• MARIAN ELLIS ROWAN – Blue Flowers

    Ellis Rowan blurred the lines between fine art and natural history illustration with artworks characterised not only by their detailed accuracy but also her own compositional charm and touches of dramatic interest.

    (Blue Flowers, possibly Scaevola Basedowii) depicts a centrally placed display of the spidery network of branches juxtaposed with the delicate small blue flowers…

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  • MARIAN ELLIS ROWAN August – September 2021

    Marian Ellis Rowan (1848 – 1922) was a remarkable woman who travelled around the world to capture exotic flora in her elegant paintings. First inspired by the gardens of her youth at Mount Macedon, Victoria and family connections to government botanist Ferdinand von Mueller, she became a celebrated artist known for depicting wildflowers and birdlife, recording numerous botanical species throughout remote Australia; New Zealand; the United Kingdom; the United States of America and Papua New Guinea…..

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  • In The Spotlight…Robert Dickerson

    Robert Dickerson Landscape with Figures

    Dickerson’s reputation as an artist was established during the 1950s with the support of John Reed and Rudy Komon with whom he exhibited from 1959. His figurative work portrays individuals in both urban and rural settings with an overriding emotional mood and psychological insight, all conveyed in his unique and recognisable visual language, one he continued with throughout his artistic practice.

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  • In The Spotlight…Charles Conder

    This small, rapidly painted sketch belongs to Conder’s Melbourne years (1888-90) and is typical of his en plein air style. This was a style, developed in the ateliers of Paris and in the summer painting ‘camps’ of rural France in the 1870s that involved the artist capturing and holding the essence of the moment and the scene as he or she stood in […]

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  • A Closer Look At… John Dent large-scale paintings

    Dent Natura Morta Marta

    This is the final week to view our current exhibition John Dent: Between Two Countries and we invite you to take A Closer Look At… John Dent’s larger paintings in the exhibition. The subject matter of the larger paintings crosses a broad range: landscapes; interiors; figures; still lifes – all themes with a long tradition […]

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  • A Closer Look At… John Dent in Paris

    In our next A Closer Look At… we examine the paintings of Paris by John Dent which are redolent with atmosphere, indicative of his ability to absorb the sense of place he discovered there. Mostly, these are quiet introspective moments, a captured snapshot in time. The street scenes take the viewer on a promenade with […]

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  • RECONCILIATION WEEK

    As RECONCILIATION WEEK draws to a close I enjoyed watching the AFL match last night for the Dreamtime Round. It’s great to see indigenous recognition and reconciliation in all forms and in many industries.  This years theme is MORE THAN A WORD, RECONCILIATION TAKES ACTION, urging the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. At […]

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  • A Closer Look At… John Dent Still Life Paintings

    In our series of A Closer Look At… essays, we examine an aspect of current exhibited artworks. In the first of these for John Dent: Between Two Countries, we further consider the intriguing still life paintings where a range of commonplace objects are carefully placed in juxtaposition to each other and the space between them, […]

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  • JOHN DENT : Exhibition Opening at LDFA Sat 15 May 2021 at 2pm

    John Dent: Between Two Countries featuring 50 paintings from the earlier years of his ongoing career, painted in both Australia and France. A rare opportunity to view the collection together on a scale not seen since Dent’s retrospective at Castlemaine Art Gallery in 1994. Subjects range from intriguing and elegant still lifes; atmospheric interiors and […]

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  • PETER CHURCHER: THE FIRST DECADE

    Join us in the exhibitions final week, where you have a rare opportunity to view and purchase a selection of artworks from Churcher’s impressive first decade of his career, which examines the beginning and following the growth and establishment of his career as an artist. Churcher’s artistic concern from the outset was the human figure […]

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