Australian Art Collection

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Bringing together art from different times and across cultures, QAGOMA’s Australian Art Collection captures major historical moments from first contact to colonisation, and exploration to immigration. Bringing the Indigenous and contemporary Australian collections together with the Gallery’s historical holdings, this display emphasises stories about Queensland and Brisbane from the region’s own perspective.

Major contemporary works by Helen Johnson, Daniel Boyd, Dale Harding, Alick Tipoti and Sonja Carmichael feature among celebrated and iconic pieces by Gordon Bennett, Arthur Boyd, Rupert Bunny, William Dobell, Ian Fairweather, Ethel Carrick Fox, R Godfrey Rivers, Sam Fullbrook, Vida Lahey, Sidney Nolan and many more.

QAGOMA has spent 120 years of building its Collection and there are many stories to tell; in doing so, we acknowledge that we live in a country with a complex history. And then we let the works speak for themselves.


Dick Watkins, The Mooche1968

Dick Watkins, Australia b.1937 / The Mooche 1968 / Synthetic polymer paint (PVA) and oil on canvas / The James C Sourris, AM, Collection. Gift of James C Sourris, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Dick Watkins/Licensed by Viscopy.

John Olsen, Journey into the you beaut country no. 2

John Olsen. Australia b.1928 / Journey into the you beaut country no. 2 1961 / Oil on composition board / Acquired 1961. H.C. Richards Memorial Prize (winning entry) / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Queensland Art Gallery.

Tracey Moffatt, Beauties (in wine) 1994

Tracey Moffatt, Australia/United States b.1960 / Beauties (in wine) 1994 / Black and white photograph, colour tinted in lab during printing process on paper / Purchased 2008 with funds from Xstrata Community Partnership Program Queensland through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.

Russell Drysdale, Man feeding his dogs

Russell Drysdale, Australia 1912-1981 / Man feeding his dogs 1941 / Oil on canvas / Gift of C.F. Viner-Hall 1961 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Queensland Art Gallery.

Yvonne Koolmatrie, Bi-plane 2006

Yvonne Koolmatrie, Australia b.1944 / Bi-plane 2006 / Coil-woven sedge grass and river rushes / Purchased 2006 with funds from Cathryn Mittelheuser, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.

Michael Zavros, Bad dad 2013

Michael Zavros, Australia b.1974 / Bad dad 2013 / Oil on canvas / Purchased 2016 with funds raised through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation Appeal / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.

Sonja Carmichael, Ngugi people of Quandamooka, Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), Australia b.1958 / Deranji Dabayil (Rocky place, healing waters): Baskets of Culture 2017

Sonja Carmichael, Ngugi people of Quandamooka, Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), Australia b.1958 / Deranji Dabayil (Rocky place, healing waters): Baskets of Culture 2017 / Commercial raffia and ghost net strands / Commissioned 2017. Queensland Art Gallery / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.


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