Realism

Hyper Real

January 25, 2018
Ron Mueck, 'Pregnant Woman' (2002)

Hyper Real at the National Gallery of Australia is one of those exhibitions that must have seemed like a great idea at the time. Realism may appear to be the most obvious approach to making art, but it has been the exception rather than the rule throughout different cultures and epochs. The Seated Scribe of … More


Jeffrey Smart: Master of Stillness

November 10, 2012
Jeffrey Smart, Labyrinth, 2011, oil on canvas, 100.0 x 100.0 cm

Over the years I’ve met two distinct types of person born and raised in Adelaide. The first believe Adelaide is the finest city on earth and could not imagine living anywhere else. The second claim to have never been there in their lives. Although he is not an out-and-out Adelaide denier, for as long as … More


American Impressionism and Realism

July 25, 2009
Thomas Eakins, The Thinker: Portrait of Louis N. Kenton, 1900, Oil on canvas 82 x 42 in.

“Balzac had described many cities,” wrote Henry James in his late novel, The Ambassadors, “but he had not described Woollett, Massachusetts.” Neither did Balzac get around to describing Brisbane, although to be fair, there was not much to describe in his day. “Woollett”, for James, was a bastion of New World earnestness, industry and ambition. … More