National Art: Part One

NAS Tim Maguire, 20091108, 2009 (detail)On show from Wednesday 15 August, the National Art School will unveil National Art: Part One – a major new exhibition celebrating the work of fifty accomplished living Australian artists, all of whom are alumni of the School.

National Art: Part One presents work by some of the nation’s most accomplished and respected artists across multiple generations, with works spanning a broad spectrum of mediums. Artists include Charles Blackman, Fiona Hall, Fiona Lowry, Susan Norrie, John Olsen, Robert Owen, Joan Ross, Julie Rrap, Gary Shead, and Tim Storrier and Ken Unsworth.

All works presented in National Art: Part One will be accessioned into the National Art School Collection, providing an outstanding resource for current students and the general public for years to come.

“This extraordinary body of over 160 works by 50 Australian artists who studied at the National Art School includes works created from 1947 through until the current day,” said Steven Alderton, Director and CEO of the National Art School. “The exhibition represents a powerful expression of the artists’ generosity and the affection they hold for the National Art School, whose history and contribution to Australian art and culture can be traced back 150 years.”

Accompanying the exhibition will be a significant publication featuring high-quality images of all works, artists’ statements and a biographical summary, as well as commissioned texts by Deborah Beck and John McDonald that expand on the themes of the exhibition.

From abstract and expressive fields, experimentation with form, colour, light and line, to cultural landscapes and political perspectives; lyrical, Dada and Surreal to interior viewpoints and the everyday – the publication sets out to address the many elements this eloquent project encompasses.

National Art: Part One
National Art School Gallery (NAS Gallery), Forbes Street, Sydney
Exhibition: 15 August – 27 October 2018
Free admission

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Image: Tim Maguire, 20091108, 2009 (detail), oil on canvas, 180 x 168 cm. Gift of Tim Maguire, 2018.