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Booth, Peter  

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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Brodzky, Horace  

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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Buckland-Wright, John  

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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Burn, Ian  

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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Butler, Berenice  

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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Crane, Olive Kathleen  

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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Feint, Adrian  

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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Garlick, Harry G.  

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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Gaze, Harold  

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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Hart, Pro  

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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Haxton, Elaine Alys  

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 ...

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Hodgkinson, Frank  

Australian, 20th century, male.

Born 1919, in Sydney; died 2002.

Painter, illustrator.

After training as an artist from 1937 to 1939, Frank Hodgkinson worked as an illustrator for newspapers in Sydney and Melbourne. After World War II he came to Europe and studied in England, France, Spain and Italy ...

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Kelly, Felix  

New Zealander, 20th century, male.

Active in Britain from the late 1930s or early 1940s; also active in the USA.

Born 1916, in New Zealand; died 3 July 1994, in Devonshire, England.

Painter, illustrator, set designer, cartoonist, decorator. Landscapes with figures, seascapes, landscapes, murals.

Felix Kelly was born in New Zealand and came to Britain before World War II. He worked in advertising for a time, then took up painting seriously during the war. He also worked in the USA and became known as a painter of country houses in both countries. He painted in a Neo-Romantic style, depicting fantastic landscapes and buildings, both imagined ( ...

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Lindsay, Lionel (Sir)  

Australian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 17 October 1874, in Creswick (Victoria); died 21 May 1961, in Hornsby, Sydney.

Engraver, illustrator.

Lionel Lindsay was the brother of Norman Lindsay. As a child, he would copy illustrations from magazines such as Punch and became a great admirer of the work of Charles Keene. At the age of 16 he began working as an illustrator for the ...

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Lindsay, Norman Alfred William  

Australian, 20th century, male.

Born 22 February 1879, in Creswick (Victoria); died 21 November 1969, in Springwood (New South Wales).

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, illustrator, sculptor.

Norman Lindsay was the younger brother of Lionel Lindsay. In 1896 he moved to Melbourne where he covered his brother's illustration job at the ...

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Nankivell, Frank Arthur  

Australian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active in the USA.

Born 1869, in Maldon; died 1959.

Illustrator, engraver.

Frank Arthur Nankivell studied in Japan and San Francisco. He settled in New York in 1896 and may have worked for a humorous magazine entitled Puck. He also made etchings....

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Nolan, Sidney Robert (Sir)  

Australian, 20th century, male.

Active also active in England from 1953.

Born 1917, in Melbourne; died 1992, in London.

Painter, engraver, illustrator, designer, lithographer. Figure compositions, landscapes, landscapes with figures.

Sidney Nolan was a pupil at the National Gallery Art School, Melbourne, from 1934 to 1936, where he studied under Charles Wheeler. He continued his training in Paris, in 1937, at Hayter's Atelier 17. He did his military service between 1942 and 1945, and discovered the landscapes of southern Australia. He visited Europe between 1950 and 1951. After travelling around Greece, he moved to London in 1953....

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Spence, Percy F. Seaton  

Australian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1868, in Sydney; died September 1933, in London.

Painter, illustrator. Portraits.

Percy Spence spent his early life in Fiji, and exhibited with the Art Society of New South Wales in Sydney. He travelled to London in 1895, where he lived until ...

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Spowers, Ethel  

Australian, 20th century, female.

Born 11 July 1890, in South Yarra, Melbourne; died 5 May 1947, in East Melbourne.

Engraver, illustrator. Figures, scenes with figures, landscapes.

Contemporary Group.

Ethel Spowers published two drawings in The Australian at the age of 15. She briefly took classes at the Académie Delecluse in Paris before attending the National Gallery School in Melbourne ...

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Wadham, Percy  

Australian, 20th century, male.

Born in Adelaide.

Draughtsman, illustrator.

Percy Wadham studied under T.S. Cooper and Chapman and drew illustrations for books and magazines.