SIR SIDNEY NOLAN (1917 - 1992)

One of the most prestigious artists in Australia art history, Nolan holds a wide international reputation. Nolan is represented in all state, regional and national collections, as well as collections in Europe, UK and USA . He has been awarded numerous honours including the Harkness Fellowship (1956), Britannica Australia Award (1969), Hons. D.Litt (ANU). In 1981 he was knighted for his service to art, and in 1983 received the Order of Merit from the Queen.

Nolan is considered a giant of twentieth century Australian art. Like Arthur Boyd and Russell Drysdale, he may be termed a visual myth maker, an artist whose expression of the Australian experience extends the way we see ourselves. A bold modernist, the young Nolan was unafraid of using radically simplified forms - the most famous of which is his stark Ned Kelly. The internationally acclaimed Kelly paintings have become icons of the national visual repertoire and earned Nolan a unique position in the history of modern Australian art.

Nolan also traveled widely in search of visual and cultural experiences which have crystallized his views on the extraordinary quality of Australian light. His Central Australian landscape series captures the vast and isolated environment, combined with the cool stillness of desert evening skies. These paintings are vividly depicted with bright yellow, orange and purple hues, evoking the harsh but vibrant Australian outback.

  - Lijiang River Guilin
Lijiang River Guilin (1981) Photolithograph 25/99 72 x 57cm

  - Lijiang River Guilin
Lijiang River Guilin (1981) Photolithograph 25/99 72 x 57cm

  - Lijiang River Guilin
Lijiang River Guilin (1981) Photolithograph 63/99 72 x 57cm

  - Lijiang River Guilin
Lijiang River Guilin (1981) Photolithograph 72/99 72 x 57cm

  - Riverbend
Riverbend (1981) Photolithograph 82/99 72 x 57cm

  - Mrs Reardon at Glenrowan (Kelly series 1)
Mrs Reardon at Glenrowan (Kelly series 1) (1970) Screenprint AP 55 x 70cm

  - Near Glaenrowan (Kelly series 3)
Near Glaenrowan (Kelly series 3) (1980) Screenprint 45/60 50 x 63cm

  - Glenrowan (Kelly series 1)
Glenrowan (Kelly series 1) (1970) Screenprint AP 55 x 70cm

  - The Questioning (Kelly series 2)
The Questioning (Kelly series 2) (1978/1979) Screenprint 25/75 61 x 72cm

  - The Burning Tree (Kelly series 2)
The Burning Tree (Kelly series 2) (1978/1979) Screenprint 26/75 61 x 72cm

  - After Glenrowan (Kelly series 3)
After Glenrowan (Kelly series 3) (1980) Screenprint 51/60 63 x 50cm

  - The Alarm (Kelly series 1)
The Alarm (Kelly series 1) (1971) Screenprint AP 55 x 70cm

  - Horizon and Wildflowers
Horizon and Wildflowers (1960) Mixed media 52 x 64cm

  - Night
Night (1982) Screenprint 73/100 55 x 69cm

  - The Slip (Kelly series 1)
The Slip (Kelly series 1) (1971) Screenprint AP 55 x 70cm


The Watchtower screenprint 26/75 61 x 72cm


The Defense of Aaron Sherritt screenprint A/P 70 x 54cm