Art Down Under

From British Colonial to Aboriginal art and Western masterpieces, Bridgeman is proud to represent many of the great Australian museums for image licensing. We also manage the estate of Sir Sidney Nolan, one of Australia’s most renowned 20th century artists.

NGA 352120 The Selector's Hut, 1890 by Sir Ernest Arthur Streeton (1867-1943) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (detail)
NGA 352120 The Selector's Hut, 1890 by Sir Ernest Arthur Streeton (1867-1943) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (detail)

 

National Gallery of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, is the national art museum of Australia, as well as the largest art museum in the country, established in 1967 by the Australian government as a national public art museum.

Images available for licensing from this prestigious collection include some of the finest of Australia's Western modern art. Alongside great landscapes of the rugged Australian outback, and poignant photography of early settler life, are the iconic images of the notorious outlaw and folk hero Ned Kelly by one of Australia’s greatest painters, Sir Sidney Nolan, of whom Bridgeman also represents the estate for copyright licensing. 

 

 

NGV123208 Endormies, c. 1904 (oil on canvas) by Rupert Charles Wolston Bunny (1864-1947) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia/ Felton Request
NGV123208 Endormies, c. 1904 (oil on canvas) by Rupert Charles Wolston Bunny (1864-1947) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia/ Felton Request

 

 

SYD235919 Sofala, 1947 (oil on canvas on hardboard) by Sir George Russell Drysdale (1912-81) Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
SYD235919 Sofala, 1947 (oil on canvas on hardboard) by Sir George Russell Drysdale (1912-81) Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

 

 
The National Gallery of Victoria
 
Founded in 1861, the National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV, is Australia’s oldest public art gallery. 
 
The NGV's Australian art collection encompasses Indigenous (Australian Aboriginal) art, Australian colonial painting,  20th century, modern and contemporary Australian art. In the late 19th and early 20th century, domestic art began to thrive and the NGV was well-placed to add an excellent collection of key Australian works, which trace the metamorphosis of imported European styles into distinctively Australian art. The NGV houses many of the most recognisable Australian paintings, including Frederick McCubbin's The Pioneer, 1904 and Tom Roberts' Shearing the Rams, 1890. 

 

 

ADL362172 Passing Trams, c.1931 (oil on board) by Clarice Beckett (1887-1935) Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
ADL362172 Passing Trams, c.1931 (oil on board) by Clarice Beckett (1887-1935) Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

 


The Art Gallery of South Australia

The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, is the largest state art collection after the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. It holds more than 35,000 works of art including Australian artists, Aboriginal  and colonial British paintings, and Japanese decorative arts.
 

The Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, is a comprehensive collection of Australian art from settlement to contemporary, western art, photography and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art.

 

NLA70379 Settlement at Norfolk Island, c. 1835 (w/c) by Thomas Seller (19th century) National Library of Australia, Canberra
NLA70379 Settlement at Norfolk Island, c. 1835 (w/c) by Thomas Seller (19th century) National Library of Australia, Canberra

 

 

NSW71468 One of the New South Wales aborigines befriended by Governor Macquarie, 1811-21 (panel) by Lieutenant George Austin Woods (19th century) Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
NSW71468 One of the New South Wales aborigines befriended by Governor Macquarie, 1811-21 (panel) by Lieutenant George Austin Woods (19th century) Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

 

The National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia, Canberra, is the country’s largest reference library housing nearly 9 million items relating to the history and heritage of Australia and New Zealand, including prints, drawings, paintings, maps, manuscripts and photographs. The first visual records of Australia came from European explorers and typically covered flora and fauna research, such as the cotton-eared Marmoset (right) by Sydney Parkinson, Captain James Cook's botanical illustrator.
 

State Library of New South Wales

Another wonderful resource covering Australia's unique history is the Mitchell Library, or State Library of New South Wales, Sydney. With almost 5 million items in the collection, the broad collection features Aboriginal studies and Antarctic exploration, alongside Australia’s cultural history and includes manuscripts, maps, newspapers and more than a million photographs.

 

NLA76256 Cotton-eared Marmoset, 1767 (gouache on vellum) by Sydney Parkinson (1745-71)/ National Library of Australia, Canberra
NLA76256 Cotton-eared Marmoset, 1767 (gouache on vellum) by Sydney Parkinson (1745-71)/ National Library of Australia, Canberra

 

Indigenous Australian art

Aboriginal art or Indigenous Australian art is a part of the unwritten 'encyclopedia' of being an Aboriginal person, handed down through the generations for thousands of years, using  symbols centred on 'the Dreamtime' – the period in which Indigenous people believe the world was created.  
 
 
Aboriginal artists use a wide range of modern materials and techniques to create contemporary works of fine art. Despite concerns about the remoteness of many of the artists and the poverty and health issues experienced in the communities, there are widespread estimates of an industry worth close to half a billion Australian dollars each year, and growing rapidly. Many works can be licensed from the Bridgeman archive via Corbally Stourton Contemporary Art, Australia 

 

Warnampi Tingari, 1980 (acrylic) Dick Pantimas Tjupurrula (c.1940-83) / Corbally Stourton Contemporary Art, Australia
Warnampi Tingari, 1980 (acrylic) Dick Pantimas Tjupurrula (c.1940-83) / Corbally Stourton Contemporary Art, Australia

 

 

An Australian Original: Sidney Nolan

Bridgeman represents the estate of Sir Sidney Nolan, one of Australia’s most significant and internationally acclaimed 20th century artists. Nolan was prolific and experimental, not limiting his repertoire to one style or technique. As a young artist, he was bold and modern using simplified forms, the most famous of which are his paintings of Ned Kelly, the well-known outlaw in Australian folklore. In the 1960s he explored the use of alternative materials, and in the 1980s he expanded his focus to landscapes and florals. Nolan’s innovative and powerful paintings capture the rugged character of the Australian experience.
 

The Australian Experience. Images for licensing
 
View all Australasia and Oceania images and footage in the Bridgeman archive.

 

 

NGA352078 Ned Kelly, 1946 (enamel on composition board) by Sir Sidney Nolan (1917-92) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra/ Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
NGA352078 Ned Kelly, 1946 (enamel on composition board) by Sir Sidney Nolan (1917-92) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra/ Gift of Sunday Reed 1977

 

 

AGN270282 Bird over Harbour, Sydney (ripolin on board) by Sir Sidney Nolan (1917-92) Private Collection/ Agnew's, London, UK
AGN270282 Bird over Harbour, Sydney (ripolin on board) by Sir Sidney Nolan (1917-92) Private Collection/ Agnew's, London, UK

 


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