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Australian painter, printmaker, book designer, lecturer, collector, gallery director and publisher of limited edition artists’ books, of Irish decent. He worked as a draughtsman before entering war service in the British Admiralty from 1940 to 1949, including five years in Colombo, where he made sketching trips to jungle temples with the Buddhist monk and artist Manjsiro Thero. Between ...

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Jan Minchin

He grew up in Warsaw. His father, the pseudonymous Jewish writer Melech Ravitch, owned books on German Expressionism, which were an early influence. Conscious of rising anti-Semitism in Poland, Ravitch visited Australia in 1934 and later arranged for his family to settle there. Bergner arrived in Melbourne in ...

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Australian, 20th century, male.

Born 1940.

Painter, sculptor, illustrator.

Peter Booth passed from Abstract-Minimal painting to a violent Expressionism in 1977, at which time he realised his first Figurative painting. His works frequently depict human misfortunes and torments, in chaotic compositions tinged with religious sentiments....

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Australian, 20th century, male.

Active also active in the USA.

Born 30 January 1885, in Kew (Melbourne); died 11 February 1969, in London.

Painter, draughtsman, stage set designer, engraver (etching, linocut), illustrator, writer, critic. Scenes with figures, portraits.

London Group.

Horace Brodzky was born in Australia but ultimately settled in Britain. In ...

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New Zealander, 20th century, male.

Active in Europe from 1926 to 1939.

Born 3 December 1897, in Dunedin; died 1954.

Painter, engraver, illustrator.

London Group.

Buckland-Wright illustrated many works, including the Sonnets of J. Keats, The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, Stendhal's ...

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Australian, 20th century, male.

Born 29 December 1939, in Geelong, Australia; died 29 September 1993, in New South Wales, Australia.

Conceptual artist, curator. Artists’ books

Art & Language.

Ian Burn attended the National Gallery School of Art in Melbourne, where he trained as a landscape and portrait painter. In ...

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New Zealander, 20th century, female.

Born 25 September 1902, in New Zealand.

Illustrator.

Berenice Butler exhibited at the Royal Society of Arts in London.

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New Zealander, 19th century, male.

Died 1907, in Lakewood.

Illustrator.

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Bridget Whitelaw

Swiss painter and illustrator of Russian birth, active in Australia. He spent his childhood in Russia and in 1845 returned to his father’s home town, Lausanne, where he studied painting at the Musée Arlaud under J. G. Guignard (1811–97). In 1851 he moved to London where he studied lithography under ...

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Robert Smith

Australian painter, printmaker, draughtsman, sculptor, cartoonist and illustrator. Largely self-taught, he began printmaking in 1931 and worked as a caricaturist, cartoonist and illustrator for the weekly and left-wing press, his outlook influenced by experience on the dole and political struggle during the Depression. In 1941...

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Australian, 20th century, female.

Born 9 May 1895, in Ashfield, Sydney; died 1935 or 1936, in Queensland, of meningitis.

Engraver, illustrator.

Olive Crane studied under Albert Collins at Julian Ashton's School of Art. She illustrated a number of books, including The City of Riddle-Me-Ree by Zora Cross...

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Australian, 19th century, male.

Born 1839, in Devonshire; died 1901.

Painter, illustrator. Scenes with figures, animals, landscapes.

James Waltham Curtis worked as an illustrator on the Graphic and Sketcher before settling in Melbourne in the 1850s. He worked as a photo retoucher at Johnstone, O'Shannessy and Co. and contributed illustrations to the ...

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Janda Gooding

Australian painter and book illustrator. Grand-daughter of a pioneer pastoralist of the Kimberley region in Western Australia, she first saw the Kimberley in her teens and was profoundly influenced by contact with the indigenous people. Working with her sister, Mary Durack (1913–94), she produced many illustrated children’s books that drew upon the lives and stories of indigenous children. The most popular children’s book was ...

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Australian, 20th century, male.

Born 28 June 1894, in Narrandera (New South Wales); died 25 April 1971, in Sydney.

Painter, engraver, illustrator. Landscapes, flowers.

Adrian Feint studied under Julian Ashton and Elioth Gruner at Sydney School of Art. In 1916 he joined the Australian Imperial Force and was sent to the Western Front. He was granted three months leave in ...

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Gavin Fry

Australian illustrator, painter and writer. He studied under Dattilo Rubbo (1871–1955) in Sydney before travelling to London to work (1935–6) under Mark Gertler and Bernard Meninsky (1891–1950). Extensive travel through Africa on his return journey to Australia helped develop his love of the exotic and an interest in non-Western art. In the early 1940s he worked in close association with Russell Drysdale, making a reputation as a talented figure and landscape draughtsman and colourist. He enlisted in the Australian army in ...

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Australian painter, etcher and illustrator, also active in England. In his formative years he undertook illustrative commissions for the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, as well as for the Australian Town and Country Journal and other publications. For a time he painted with his friends Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Charles Conder at their camps around Mosman, or on trips to Richmond and along the Hawkesbury River. In his best paintings of this period he achieved a lyricism and sure handling of paint that resembles the work of Conder. During this period he also became interested in etching. In ...

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Australian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1876, in Orange (New South Wales), in 1877 or 1878 according to other sources; died 1910, in Sydney.

Painter, watercolourist, illustrator, cartoonist. Figures, animals.

Henry Garlick studied under Arthur Collingridge at Orange Technical College in 1894. The following year he moved to Sydney where he worked as a solicitor's clerk and an illustrator while taking evening classes under Julian Ashton. His cartoons of animals were published in such journals as the ...

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New Zealander, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA from 1927.

Born 1885, in New Zealand; died 1962.

Watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator.

Harold Gaze studied in London. In 1927, he settled in Pasadena, California. His illustrations for children's books are characterised by their opalescent colours and his joyous sense of the grotesque. He often gave human form to rocks, waves or trees....

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Australian, 20th century, male.

Born 30 May 1928, in Broken Hill (New South Wales); died 28 March 2006, in Broken Hill.

Painter, illustrator. Scenes with figures, landscapes, portraits, still-lifes.

Brushmen of the Bush.

Pro Hart grew up on a sheep farm near Broken Hill, then a thriving mining town. In his early twenties he worked in the mines and while he produced a great many sketches of local life and occasionally attended art class, he only began painting full-time at the age of thirty. He earned the nickname "Professor", later shortened to "Pro", due to his propensity for invention. In ...

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Australian, 20th century, female.

Born 26 September 1909, in Newmarket, Melbourne; died 6 July 1999, in Adelaide.

Painter, printmaker, illustrator, designer. Landscapes, seascapes.

Elaine Alys Haxton studied at East Sydney Technical College from 1924 to 1928. While still a student, she worked as an advertising illustrator and designer. In 1932 she travelled to London where she contributed illustrations to ...