14 Sep 2019 – 2 Feb 2020
QAG | Gallery 4 | Free
Jon Molvig (1923-70) spent the greater part of his productive life in Brisbane where he dominated the art scene into the late 1960s. Brisbane was the catalyst for his major work, providing him with scope for his expressionist view of the world. Outspoken and rebellious, Molvig was also a charismatic teacher whose uncompromising commitment to painting inspired a group of young artists. This survey acknowledges his contribution to the local art community, features his early, vibrant works drawing on European influences and brings his stylistic eclecticism to the fore.
Accompanying the exhibition, the first substantial publication on Jon Molvig for three decades, will feature new scholarship on Molvig’s unique contribution to Australian art. The publication is supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation.
Jon Molvig, Australia 1923–70 / The bridesmaids 1956 / Oil on hardboard / 152.4 x 122cm / Hassall Collection / © Otte Bartzis.
Jon Molvig, Australia 1923-70 / Blue nude c.1959 / Oil on composition board / 76.8 x 101.3cm / Purchased 1980 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Otte Bartzis.
Jon Molvig, Australia 1923-70 / Self portrait 1956 / Oil on composition board / 142.3 x 114.3 cm / Gift of the National Gallery Society of Queensland 1958 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © QAGOMA.