Australian artist Frank Hodgkinson, 1919~2001, was a prominent abstract painter. He had a penchant for landscapes and Aboriginal culture.

Frank Hodkinson – Italian Drawings

These Italian drawings by Frank Hodgkinson have been extracted from a lifetime of the artist’s sketchbooks, dating from as early as 1947.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales once exhibited this collection of Italian drawings, receiving enormous public praise and high critical acclaim.

About Judith White

Judith White, born in 1951, is Australian painter of postwar and contemporary styles. She has been an artist for over 30 years and has featured in many solo exhibitions across Australia as well as overseas.

You can discover more about Judith White and her paintings on her website.

Judith White Paintings

The following Judith White paintings are a reference to a real environment; the estuary of the Corindi River in northern New South Wales.

The paintings are not necessarily descriptive, but in an abstract way refer to a state of flux and natural energy; a sense of chaos and random order in landscape. Each image is a part, or micro world of the continuum of natural forces beyond its’ boundaries.

The paintings seem to construct themselves with a natural randomness, where forms are suspended in an ambiguous element that could be light, or water; some are tangled or incarcerated. The position of the viewer is also subverted, with an illusive eye level.

At times the reference is primordial, a balance between growth and decay that renders irrelevant the need for human witness.

Patrick Carroll, painter, moved to Sydney in 1968 from Bathurst, NSW and began his career as an artist in 1973.

For the subsequent decades his paintings have captured the heart and soul of his surrounding landscape, consistently returning to Sydney for his subject matter and inspiration.

The intimacy and complexity of the beautiful city of Sydney from the harbour foreshores to the suburban sprawl is explored in Patrick Carroll’s paintings in oil and acrylic.

Patrick Carroll Paintings

The following Patrick Carroll paintings are inspired by the Sydney’s complexity and variety as an ever changing source of subject matter:

James Gleeson is recognised as one of Australia leading and most important surrealists painters.

During the 1960’s and 70’s he produced a series of small paintings depicting his distinctive imagery, that of an abstract, organic landscape, the percussor to the ‘psychoscape’ and the use of male nudes – well muscled men, in their prime, ideals of beauty and celebrations of masculinity.

James Gleeson’s paintings exude an almost prophetic atmosphere of ethereal light, a sort of ‘and God created Man’ statement – and yet they seem to also question the nature of reality.

James Gleeson Paintings from the 1960s & 1970s

Donald Friend is considered one of the most gifted draughtsman in Australian art.

He studied at the Royal Australian Art College (Sydney) under Datillo Rubbo, and the Westminster Art School (London).

Donald Friend was widely traveled, visiting Nigeria in 1938, then serving in Morotai, Borneo and Laubuan in 1945 as an official War artist. He also visited Italy, Columbia and Sri Lanka. Donald Friend is associated with Bali where he settled permanently between 1967-1982 and his work from this period is highly collectable.

In the late 40’s and early 50’s at Hill End, he painted with Margaret Olley and Russell Drysdale.

A winner of the Blake prize in 1955, Donald Friend was also awarded the University of Sydney medal for services to art in 1988.

His works have been shown in major exhibitions in Australia, Europe and America and a major retrospective of his work was mounted by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1990.

Donald Friend is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, all State galleries, many regional and institutional collections, and is widely collected throughout the world.

Donald Friend Paintings

Judy Cotton (or Judith Cotton) is an Australian born artist who has lived and worked in New York since 1971. Judy’s work is represented in: Metropolitan Museum of Art NY; Getty Trust of Los Angeles; New Orleans Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Art; Phillips Collection of Washington; National Gallery of Australia.

Judy’s father is Sir Robert Cotton K.C.M.G., A.O. Encouraged by his cousin and fellow photographer, Olive Cotton, Sir Robert Cotton adopted photography as a hobby – from home and abroad as Australian consul general in New York and Australian ambassador in Washington.

Robert’s photographs of the Australian landscape span 6 decades from 1939, following the footsteps of explorers Burke and Wills, and Charles Sturt to present day images.

Judy Cotton (Judith Cotton) Paintings

Examples of Judy Cotton paintings:

Sir Robert Cotton Photography

Examples of Sir Robert Cotton black & white Australian photography:

Patrick Shirvington spent 2001 as the Artist in Residence at the Arthur Boyd Studio, Bundanon. He works with both oil on canvas and watercolour / mixed media.

Being loyal to the landscape, Patrick is always moving into new territory from the subtle studies of a fragile microcosm of his environment to the large symphonic interpretation of the ever changing seasons.

Patrick Shirvington Paintings

Below are a sample of Patrick Shirvington’s paintings, or you can see more on his website.

William Boissevain Biography
William Biossevain (source: PerthNow)

Background

William Boissevain (often known as Wim) was born in New York in 1927. He studied at L’Academie des Beaux Arts, Paris and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. He has lived in Australia since 1947.

