The Spirit of Australian Modernism - Great Australian Artists of Our Time
This group of highly inventive Australian modernist painters, sculptors, potters and print makers represent a collective of unique individuals whose artistic language has evolved from times of upheaval, conquest and exploration.
Each artist, either through abstraction or figuration, developed a highly refined symbolic language through experimentation of materials, subject matter, form, style and psychological emphasis. It is through a reinterpretation of the natural order of the world around; expressed through unique visions and symbolism that new associations and understanding can be achieved. Images capturing the spiritual and universal dimension of landscape and the human psyche are at the heart of these great Australian artists. Expressionism, romanticism, mysticism, innocence and evil, destruction and creation are key elements which convey universal themes.
George Baldessin’s sensual narrative of the figurative; Charles Blackman’s intuitive evocations of vulnerability, menace and solitude; Arthur Boyd’s rich, painterly excursions into mythical landscapes ; David Boyd’s inventions of innocence, fantasy, creation and destruction; John Coburn’s eloquent refinement of beauty, nature and spirituality through abstraction; Laurence Hope’s nuances of tragedy and isolation evoked through feelings of introspection and passion; David Larwill’s raw, primal, high- keyed delineations of encrusted figuration; Sidney Nolan’s spontaneous, experimental and sophisticated images inextricably bound to iconic motifs in legend and folklore; John Olsen’s journey through the spirituality and universality of Australian landscape and Tim Storrier’s explosions of colour, texture and atmosphere exploring the duality of decay and renewal are integral to the spirit of Australian Modernism.
Through their masterly illuminations, the legacy of each, individual artist has enhanced and enriched Australian Art.