Australian Art Collection

PERMANENT
QAG | Gallery 10, Gallery 11, Gallery 12, Gallery 13, Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Galleries | Free

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.


Due to COVID-19 impacts we were unable to include video artworks in the above virtual tour.

R. Godfrey Rivers Under the jacaranda

R. Godfrey Rivers, England/Australia 1858-1925 / Under the jacaranda 1903 / Oil on canvas / Purchased 1903 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery.

Danie Mellor, Mamu/Ngadjonji and Anglo-Australian heritage, Australia b.1971 / The pleasure and vexation of history 2017

Danie Mellor, Mamu/Ngadjonji and Anglo-Australian heritage, Australia b.1971 / The pleasure and vexation of history 2017 / Wax pastel, wash with oil pigment, watercolour and pencil on paper / 220 x 140cm / The Taylor Family Collection. Purchased 2019 with funds from Paul, Sue and Kate Taylor through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Danie Mellor.

Hilda Rix Nicholas / The fair musterer 1935

Hilda Rix Nicholas / The fair musterer 1935 / Oil on canvas / 102.3 x 160.4cm / Purchased 1971 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Estate of the artist.

Jeffrey Smart, Australia/Italy 1921-2013 / The traveller 1973

Jeffrey Smart, Australia/Italy 1921-2013 / The traveller 1973 / Synthetic polymer paint and oil on canvas / 100.5 x 116cm / Purchased 1975 with the assistance of an Australian Government Grant through the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © QAGOMA.

John Russell, Australia/France 1858-1930 / (View from Hotel Jouve, plage de la Sallis, looking towards the medieval walls and the Grimaldi Castle, Antibes) 1892

John Russell, Australia/France 1858-1930 / (View from Hotel Jouve, plage de la Sallis, looking towards the medieval walls and the Grimaldi Castle, Antibes) 1892 / Oil on canvas / 60.7 x 73.9cm / Gift of Lady Trout through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 1980 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

William Dobell, Australia 1899-1970 / The Cypriot 1940

William Dobell, Australia 1899-1970 / The Cypriot 1940 / Oil on canvas / Gift of the Godfrey Rivers Trust through Miss Daphne Mayo 1943 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © QAGOMA.

Nellie Ngampa Coulthard, Yankuntjatjara people, Australia b.1947 / Tjuntala Ngurangka (Country with Acacia Wattle) 2018

Nellie Ngampa Coulthard, Yankuntjatjara people, Australia b.1947 / Tjuntala Ngurangka (Country with Acacia Wattle) 2018 / Synthetic polymer paint on linen / 167 x 198cm / Purchased 2018. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane / © Nellie Ngampa Coulthard/Copyright Agency, 2020.

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Self portrait #1 1992, printed 2013

William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Self portrait #1 1992, printed 2013 / Inkjet print on paper / 87 x 119cm (comp.) / Purchased 2013. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation Grant / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © William Yang.


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