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Newcastle Regional Art Gallery | John McDonald

Newcastle Regional Art Gallery

Misty Moderns

November 21, 2009
Clarice Beckett, Taxi Rank, 1931, oil on canvas on board, 58.5 x 51.0 cm

Max Meldrum did not paint masterpieces. This alone is enough to distinguish him from the ranks of Australia’s most celebrated modern artists, who will be forever associated with a few iconic works. Think of Nolan for instance, and one thinks inevitably of Ned Kelly. Think of Drysdale and the image that springs to mind is … More

Margaret Olley: Life’s Journey

May 23, 2009
Margaret Olley, Brisbane River, 1956, ink and watercolour on paper, 43.5 x 55.0 cm

At this stage of her brilliant career there is nothing that any critical review can add to or subtract from the reputation of Margaret Hannah Olley. There have been two retrospectives, two Orders of Australia, four honorary doctorates. She has been painted by Australia’s best-known artists, and hailed for her constant public benefactions. As long … More