Painter In Paradise: William Dobell In New Guinea

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Painter In Paradise: William Dobell In New Guinea
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QUT Art Museum says
5 MARCH TO 1 MAY 2016

William Dobell (1899–1970) was one of Australia's most celebrated artists from the 20th century. In May 1949, in an endeavour to escape publicity after his 1948 Archibald Prize win, the artist left Australia in the company of philanthropist and trustee of Taronga Park Zoo, Sir Edward Hallstrom, to visit the central highlands of New Guinea.

For the following three months Dobell drew and painted watercolours of the landscape, village life and the highlanders themselves. Captivated by everything he saw, in 1950 he returned to the area. Dobell's photographs and sketches formed the basis of many paintings he was to produce in the following two decades.

The exhibition, conceived by Natalie Wilson, Curator of Australian & Pacific Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, is the first exhibition to focus solely on this aspect of Dobell's work. 'Painter in Paradise: William Dobell in New Guinea' is an S.H. Ervin Gallery travelling exhibition.
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By: QUT Art Museum