Sidney Nolan Illuminations

The Sidney Nolan Centenary runs throughout 2017.

Illuminations was influenced by the work of nineteenth century French Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891).

Nolan was a visual mythmaker, an artist whose innovative and powerful paintings of the Australian experience have changed the ways we see ourselves. Forever the innovator, in the 1980s Nolan began experimenting with spray can paint, which enabled him to blend colours on the canvas to create layer upon layer of paint.





Franz West

West was unclear about his aims in life and sometimes said he started making art “mostly to calm my mother, who was fed up that I did nothing.”

He started making crude drawings around 1970 before moving on to painted collages incorporating magazine images that showed the influence of Pop Art. He was also attracted to newsprint as a material both to paint on and to moisten and form into tentative objects.

Wim Delvoye – Anti Hero

Much like Martin Creeds Work No. 660 (Shit Film), Wim Delvoyes ‘Art Farm’ brings about a visceral reaction in the viewer. They’re aren’t many who wouldn’t be disgusted by the notion of tattooing a defenceless animal, but you can’t deny the beauty of of a tattoed pig and the effortless way in which he gets his point across, but what is his point?

“Delvoye began painting over wallpaper and carpets, coloring in the existing patterns and defying the tendency towards free expression vibrant in the art world at the time.”[wiki]

“The strength of Wim Delvoye lies in his ability to engineer conflict by combining the fine arts and folk art, and playing seriousness against irony.”[4] usak_2011