Tag: S.H. Ervin Gallery

Art Essays

Wendy Sharpe

Saturday, March 12th, 2011 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Delacroix is reputed to have quipped that if an artist could not draw a man who had jumped from a fourth storey window before he hit the ground, he could never go in for “the big stuff”. Wendy Sharpe, who once painted a large-scale copy of Delacroix’s Death of Sardanapalus, would be up to the […]

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Lawrence Daws

Saturday, February 20th, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Lawrence Daws had an “early” retrospective at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 1966, when he was thirty-nine years old. This seems remarkable when one learns that Daws, who born in Adelaide, had his first solo exhibition in 1954. Was he considered such a prodigy that twelve years’ work was enough for a show […]

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Nicholas Harding Jeff Mincham

Saturday, January 30th, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

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 […]

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Nora Heysen

Saturday, November 28th, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

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, […]

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Margaret Olley: Life’s Journey

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

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 […]