Visit art galleries across Australia and you’ll tell that Australian art has evolved. Whether you are looking at artworks that stretch from the early 1970s to the 20th centuries, we’ve evolved. The Australian art scene has undergone a complete transformation over the years. In the past, Australian art focused on traditional painting with colonial artistic expression. In the modern Australian art world, we’ve focused on an antipode figurative art. What has remained constant in all this is the quality of artworks created by Australian artists. This is mind, below we explore some of the great Aussie art forms. This we’ll manage to achieve by looking at some of the famous paintings created by Australian artists.
Shearing The Rams
- Year: 1890
- Artist: Tom Roberts
Tom Robert’s Shearing The Ram painting starts off this famous paintings by Australian artists post. This iconic piece was a response to nationalistic sentiments in Australia. They are known to have developed in the 19th century. Like other talented artists, Tom Roberts used his painting techniques to bring light to this matter.
In this contemporary piece, Tom reflects an emergence of national identity. This emergence is defined through the wool industry’s economic importance and heroic rural activity. Like any other artist, Tom Roberts had several preliminary sketches before settling on the final piece. Once done, this work was exhibited in his studio in Collins Street, Melbourne before being publicly showcased.
Two-Headed Cocoon Man
- Year: 1983
- Artist: Peter Booth
Although regarded as Australian artists, Peter Booth is known to have spent his time as a child in the UK. Peter Booth had a particular type of art evident in all his work. For instance, you’ll note that all his art work are ominous paintings of rural and urban landscapes in Australia. Others, like this Two-Headed Cocoon Man contemporary art, include creatures meant to unsettle and disturb. All in all, Peter Booth tends to create art that portrays oppression. Furthermore, they portray mankind’s nature of destroying the thing. This Two-Headed Cocoon Man is actually one of his least sinister pieces.
- Year: 1904
- Artist: Frederick McCubbin
Frederick McCubbin always had a keen eye on what was going on in the country. In most cases, he managed to depict a perfect picture of the situation in the country through art. This is evident in his 1904 piece, The Pioneer. A few pioneers during the end of the 19th century started to show a sense of national identity.
Frederick McCubbin started creating a series of art movements that portrayed lives of great pioneers during this time. One such art is The Pioneer. This painting conveys an admiration McCubbin has for the tenacity and resilience of colonists. His used things like triptych to format in order to show his praise to the people’s spirit.
- Year: 1946
- Artist: Sidney Nolan
Another must mention in this top Australian artists and their famous work is Sidney Nolan. In fact, Sidney Nolan is arguably the second most famous Australian artists after Tom Roberts. As an artist, Nolan is mostly known for his surreal take on the going-on’s in Australia. In all his artworks, he has perfectly portrayed every aspect of Australia in a surreal take.
Many associate Sidney Nola with giving his Australia pieces an iconic photography touch. The Kneeling Kelly is one of many of his works that depicts a surreal take on matters Australia. Given the popularity and quality of his art work, finding art galleries to display his work is easy. One such art gallery is The Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square.
Collins St, 5p.m.
- Year: 1955
- Artist: John Brack
John Barack’s art work can be viewed from a modern perspective. He adopted back in the 1950s a modernised approach to Melbourne’s environment. This he, later on, expressed on his work as evident with the Collins St, 5p.m. Fun fact about this Brack’s art form is that it’s among the most iconic pieces throughout the end of the 1950s.
This piece by John Brack highlights the centre hub of Melbourne during the end of a busy working day. In this art piece, you get to see uniformly dressed office workers streaming homeward. John Brack himself inspired this contemporary art piece while journeying to work.
Like many others, he was employed and working at a city-based insurance company. During one of his daily routines Brack realized something about Melbourne’s centre hub. It was very busy and a abuzz with activities and people.
The Big Picture
- Year: 1901
- Artist: Tom Roberts
The Big Picture is another great masterpiece from Tom Roberts. It was officially titled, “The Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia”. The Big Picture ranks very high when it comes to popularity. This is a result of it being one of the many paintings found in the Parliament House. Viewing of Tom Robert’s The Big Picture is made available to the public in the Parliament House.
In terms of what this art portrays, it depicts the first sitting of the Australian parliament. It was held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne as opposed to in Canberra. Why? Canberra at that time wasn’t the nation’s capital. In fact, it was far from being finished. This painting was loaned to the Parliament of Australia from the Royal collection hence its presence.
A Holiday At Mentone
- Year: 1888
- Artist: Charles Conder
Ever wondered how the Australian beach life looked like? Want a picture that depicts the Australian beach life? This famous painting by Charles Conder is perfect for you. This contemporary art piece depicts a beach life situation in the suburb of Melbourne.
In this A Holiday At Mentone art piece, Conder depicts people engaging seaside. The weather on the beach is sunny and bright offering perfect beach vibes. In the picture, you’ll see a brilliant noonday sunshine mark that lends Australia a nice touch of character. In terms of exhibition, this art was first displayed at the Victorian Artists’ Society Spring exhibition. This was back in 1888 November, a month after Charles Conder turned 20.