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Sidney Nolan (Sir)

Born, 1917 in Melbourne, Australia. Died, 1992

From the catalogue Commonwealth Artists of Fame 1952 - 1977 (Commonwealth Art Gallery, London, 1 June - 3 July 1977): “Born in Melbourne. His studies were intermittent. His series of paintings on the theme of the bushranger Ned Kelly marked the beginning of a reputation which became international. That series was followed by  another of large paintings in ripolin on the Australian interior - a landscape then comparatively unknown. Nolan had flown over the country and the paintings were carried out from aerial photographs. Over a number of years an intensive programme of work produced many paintings of outback subjects interpreted with characteristic imagination and feeling of mystery. He travelled, studed and painted in Europe, America, Japan, Mexico, Greece, Egypt and East Africa. Many exhibitions of his work have been held, one of the most important being the large retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, in 1957. He has designed sets for ballets and plays and illustrated and designed dust-jackets for books. He has received a number of prizes, fellowships and awards. Sidney Nolan has been described as one of the leading painters of our time.”

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