William Robinson: landscape painter extraordinaire

William Robinson ‘Nerang River Pool’ Here’s a painting by the Australian painter William Robinson (born Brisbane 1936-). I think he’s one of the best painters in the world currently working. In his recent work he mainly paints the coastal rainforest of Queensland, Australia. These are not simple, cursory paintings. Paint slapped on. They have a…

Landscape painter Eugene Von Guerard: Nature Revealed or not?

Eugene Von Guerard  ‘Tower Hill’ 1855  Oil on Canvas I caught up with a painting buddy in Melbourne recently and we went to an exhibition of Eugene Von Guerard’s (1811-1901) paintings and drawings at NGV Australia. We had a great time talking about everything except the Von Guerard paintings and probably annoyed everyone in the…

Art of the landscape: Best Australian painters 1

Australia has a rich history of painting the landscape. In the western tradition going back to the First Fleet in 1788 and in aboriginal art way beyond that. Here’s just a sample of my favourite ones. Those who influenced me, those who taught me and those whom I aspire to be like. Jeff Makin 1943-…

An odd match: The Australian bush landscape and Dame Joan Sutherland.

I’ve never listened to opera much when I paint. It’s just too distracting. All those high notes and drama going on. Or classical music in general really. (Though I broke that rule last week as NPR  has a new recording of  Tchiakovsky’s  ‘The Nutcracker’  conducted by Simon Rattle online. It’s absolutely superb.) Recently my favourite…