Blog Sidney Nolan: The Artist's Materials book review

Sidney Nolan: The Artist's Materials book review

Posted April 3, 2020, 8:29 p.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Undead

Sidney Nolan: The Artist's Materials

Getty Conservation Institute

 

The Artist's Materials series is indispensable for anyone who want to scratch the surface and learn more about the technique and materials modern painters are using to channel their alchemy.

One of Australian’s most widely known painters of modern times is Sidney Nolan, with one his more prominent pieces being a series depicting the quintessential outlaw here on terra australis, i.e. Ned Kelly.

Given the variety the jobs Sidney Nolan held, he had exposure to handling and experiencing an array of paints and their application, which helped him hone his craft to propel his artistic endeavours forward, which eventually evolved to a full-time career as an artist.

What I have always found intriguing about Nolan is that he harboured a trait that was carried on by artists like Anselm Kiefer, i.e. that he used unconventional materials that did not necessarily lend themselves well to preserving the artwork – be it the paints he used, the materials or the utilization of household items like shoe polish, et cetera.

While Nolan’s faible for the usage of more outlandish materials had always been on my radar, learning that he blended and mixed them in a meticulousness manner to achieve the exact effect he was aiming for, was new to me.

The microscopic view with which Nolan’s work and approach is shed light on, makes the mere analysis a work of art in itself and enhances the experience of viewing his art from a new angle, which not only adds depth and dimension to his artworks but also helps to understand them better. In that way, it is an essential resource for anyone interested in Nolan’s art, not merely the connoisseur and the fact that the book is written scholarly yet very readable only adds to its appeal.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Monet & Friends: Life, Light and Colour

Posted by T
April 17, 2021, 8:06 a.m.

Monet & Friends: Life, Light and Colour Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park Sydney, Australia April 17, 2021 After first incarnating with a multi-sensory ode to the Dutch master van ... read more

Vogue X Music book review

Posted by T
April 16, 2021, 9:18 p.m.

Vogue X Music Vogue Magazine   To say it with the words of the ever so eloquently Marge: “…Greta Garbo and Monroe, Dietrich and DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean on ... read more

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Hops to Home

Posted by T
April 10, 2021, 11:43 a.m.

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Hops to Home   Subscription services can be hit and miss – specifically when it comes to libations. However, beer clubs with subscription models ... read more

Mike Parr: Performances 1971-2008 book review

Posted by T
April 9, 2021, 6:44 p.m.

Mike Parr: Performances 1971 - 2008 Black Inc. Publishing   Mike Parr’s shadow looms large, both on international terrain but specifically on terra australis. Having emerged on his artistic mission ... read more

Water of Life – Souwester Spirits

Posted by T
April 3, 2021, 8:50 p.m.

Water of Life – Souwester Spirits   Souwester Spirits intrigued me from the moment I learned about both – the fact that it is located in the Southern corner of ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.