent of Indian Trade in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. and later as the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). He initiated the government’s commissioning of portraits. Like many others at the time, … Continue reading

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Have You Met ‘The Met’ Yet?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka: “The Met”) is located in New York City. It is the largest art gallery / museum in the United States and one of the 10 largest in the world. Its permanent collection contains more … Continue reading

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The Foreman of British Illustration

British author and illustrator Michael Foreman was born a month before his father died, on 21 March 1938. He grew up in Pakefield, near Lowestoft, Suffolk, where his mother kept the village shop. He studied at Lowestoft School of Art, … Continue reading

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Callooh! Callay! for Calouste is Okay

Above: Dragonfly brooch once adorned by Sarah Bernhardt to whom it was lent by friend Calouste Gulbenkian. A corsage ornament which consists of dragonfly with griffon’s paws and green female torso whose face is supposed to be of Sarah herself. … Continue reading

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Re: Deeming – Not Redeeming!

Above featured: Death mask of Frederick Bayley Deeming (plaster and paint head 30 x 18.5 x 22 cm) State Library of Victoria. The Library also has the cast of his hand, courtesy of 1967 donation. Frederick Bayley Deeming was a … Continue reading

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The Very Model of a Tudor Village

The Fitzroy Gardens “Model Tudor Village” in Melbourne was modelled in cement by English artist Edgar Wilson, a 77 year old pensioner who lived in Hamilton Road, Norwood, London, England and carried out the task as his hobby. Over a … Continue reading

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The Artist of The Court Ball at Hofburg is no ‘Gause-ing’ Game

German-Austrian painter Wilhelm Gause was born on 27th March, 1853.  He studied at the Düsseldorf Academy and in 1888 exhibited his work in Vienna. Gause died on 13th June, 1916. Gause’s most famous work is “Court Ball at the Hofburg.” Created … Continue reading

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Are you thinking that Fafi is fluffy?

Fafi is an early adopter to street art and is currently living and working in Paris. Through her art, Fafi has been exploring her femininity through stereotypes, using them to her advantage. Fafi not only knocked her male colleagues and competitors out their … Continue reading

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Whoop Oop De Boop

Betty Boop is an animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer, with help from animators including Grim Natwick. According to Wikipedia, the caricature of a Jazz Age flapper, Betty Boop was described in a 1934 court case as:”combining in appearance … Continue reading

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Down For a Ride With the Girl On a Slide

Australian painter, sculptor and teacher John Stuart Dowie was born on 15 January 1915, in the Adelaide suburb of Prospect. He was one of South Australia’s most respected sculptors and his works appear all over Adelaide. One of these include: “Girl on … Continue reading

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Is a Room With a View Better Than a Room With Chairs?

Pictured above: “A Room With Chairs” (1972) charcoal on paper and canvas.  William Delafield Cook (1936–2015) was an Australian artist born in Melbourne, who was known for his stark landscapes. He taught at the University of Melbourne. He had long … Continue reading

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