Tag: National Art School

Sydney Morning Herald Column


Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

This year’s Financial Review Rich List reveals that Australia today has no fewer than 60 billionaires. For an economy in perpetual crisis, demanding sacrifices from the lowest wage earners, things are obviously working well for some people. Looking at this list it’s remarkable how few of our billionaires do anything at all for the arts. […]


Colin Lanceley 1938-2015

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 Blog,

Although he withdrew from the art scene suffering from declining health and a growing sense of disenchantment, Colin Lanceley’s work was one long chorus of joie-de-vivre. To look at his paintings from any period is to see an artist who believed, with Matisse, that art should be a celebration of life and beauty. In Lanceley’s […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

Saturday, March 9th, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

As Art Month begins, there’s no doubt the most talked-about show in town is Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan, at the National Art School Gallery. If last Saturday’s attendances at this exhibition were of any significance, one might imagine Sydney was infected by a passion for art. Despite the rainy weather a surprising number of people […]

Art Essays

Mike Parr, Denise Green, Art Month

Saturday, March 24th, 2012 Art Essays, Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Three weeks in, Art Month keeps rolling. The wine is still being sipped, the eager crowds scramble from one gallery to the next; the chatter is relentless. There’s always something else to say about Art, even if each new pronouncement tends to contradict the previous one. The unresolved issue hanging over this collective love-in for […]

Art Essays

Erased / The Primacy of Drawing

Saturday, March 5th, 2011 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Since its re-establishment as a fully independent institution, the National Art School has distinguished itself from its rivals by putting an exceptional emphasis on drawing. Even if a student is specialising in photography or ceramics, drawing remains a fundamental part of the course. The reasoning is simple: nobody ever suffered from being asked to draw. […]

Art Essays

Bernard Ollis

Thursday, August 31st, 2006 Australian Art, General Art Essays,

Bernard Ollis is one of those painters who elude easy categorization. This is at best a mixed blessing, because art historians love to be able to define an artist as an expressionist, a realist, a surrealist, or some plausible combination. Ollis is a little of each, but ultimately none of the above. He is a […]