Burleigh Heads Beach, Queensland, Australia


Saturday, August 10, 2019

GALLERY OF MODERN ART BRISBANE

We took ourselves off for a visit to GoMA as we haven't been for a while. There was a Margaret Olley exhibition on and I rather like her work. When we arrived we discovered that there was also a Ben Quilty exhibition. Bill found is work very interesting and he liked it very much.

 We caught the bus into town to save parking fees. We walked along the riverside to GoMA.

 Outdoor sculptures reminds us that we are in the cultural centre of Brisbane.

After a coffee in the Sate Library Cafe we continued on to the Modern Art Gallery. When Bill saw some of Quilty's work we had to venture into his exhibition first. Ben Quilty, b. 1973 is an Australian artist and social commentator. He was a war artist in Afghanistan and he has visited many countries where there are refugee problems. He has won many prizes including the Archibald portrait prize. Rorschach tests, the old inkblots into which viewers project their own preoccupations, have been a major feature of his work in the past decade.


 Quilty's style is using thick layers of paint.


 This one was huge.

Bill was reading this sad story about this piece of art. There was another similar one on the next wall. This is only one of his social comment pieces. 


 Bill loved Quilty's style.



 Then we went into the Margaret Olley exhibition. Margaret Olley is one of Australia’s most significant still-life and interior painters. She drew inspiration from her home and studio and the beauty of the everyday objects she gathered around her. Born 24 June 1923 and died 25 July 2011.
Ben Quilty painted Margaret Olley's portrait, which won the Archibald prize. 

 I'm not all that fussed on still life but I do like her work very much.


I took heaps more photos but don't want to bore you any further.

24 comments:

  1. Two artists whose work was unfamiliar to me. Like Bill I'm rather drawn to the style of Ben Quilty. However if I had to live with a painting on my wall I'd opt for one of Margaret Olley's cool still-lifes.

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  2. A beautiful exhibition. I like what I see of Quilty's work. I also like all the colourful Olley paintings. The gallery looks very nice and very large.

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  3. I am not familiar with either of these artists' work but I like both their styles but would favour Quilty.

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  4. not boring at all. Quilty is really amazing, I would love to see those paintings. the detail is incredible.. the life jackets are heart breaking.. his painting of Ollie is fantastic. her art is beautiful and she is so gifted. I prefer Q or O if I were hanging one in my home. of course they would have to be tiny ones

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  5. Hello, I enjoyed both artists and exhibit. The Quilty paintings are amazing. The portrait of Ollie is beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing your visit. Have a happy day and a great new week ahead.

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  6. I also prefer Quilty's style, it's something special ! the still lives are so classical, each painter had at least done one even me but I added a cat !

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  7. I'm not familiar with these artists either and I'm not, as a rule, a lover of either Quilty's style as shown or of still life paintings. However Quilty's portrait of Margaret is, in my view, outstanding.

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  8. I have nothing but admiration for people who can paint - in any style. I just dont know how they do it.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  9. It is good to see "William of Tell" taking such a discerningly crafted analysis of these paintings.
    Would he be getting ready for a new job as an artistic judge of the creative world of art?
    Well done Diane with your photography.
    Colin

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  10. I admire Olley's still life paintings, they are always rich and engaging. I saw Quility's war paintings at the war memorial - not overly keen on his style but am impressed with the more recent works you have shown here.

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  11. What an interesting style of painting. I've never seen canvas that big before! Thanks for sharing these artworks with us.


    My Corner of the World

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  12. Both new to me, but very lovely. Great and unique.

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  13. The works of both of these artists are fascinating. It's wonderful you are able to visit exhibits such as these, but even more wonderful that you take us along with you through your photos.

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  14. I know little about Australian artists and we certainly never have an opportunity to see their works “live” so i really enjoyed seeing these pieces by Mr Quilty. We’ve seen several exhibits here lately that had social commentary pieces utilizing the refugee life vests and had never read about them being lethal. How awful. And I love his portrait of Margaret Olley! Thank you so much.

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  15. I enjoyed your post.
    Many thanks for sharing these artworks with us.

    All the best Jan

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  16. Olley was a most entertaining character but like you, still lifes aren't so interesting to me. Quilty is brilliant.

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  17. Two really top exhibitions Diane. I saw a documentary about Margaret Olley, she was a colourful character. I love the Ben Quilty portrait of her, he is an amazing artist 💙

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  18. Thanks for this art tour, Diane. i had never heard of these two artists before reading this post and seeing their works. The piece with the life jackets was very moving and so unfortunate.

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  19. Never boring here. Envy you close enough to an art gallery to visit relatively easily.. of course there were in cities we recently visited, but not enough time. Home in Oregon in too small a city.

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  20. Splendid post of such an interesting place. Thanks Diane :)

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