Dr Anna Gray

Thursday 5 November 6pm
The University of Queensland Art Museum

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Australian portraiture covers a wide range of subjects, beyond the depictions of the celebrated or the ‘leaders’ in society. In the period 1880–1960, there was great diversity in the people portrayed, from the theatrical Victorians and Edwardians, through modern women of the 1920s to the more angry images of the 1940s.

While some Edwardian portraits were painted on a grand scale for showing at the Royal Academy, many other portraits were intimate and private works. In painting portraits, Australian artists have often challenged the predictable and pushed boundaries in both their choice of subject and their painterly approach–creating controversy and debate.

Presented by Dr Anna Gray, Head of Australian Art and Senior Curator of Australian Painting and Sculpture before 1920 at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Dr Gray was previously Director of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at The University of Western Australia from 1995-2001, after 15 years at the Australian War Memorial, where she was Head of Art. Dr Gray has curated major exhibitions for the National Gallery of Australia, including McCubbin: Last Impressions 1907-17; George W. Lambert: Heroes and icons; Constable: Impressions of land, sea and sky; and The Edwardians: Secrets and Desires. She also has written, co-written and edited a number of volumes on the art and artists of Australia.

The Mayne Centre Lecture is sponsored by Philip Bacon Galleries.

Dr Anna Gray