BORN 1928 Sydney, Australia DIED 2018 Sydney, Australia
Self-taught, attended night classes in drawing and design at the East Sydney Technical College from 1942-45 under Hayward Veal
Charles Blackman is a major figure in Australian art of the post-war years. His haunting and enchanting images of women and girls, absorbed in daydreams or games have an enduring appeal. Two significant themes in his work have been the Schoolgirl and Alice in Wonderland. Deep shadows and the accentuation of his figure’s eyes occur throughout Blackman’s works with a pervasive sense of melancholy.
Charles Blackman was largely self-taught, but he attended night classes in drawing and design at the East Sydney Technical College from 1942-45 under Hayward Veal. Blackman was a co-founder of the Melbourne Contemporary Art Society in 1953 and was one of seven Antipodeans responsible for the Antipodean Manifesto – a reaction against what they saw as the meteoric rise of abstract expressionism and non-figurative art in Australia and its intolerance of figurative painting. He has exhibited frequently since and is known for his facility in drawing.
In 1951 Blackman married a poet, Barbara Patterson, who was to become a lasting presence in his work. His work is held in all Australian state and most regional galleries, institutional and private collections
1943-46 Studied East Sydney Technical College
1945-60 Lived and painted in Melbourne
1950s Painted Schoolgirl series, followed by Alice in Wonderland series
1960-64 Traveled and studied overseas after winning Helena Rubinstein Scholarship
1960-64 Lived and painted in London, exhibited at Whitechapel and Tate Galleries
1965 Tour of northern France and Flanders
1966-74 Lived and painted in Sydney
1975 Occupied Australian studio, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
1953-93 Numerous solo exhibitions in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, London and Tokyo, including a major retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria,
1993- Charles Blackman: Schoolgirls and Angels
1963 Georges Invitation Art Prize, Georges Gallery Melbourne (one painting and one drawing)
1960 Helena Rubinstein Scholarship, Melbourne
1960 Dyeson Endowment
1960 George Crouch Prize, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
1960 Wins prize. A. Shore, The Age (February)
1958 George Crouch Prize, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
1958 Rowney prize, Richmond Gallery Melbourne
1958 Collections National Gallery of Australia, and all state galleries Numerous regional galleries and university collections
1993 Charles Blackman: Schoolgirls and Angels, catalogue for retrospective at National Gallery Victoria 1989 Shapcott, T., The Art of Charles Blackman, Andre Deutch, London 1983 Amadio,N., Orpheus the Song of Forever, Craftsman Press, Sydney 1982 Amadio, N., Charles Blackman’s Paris Dreaming, A.H. & A.W. Reed, Sydney 1980 Amadio, N., Charles Blackman: The Lost Domain, A.H. & A.W. Reed. Sydney 1967 Shapcott, T., Focus on Charles Blackman, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane 1965 Mathew, R., Charles Blackman – Monograph, Georgian House, Melbourne
Click here to view Exhibitions featuring this artist.
The Charles Blackman Foundation, together with Harvey Galleries, presents “The Evening is the Morning” in tribute and to celebrate Charles Blackman’s life – the exhibition includes a contemporary collection of … read more →
TVH Gallery is proud to be teaming up with Berkeley Editions to bring to collectors a premiere exhibition from the Berkeley collection including Arthur Boyd, Margaret Olley, David Boyd, Martin … read more →
Bernard Ollis "The Artists Garden Part 2" @ HARVEY GALLERIES MOSMAN, 20 March - 6 April 2021
“Over many years I have visited numerous artist’s gardens and studios throughout the world including Australia. I was particularly keen to look at artists that had been inspired by nature in their own work, which therefore made their garden so relevant for them. This formed the catalyst for many art works over many years. As an artist and teacher, I have acted as a tour guide to students with visits to the following studios and gardens. I have also spent days sitting and drawing in those locations alone, taking inspiration from the varied views that the artist themselves often encountered, both past and present.
I not only trod the same path as the artist did in the past, but also became influenced by how they may have reacted to it. This was particularly true of the French masters. These works are a celebration of those important visual artists and how they have celebrated nature through their own work.”
EDUCATION Studied Painting at the National Art School Prior to completing full time studying Merryn has always maintained a steady stream of casual workshops and short courses over the last … read more →
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