Macquarie Galleries, Sydney (label attached verso); The Estate of the late James O. Fairfax AC, New South Wales, acquired from the above in 1968;
Deutscher and Hackett, Important Australian Works of Art from the Estate of the late James O. Fairfax AC, Sydney, 30/08/2017, Lot No. 22
Recent Paintings and Drawings by Justin O’Brien, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 16 – 28 October 1968, cat. 6 Merioola and after, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 12 July – 17 August 1986; Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, 28 August – 5 October 1986; Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong, 16 October – 16 November 1986, cat. 75 (dated as c. 1967);
Justin O’Brien and Friends: a birthday celebration, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 6 – 30 August 1987, cat. 24 (illus., dated as c. 1967, exhibition catalogue and back cover);
Justin O’Brien: The Sacred Music of Colour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 December 2010 – 27 February 2011, cat. 61.
Metamorphosis: Still Life into a Landscape is from Olsen’s much loved kitchen series. The aquatic ingredients for a delicious paella float within, above and beyond the pan, loosely joined by an almost calligraphic, dancing line which plays across the gentle golden picture plain. A high horizon hints at the vastness of the Australian landscape in this joyous and gentle picture, a mature work from one of our country’s most celebrated living artists.
signed ‘William Robinson, 2003’ lower right corner
Private collection, Queensland
It has been said that William Robinson has changed the way we perceive the Australian landscape. His vision is a unique one and paintings from the artist’s most popular rainforests series reveal the enduring power of nature from a multi-dimensional perspective. These paintings inspire awe with their multi-perspective views of the lush rainforest canopy and as a viewer one feels swept into, around and throughout the picture.
In 2003 Robinson’s major works were surveyed at the S.H Ervin Gallery in Sydney. The year 2003 was a high point in the artist’s career and the rainforest paintings from this period are widely regarded to be among the artist’s finest works.
stamped lower left with artist's monogram, dated lower right 21 Aug 79
52 x 41.5cm
Acquired directly from the artist; private collection Canada, since 1984;
Menzies, 10/08/2017, Lot No. 32;
Private collection, Sydney
In 1948, at the age of nine, Brett Whiteley was enrolled as a border at The Scots School in Bathurst. It was here that Whiteley gained a deep perception and understanding of the Australian landscape, which he conveys exquisitely in Approaching Storm. Whiteley’s lush, green rolling hills with heavy boulders and sturdy trees are so characteristic of the surrounding countryside. There is an impressive depth to the composition, from the approaching rain and clouds in the background to the valley in the middle-distance and the three-dimensional boulders at the fore. Three-dimensional effects, signature to many of Whiteley’s paintings, are evident in the thick applications of paint in the boulders. Whiteley’s picturesque, verdant valley is imbued with a deep sense of tranquility and solace that he found in his visits to the countryside of Bathurst where he often visited his sister.