William (Wim) Boissevain enjoys a world-wide reputation as one of Australia’s most distinguished artists. His paintings hang in galleries and many important corporate and private collections throughout the world. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1978 for his services to the advancement of art.

Wim is the son of a Dutch diplomat was born in 1927 in New York, where he spent his childhood. He grew up moving around the world accompanying his parents to their various postings.

When William became an Australian citizen in 1949 he settled in Western Australia permanently having been seduced by the rich beauty of the Western Australian landscape.

He now lives in the beautiful hills area of Glen Forest.

Artistic style

Wim’s versatility and passion for colour inspire a vigorous treatment of his subject matter. Landscapes, Animals, Flowers and Nudes are brought to life by sublime nuances of design, decoration and sensuous line.

In his flower paintings, bunches of colour explode out of the canvas, whilst grace and tranquility emanate from his oil wash nudes.

His landscapes of the scrubby hills of W.A. also reflect great beauty. It is in the pursuit of harmony, that Boissevain captures our imaginations with the splendor of colour.

Awards

William Boissevain has won the following awards for his art:

  • Claude Hotchin Art Prize, 1959
  • Helena Rubenstein Prize for Portraiture, 1961
  • Perth Prize for Drawing International, Perth, Western Australia, 1971
  • Order of the British Empire, 1978

Special recognition

2005 – A portrait painted by William Boissevain of former Alcoa of Australia Chairman, Sir James Alexander Forrest has been included in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra

Exhibitions

Previous William Boissevain exhibitions:

  • Skinner Gallery, Perth – 1964, 1965, 1969, 1971
  • Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney – 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1995
  • Earl Gallery, Geelong, Victoria – 1977
  • Lister Gallery, Perth – 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984
  • Bay Gallery of Fine Art, Perth – 1989
  • Greenhill Gallery, Perth – 1994, 1997
  • Stafford Studios of Fine Art, Perth – 1993, 1996, 1998, 202, 204, 2006, 2007
  • Savill Galleries- 2001
  • Greythorn Galleries, Melbourne – 2007
  • Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney – 2004
  • Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney – 1998, 2000, 2008

Collections

William Boissevain collections may be found at the following locations:

  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Art Gallery of Tasmania
  • Murdoch University
  • Curtin University of Technology
  • Premier’s Department – Western Australia
  • Rural and Industries Bank, Perth
  • Wesley College, Western Australia
  • Orion Bank, Hong Kong and London
  • Alcoa – Perth, Melbourne and U.S.A.

Private collections

William Boissevain private collections are held by:

  • H.R.H. The Prince of Wales
  • Baroness Bentinck, Switzerland
  • The Emir of Bahrain
  • Sir Vincent Fairfax
  • The Holmes Court Collection
  • Lady McMahon
  • Sir Val Duncan
  • The Hon. Malcolm Fraser AC
  • Bailleau Myer
  • Garrick Agnew
  • Daniel Hill
  • Kamahl
  • ABBA
  • David Addenbrooke
  • AMP Perth
  • Joondalup Development Corporation
  • CSBP
  • Burswood Management Corporation
  • Westfarmers Ltd, Perth

Publications

William Boissevain features in the following publications:

  • Art and Aria, WA Opera Company, Fine Arts W.A., 1977
  • Art and Australia Vol.26, No4, 1989
  • Art and Australia Vol.30, No4, 1993
  • Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, Max Germaine, Lansdowne, Melbourne, 1979
  • Artists and Galleries of Australia, Vol.1, 1990, Max Germaine, Craftsman House
  • Artlook – W.A. Arts Magazine, Jan 1980
  • Artlook – W.A. Arts Magazine, Murray Mason, 1983
  • Australian Art Auction Records 1991 – 1993, Edward D. Craig, 8th ed., Australian Art Sales,
  • 1993
  • Australian Artist, “The Essence of my style is the effect that colour has with line.” Maud Kemp, 7/87
  • Australian Home Journal, July 1968
  • Australian Paintings – Earl Gallery by Ross Graphics
  • Contemporary Western Australian Painters and Printmakers, Freemantle Arts Centre Press, 1979
  • Home Beautiful, May 1990
  • Home and Garden “Classic Designs”, 1985
  • “Killing Cats and Karma”, Maureen Addenbrooke,Mo Chrohide, George Mulgrave
  • The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend Magazine, 1990
  • Vogue Living, March 1990
  • W.A. Arts Volume 1, No2, May 1987
  • Westerly, University of W.A. Press Nos 2 and 3, 1962
  • Westerly, University of W.A. Press No4, 1963
  • The Western Mail Magazine, “Painting Partners”, Janine Cohen, January 31, 1987
  • Wim Boissevain Exhibition – 17-Minute Video On Line Video, 1992
  • Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Alan McCulloch, Hutchinson Australia, 1984
  • William Boissevain – A Passion for Colour, Beagle Press, Sydney, 1998

References

Image source: PerthNow – William Boissevain shares new exhibit on colourful life