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Sidney Nolan RA centenary symposium
22 april, 11:00-17:00
Held on the centenary of the seminal Australian painter's birth, this one-day symposium aims to offer a unique perspective on the life and work of Sydney Nolan RA, and consider the significance and impact of his work on artists and art practice today.
A self-described 'citizen of the world', Sidney Nolan RA travelled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, China, Australia and Antarctica, living in England in the latter part of his life but regularly returning to Australia and abroad. Nolan was internationally celebrated in his life-time and is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading artists of the 20th century. His vibrant use of colours, depictions of light, unexpected compositions and chosen subject-matter arguably allude not only to his Australian heritage but to his international experiences and unique perspective. Having spent significant time working and painting in England, he was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 with the Diploma Work Self-portrait in Youth (1986), now held in the Royal Academy’s Collection.
The work of Nolan provides a rich example of the artist as polymath, with expertise and innovation across different subjects and approaches. The symposium will feature conversations around materiality and the artistic process, and the incorporation and experimentation of different media and methods; critically relevant for artists working today and in the future. Themes include the global artist and internationalism, the artist as polymath, and materiality and the artistic process.
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