Early restoration decisions were influenced by changing fashions and politics, or practical necessities such as difficulty with cleaning.
Vincent Namatjira, a Western Arrernte artist, is Albert Namatjira’s great-grandson. His genre is portraiture, but with a twist: loaded with satire and post-colonial politics.
The portraits hold up a mirror to a society that has underappreciated the Windrush generation for far too long.
Yevonde’s photographs celebrated women’s creativity, ingenuity and individuality which, she argued, was often expressed through colour.
Yevonde was a celebrated portraitist, innovative colourist and advocate for women in the profession. In short, a pioneer.
In a 1959 essay, Capote noted how Avedon seemed to capture ‘every hard-earned crow’s foot’ in his subjects – perhaps not realizing that he would one day be photographed by that same unvarnished gaze.
Americans of all stripes have long embraced the culture of the ancient Mediterranean, using ancient ideals to navigate a new world.
Coming together for a portrait creates playful opportunities for social interactions among strangers.
A retrospective of John Byrne’s work over six decades reveals why he is one of Scotland’s most important artists.
In its centenary year, the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales could not resist the symbolism of awarding the Archibald Prize to Peter Werner’s portrait of the 100 year old Guy Warren.
It’s 100 years since the Art Gallery of NSW first held the Archibald Prize. Though loathed by some critics, it is an annual snapshot of the kind of society we are, and who our heroes might be.
The Archibald Prize celebrates its centenary with a list of finalists that includes plenty of artists’ portraits and some notable change makers.
Not everything that was painted can be taken as fact.
Flies have long held symbolic meaning in the history of art. In portraits made in Renaissance Europe, the presence of a fly symbolizes the transience of human life.
For the first time in its 99 year-history, the Archibald Prize has been won by an Indigenous painter. The Wynne and Sulman Prize winners also signal a time of change.
Online sleuthing and deductive reasoning identifies what appears to be the only existent portrait painted of the celebrated scientist during his lifetime.
The Head On Photo Festival showcases documentary photography. Luckily, it’s an artform that lends itself well to online display and celebration.
Hugh Ramsay’s Two girls in white, was painted just two years before he died at the age of 28 in 1906. It is the central work in the National Gallery of Australia’s survey exhibition.
Lynes was a highly sought-after commercial and fashion photographer in the 1930s and 1940s. But he had to keep his most important body of work hidden away.
McNaughton’s works elicit giddy mockery from the left and effusive love from the right. Why do they resonate so strongly?