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Sam Fullbrook: Delicate Beauty

Mt Cooroy with Bunya Pines

Sam Fullbrook, Australia 1922-2004 / Mt Cooroy with Bunya Pines 1966-67 / Oil on canvas / Gift of J.P. Birrell, Lorant Kulley and P. Conn 1967 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © QAGOMA


Sam Fullbrook / Ernestine Hill 1970 / Oil on canvas / Gift of the artist 1972 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © QAGOMA


Publication: Sam Fullbrook: Delicate Beauty

5 April – 10 August 2014
Glencore Queensland Artists’ Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)

Opening Hours
Daily: 10.00am – 5.00pm

One of Australia’s most influential postwar painters, Sam Fullbrook (1922–2004) was a highly skilled colourist and tonalist, often described as a painter’s painter. Admired by the public, critics and artists alike, Fullbrook’s works are evocative and timeless. The Gallery holds a significant group of works by the artist and has built on these by borrowing from public and private collections, especially local collections, to mount this exhibition — the first since 1995 to offer a considered perspective on Fullbrook’s work.


Published in association with the exhibition ‘Sam Fullbrook: Delicate Beauty’, this catalogue features some of Fullbrook’s most important portraits — including Ernestine Hill 1970, one of the Queensland Art Gallery’s most beloved paintings — landscapes and racetrack paintings, with a focus on works produced when the artist resided in south-east Queensland.

Beautifully illustrated and featuring an interview with the artist by John Cruthers, Sam Fullbrook: Delicate Beauty is the first substantial publication of the intimate and highly individual works of Sam Fullbrook to be produced by a state gallery in almost two decades. 

The publication will be available for purchase from the QAGOMA Store and online

Past Programs and Events
‘Sam Fullbrook: Delicate Beauty’ Queensland Week Talk | 12.30pm Tuesday 3 June
Delve further into the life and work of Sam Fullbrook, one of Queensland’s finest painters and documenters of the Queensland landscape and its people,  with Angela Goddard, Curator, Australian Art to 1975, QAGOMA.
Opening Weekend | 2.30pm Saturday 5 April
Join Angela Goddard, Curator, Australian Art to 1975, QAGOMA on the opening weekend of ‘Sam Fullbrook: Delicate Beauty’ as she reflects on the life and work of one of Australia’s finest post-World War II painters.