Category Archives: Paintings

By Hook or By Crooke | These are Worth a Good Look

Australian artist Ray Austin Crooke was born in Auburn, Victoria on 12 July 1922. He is known for serene views of Islander people and ocean landscapes, many of which are based on the art of Gauguin. He spent time in … Continue reading

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Soup de Jour? | Can Do

Warhol proved you can make Souper-Art – but why Broth-er? Pop art is the art movement that emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain and in the late 1950s in the United States. Pop art presented a challenge to traditions of … Continue reading

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Feeling Pea’d Off? Don’t snubbo the art of Rubbo

[Image: Pea Gathering | Kurrajong Heights  (1918)] Italian-born artist and art teacher Antonio Salvatore Dattilo Rubbo was born in Naples on 21 June 1870 and spent his early childhood in Frattamaggiore. He studied painting under Domenico Morelli and Filippo Palizzi … Continue reading

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Black & Silver

“Black and Silver” (ca 1910) oil on canvas RA Diploma work accepted 1909. Shannon painted many society portraits from the highest ranks of society but this picture depicts his daughter. Anglo-American artist Sir James Jebusa Shannon (1862–1923), was born in … Continue reading

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Bromley’s comely chums

[Three examples of David Bromley’s ‘Female Nude’ series] Australian artist David Bromley  was born in Sheffield, England in 1960. As a young boy, he migrated to Australia with his family in 1964. Bromley began his career in Adelaide as a potter, but eventually … Continue reading

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The Art of Bishai is a Bit Shy and the Great Sphinx of Giza Holds Secrets as Well

Postcard of the Sphinx by A. Bishai (ca 1958). So far any information regarding the artist for this postcard remains a mystery, unless someone can provide any further information. In which case I would love to hear and then share … Continue reading

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Swede dreams are made of these

Swedish visual artist Lennart Jirlow was born in Stockholm on April 24, 1936. In 1952, Jirlow went to Konstfack and was awarded the youngest student of the year. After Konstfack, Jirlow went abroad on a trip, and visited Holland, France … Continue reading

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Campi – You’ve left me s-peach-less!

[Above: The Fruit Seller] Vincenzo Campi (c. 1536–1591) was an Italian painter of the Renaissance era from Cremona. His style merges Lombard with Mannerist styles, however, unlike his siblings, he is known for a series of canvases, mostly painted after … Continue reading

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Apples of Temptation are Bonza!

Above are some great examples of Apple Case Art and Australiana. Labels began to appear in large numbers on wooden crates around 1920 and were only superseded in the 1960s by cardboard cartons. Although the designs were for the most part basic, and … Continue reading

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It’s Not Easy Being Green, But We Can Try

John Olsen – ‘Tree Frog’ 1983 watercolour pastel on paper 49cm x 37cm and Victorian Goldfields Petrified Frog [Unknown] Acclaimed Australian artist John Henry Olsen was born in Newcastle, New South Wales on 21 January 1928. His family moved to the … Continue reading

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From Backstage Girl To Lucky In Love

Pulp Fiction paperback publishing did not only happen in America. In the second half of the 20th Century an Australian pulp scene burned brightly with tales of jaded gunshoes, valiant servicemen and women, daring spies, violent youth gangs and bikies. The … Continue reading

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Hisashi Tenmyouya | From Passive Moon To Vibrant Sun

Above Left: Nine Kamakura Samurai (from Contemporary Japanese Youth Culture Scroll) August 2001, acrylic on wood (60cm x 42cm) Above Right: Archery 2008 acrylic on wood (90 cm x 70 cm) Japanese contemporary artist Hisashi Tenmyouya was born in February, 1966 in Tokyo. … Continue reading

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Chloe and The Grasshopper – Two of a Kind

Above Right: “The Grasshopper” (La Cigale) 1872 oil on canvas 186.7 x 123.8cm. This is considered one of Jules Lefebvre’s classic female nudes. It was first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1872 and was accompanied at the Salon’s exhibition … Continue reading

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Is This the First Picture of a Young Street Artist at Work?

French painter, poster artist and print-maker, Etienne Maurice Firmin Bouisset was born to a working-class family in the town of Moissac in the Tarn-et-Garonne département in south-western France on September 2, 1859.  He specialized in painting children and did a … Continue reading

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Bathroom Blues? Let Freddie the Frog Come to the Rescue On Demand

Arkie by Brett Whiteley (1967) oil mixed media on canvas on board (Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria). Australian Avant-garde artist Brett Whiteley (born Sydney,  7 April 1939 – died 15 June 1992) is well represented in many Australian galleries and was … Continue reading

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