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Sidney Nolan Archive

Sir Sidney Nolan was one of Australia's most celebrated painters and printmakers, best known for his paintings based on Australian folklore. Nolan was born in Carlton in Melbourne in 1917. He attended the Brighton Road State School and then Brighton Technical School, before leaving school aged 14. In 1934 he began to attend the art classes at the National Gallery School, and became one of the leading figures of the ‘Heide Circle’, which included contemporaries Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, Arthur Boyd and John Perceval. In 1940 he held his first solo exhibition in his Melbourne studio. Nolan served in the Australian army from 1942 to 1945, during which time he began to paint the local desolate desert landscapes in a more representational style. Apart from his landscapes, Nolan painted a wide range of personal interpretations of historical and legendary figures, including explorers Burke and Wills, Eliza Fraser, and most notably the bushranger Ned Kelly in the Australian Outback. Nolan travelled to Europe for the first time in 1950 and held the first of many solo exhibitions in London in 1951. He travelled extensively throughout Europe, America, Africa, Antarctica and Asia. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, in 1957 and in 1967 a major retrospective toured Australia. From the 1970s, Nolan visited Australia regularly. He was knighted for his services to art in 1981, and was awarded the Order of Merit in 1983. In 1987 the National Gallery of Victoria organised a comprehensive retrospective exhibition, which toured nationally. Nolan was extraordinarily productive throughout his career, producing more than 10,000 individual works. He died in London on November 28, 1992, aged 75.

APRIL 22, 1992: MELBOURNE, VIC. Australian artist...
By Michael Potter
22 April, 1992
APRIL 22, 1992: MELBOURNE, VIC. Australian artist...
By Michael Potter
22 April, 1992
APRIL 22, 1992: MELBOURNE, VIC. Australian artist...
By Michael Potter
22 April, 1992
1992: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Mary Nolan and Australian...
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01 January, 1992
1992: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Mary Nolan and Australian...
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01 January, 1992
CIRCA 1990: MELBOURNE, VIC. Australian artist...
By Drew Fitzgibbon
01 January, 1990
OCTOBER 29, 1989: Australian artist Sir Sidney...
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29 October, 1989
JULY 15, 1989: Australian artist Sir Sidney Nolan....
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15 July, 1989
JULY 15, 1989: Australian artist Sir Sidney Nolan....
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15 July, 1989
JULY, 1989: Australian artist Sir Sidney Nolan....
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01 July, 1989
JULY, 1989: Australian artist Sir Sidney Nolan....
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01 July, 1989
MARCH 4, 1989: Australian artist Sir Sidney Nolan....
By Ray Strange
04 March, 1989
OCTOBER 21, 1988: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
By Glenn Gibson
21 October, 1988
OCTOBER 20, 1988: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
By David Hancock
20 October, 1988
OCTOBER 20, 1988: Australian artist Sir Sidney...
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20 October, 1988
OCTOBER 20, 1988: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
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20 October, 1988
OCTOBER 1, 1988: BROOME, WA. Australian artist...
By Tony McDonough
01 October, 1988
JULY 17, 1988: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Mary Nolan and...
By Michele Mossop
17 July, 1988
JUNE 13, 1988: MELBOURNE, VIC. Australian artist...
By Drew Fitzgibbon
13 June, 1988
DECEMBER, 1987: MELBOURNE, VIC. Australian artist...
By Michael Potter
01 December, 1987
SEPTEMBER 19, 1987: Australian artist Sir Sidney...
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19 September, 1987
SEPTEMBER 19, 1987: Australian artist Sir Sidney...
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19 September, 1987
JUNE 14, 1987: MELBOURNE, VIC. (L-R) Lady Mary...
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14 June, 1987
JUNE 3, 1987: MELBOURNE, VIC. Australian artist...
By Michael Potter
03 June, 1987
JUNE, 1987: MELBOURNE, VIC. (L-R) Mary Nolan and...
By Michael Potter
01 June, 1987
MAY 19, 1987: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Edmund Capan...
By Frank Violi
19 May, 1987
APRIL 11, 1987: Australian artist Sir Sidney Nolan....
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11 April, 1987
APRIL 11, 1987: Australian artist Sir Sidney Nolan....
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11 April, 1987
APRIL, 1987: (L-R) Australian artist Sir Sidney...
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01 April, 1987
JANUARY 21, 1987: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
By Philip Brown
21 January, 1987
1987: MELBOURNE, VIC. Australian artist Sir Sidney...
By Michael Potter
01 January, 1987
JANUARY 21, 1986: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
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28 January, 1986
NOVEMBER, 1985: Australian artist Sir Sidney Nolan....
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01 November, 1985
NOVEMBER 1, 1985: Australian artist Sir Sidney...
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01 November, 1985
NOVEMBER, 1985: Australian artist Sir Sidney Nolan....
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01 November, 1985
NOVEMBER 1, 1985: Australian artist Sir Sidney...
By Jamie Davies
01 November, 1985
OCTOBER 12, 1984: Australian artist Sir Sidney...
By John Burney
12 October, 1984
OCTOBER 12, 1984: Australian artist Sir Sidney...
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12 October, 1984
OCTOBER 12, 1984: Australian artist Sir Sidney...
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12 October, 1984
OCTOBER 12, 1984: Australian artist Sir Sidney...
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12 October, 1984
OCTOBER 2, 1984: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
By John Burney
02 October, 1984
OCTOBER 12, 1983: Australian artist Sir Sidney...
By Andrew de la Rue
12 October, 1983
JULY 12, 1983: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
By Simon Bullard
12 July, 1983
JULY 12, 1983: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
By Simon Bullard
12 July, 1983
JUNE 15, 1983: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Australian artist...
By Wayne Jones
15 June, 1983
JUNE 15, 1983: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Australian artist...
By Wayne Jones
15 June, 1983
MARCH 21, 1981: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
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21 March, 1981
MARCH 18, 1981: Australian artist Sir Sidney Nolan...
By Peter Leyden
18 March, 1981
JANUARY 6, 1981: PERTH, WA. Australian artist...
By Norman Bailey
06 January, 1981
OCTOBER 20, 1980: Australian artist Sidney Nolan...
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20 October, 1980
OCTOBER 20, 1980: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
By Peter Kurnik
20 October, 1980
APRIL 13, 1978: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Gough Whitlam...
By Alan Porritt
13 April, 1978
APRIL 4, 1978: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
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04 April, 1978
MAY 10, 1977: CANBERRA, ACT. Australian artist...
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10 May, 1977
APRIL 21, 1977: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
By Dave Fullagar
21 April, 1977
APRIL 21, 1977: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
By Dave Fullagar
21 April, 1977
APRIL 21, 1977: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
By Dave Fullagar
21 April, 1977
CIRCA 1970: Australian artist Sidney Nolan. (Photo...
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01 January, 1970
MARCH 8, 1965: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
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25 March, 1965
MARCH 8, 1965: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian artist...
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08 March, 1965
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