Hi, thanks so much for visiting IPaintAustralia.com, where I dedicate this article to celebrating the artists of Australia, as well as their artwork. And, not every artist who has brought the Australian culture to life on canvas and film has been a native. For example, in 2014, we lost artist Pio Carlone, who although born in Bari, Italy, became an Australian citizen in 1979, and was particularly well known for his magnificent and colorful views of Sydney Harbour and the ocean.
Then, of course is Shaun Tan who was born in Western Australia, who won an Academy Award in 2011 for his animated adaptation of his book, “The Lost Thing.”
No discussion regarding the art of Australia would be complete without the subject matter of Indigenous Australian Art, and the great Albert Namatjira, the Aboriginal artist who lived from July 1902 – August 1959. Mr. Namatjira’s magnificent watercolors of the Outback landscape are simply breathtaking.
Margaret Preston (1875-1963), who was born in Adelaide, was not only known for “progressive” art, but also as an advocate for women’s and Indigenous rights.
The list goes on and on, and this post of course only touches on what could surely become an entire series. I hope to share more of what I discover!