Sir Sidney Nolan OM AC RA


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Sidney Nolan’s thoughts about his own work, from a recorded conversation in Australia with the artist, critic and curator Elwyn Lynn, 21 April 1978

‘I have gone back... many times on re-visits to Australia, but haven’t painted in Australia since 1953.  This time I looked around and circumstances gave me a lot of time to look, think and paint.  I found, somewhat to my surprise, that my palette which had become rather dark in Wales became very light here.  This has something to do with actually painting in the light in which you see the landscape, and the mental transference or secretion you take with you abroad of the Australian light may be the same one you bring back from Alice Springs to Sydney, but if you paint in Wales it is inevitably different from painting in Sydney.  All these paintings have a high key and are full of the light which I was seeing in the Centre then.’  Click here to read more from this conversation. 

Images: Sidney Nolan: The Old Oak Has Fallen, 1977. c. Sidney Nolan Trust; Girl & Gorge, Kimberley, 1983. c. Sidney Nolan Trust

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