S.H. Ervin Gallery

Nicholas Harding Jeff Mincham

January 30, 2010
Nicholas Harding, In the swell (snorkeller), 2006, oil on Belgian linen, 56x51c

Paintings may greet the viewer with grand attitudes or ugly looks, but most of them know their limitations. We find ourselves staring at an arrangement of colours and forms on a flat surface that provides an imaginary window onto the world – nature seen through a temperament, to use Zola’s formulation. Having become accustomed to … More

Nora Heysen

November 28, 2009
Nora Heysen, Corn cobs, 1938, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 51.3cm

Millions are spent nowadays in futile efforts to combat the aging process, but Nora Heysen (1911-2003) seemed to grow more stylish as she got older. Look at the earnest, stolid young woman in her self-portraits of the 1930s, then at the photographs taken in later life. The younger Nora habitually wears her hair pulled back, … 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