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Alanna
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8:47 pm Apr 06, 2009

Now there's just one thing that I find very much amiss here at SQ (and believe me it's hard to find a fault!), and that is that, despite what I believe to be a fairly strong following from the ranks of the Aussie stichers, there are absolutely NO Australian artists featured in the pattern selection!! Surely we must do something about this pronto, Meredith! I believe I've already suggested a few from the iconic Frederick McCubbin, but what about these Aussie greats?

Tom Roberts
Russell Drysdale
James Gleeson
Brett Whiteley
Sidney Nolan
Fred Williams
George W Lambert
Margaret Preston
William Dobell
Mawalan Marika
Grace Cossington Smith
Michael White
Norman Lindsay
and of course, Pro Hart

And that's just to get you started!!

Now surely we can find something in there to keep the Aussie troops represented! Very Happy
Meredith
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3:05 pm Apr 07, 2009

I am very much aware of that and do want to do something about it. I guess part of the problem is that I'm less familiar with Australian artists and also many of them are still under copyright and I'm definitely suffering from licensing fatigue. Any of those artists that have been dead at least 70 years? Confused
Alanna
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10:15 pm Apr 07, 2009

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Originally posted by Meredith
Any of those artists that have been dead at least 70 years? Confused


Hmmm, let's see...

Tom Roberts died in 1931 so he should definitely be safe
Drysdale not until 81
James Gleeson died just last year
Brett Whitely died in 92
Sidney Nolan also in 92 (sad year)
Fred Williams died in 82
George W Lambert died in 1930, that's another good one
Margaret Preston died in 63
William Dobell only in 1970
Mawalan Marika in 67
Grace Cossington Smith not until 84
Michael White is still producing beautiful art today
Norman Lindsay died in 69
and Pro Hart sadly died recently in 2006
Oh and Frederick McCubbin died a long long time ago in 1917 so he's definitely good!

So I suppose out of that list and avoiding licensing trauma, we're looking at only Frederick McCubbin, George W Lambert and Tom Roberts- well there may not be many but they're good'ns!

Let me think, who are some other good long-dead Aussie painters?

Well all the early colonial art is very botanical and natural-history themed: Sydney Parkinson, John Gould, Thomas Watling, Ferdinand Bauer, Augustus Earle and John Lewin- all long dead. And then there was Conrad Martens and John Eyre who did landscapes, also both long dead. John Glover was one of the first truly "Australian" artists, and he died in 1849. S.T.Gill painted stuff on the gold fields.
And then there was Arthur Streeton, although he didn't die until 1943, and Nora Simpson who only died in 74. Arthur Boyd also did great work, but then he was only recent, died in 99.
I guess the Heidelburg School was the first significant art movement in Australia, and one big artist from that time was Walter Withers, and he died in 1914. And Charles Conder too.

Oh there were some other good early ones: Eugene Von Guerard, William Strutt, Louis Buvelot and William Piguenit- all landscapey type paintings.

John Peter Russell died in 1930, George Washington Lambert also in 1930.

And then there was darling May Gibbs, but she didn't die until 69.

Clarice Beckett did beautiful things, she died in 36.

Dear me, I do believe I've been raving on for quite some time now! Anyway, that should get you started on the right track, I'd have to pull out all the old art books to give you any more information, but I see that Wikipedia has a page just on Australian artists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_artists all listed with their dates of death (how horrible to look at people in this light!!), so if you come up short there should be many artists in there I've forgotten.

Phew, I think I'll go and have a shot of brandy after all that! Very Happy
Meredith
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2:39 pm Apr 17, 2009

I know, it sounds awful to make the first question be "when did they die" but unfortunately that's an important point. I did some looking online and didn't find very many pictures that I could work from (too small, mostly). I'll keep working on it and thinking about it. I may have to mount an expedition to the art library at UT and see what I can find there.
Alanna
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6:44 pm Apr 17, 2009

Thanks, Meredith, I can see you're on the case!! Very Happy
Alanna
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8:55 pm Apr 27, 2009

Hurrah! Fredrick McCubbin joins the artists glorified by SQ patterns! Good job, Meredith! It's just a bugger that I'm currently stitching that piece already (and I can tell you the design is not nearly as detailed as yours). Anyway, it looks wonderful and I'm sure it's going to be very popular with the Aussie stitchers and Australiana enthusiasts everywhere! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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