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Nolan’s Adelaide ladies: from English soil and Adelaide

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Nolan | 0 comments

Nolan’s Adelaide ladies: from English soil and Adelaide

In 1964 Sidney Nolan painted at least 59 large portrait style works, known generically as the Adelaide Ladies. In 2016, friend and fellow Nolan enthusiast Andrew Turley wrote and published A guide to the ladies: 59 works by Sidney Nolan – April 1964 to June 1964 which documents his research into this little known area of Nolan’s oeuvre.   The Foreword, Introduction and Epilogue to Andrew’s book can be read here. This post reproduces the...

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Adelaide ladies

Posted by on Nov 22, 2018 in Nolan | 0 comments

Adelaide ladies

In 2016, friend and fellow Nolan enthusiast Andrew Turley wrote and published A guide to the ladies: 59 works by Sidney Nolan – April 1964 to June 1964 which documents his research into the so-called “Adelaide Ladies”, a little known area of Nolan’s oeuvre. Andrew’s comments about these paintings on the recent ABC film documentary Nolan has sparked an interest in them and a call for more information, which this website is pleased to...

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Parables of Sunlight: Sidney Nolan – the Religious, the Sublime and the Divine in his painting

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Nolan | 1 comment

Parables of Sunlight: Sidney Nolan – the  Religious, the Sublime and the Divine in his painting

This is a transcript of a lecture given by David Rainey on 25 July 2018 at the Anglican church of St. Mary-in-the-Valley, Canberra. It  includes full references not given in the presentation. Nolan’s own words are frequently quoted and in this transcript are shown in bold. Please NOTE that the text remains as spoken and consequently follows, rather than precedes, the image to which it relates.     Good evening all. Thank you for coming out on such a cold night –...

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Ned and Sid, Sublime at AGWA

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Nolan | 0 comments

Ned and Sid, Sublime at AGWA

David Rainey’s preview of the upcoming exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia of Sidney Nolan’s 26 Ned Kelly paintings from The National Gallery of Australia, has been written especially for SeeSaw, the Perth-based Arts Alert, Preview and Review website https://www.seesawmag.com.au Ned and Sid, Sublime at AGWA Ned Kelly is visiting the Art Gallery of Western Australia; or to be more precise, twenty six Kelly-themed paintings are making their first visit to the...

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Scabby Days

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Comment | 1 comment

Scabby Days

  Mt Scabby, at 1790m among the highest of ACT peaks, lies on the border with New South Wales in a remote region of the Namadgi and Kosciuszko National Parks. Less a peak than a flat U-shaped plateau, it is here the Cotter River begins to flow – its three dams supplying Canberra’s water.     A long one day walk from vehicular access, another to return, Scabby receives relatively few visitors. The effort though has its rewards – like the occasion two wedge tail eagles...

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