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Nolan: Australia's Maverick Artist

  • 2019
  • Documentary

Summary

Profile of painter Sidney Nolan, exploring his humble origins before becoming an innovative member of the modernist movement, creating passionate depictions of his home country's iconography. The programme explores his travels round the world and how he eventually became part of a London-based community of artists, and considers how his experimental work may have inspired future generations.

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Sidney (or Sid to his family) Nolan was one of Australia’s most famous 20th-century painters. Inspired by the French and British modern artists whose work he saw in Melbourne in the late 1930s, he became a highly productive (and eventually very successful) painter, specialising in vividly colourful landscapes and the people who inhabited them, including his celebrated Ned Kelly series of the late 1940s.

This profile makes him out to be a bit of a charming rogue. No one doubts his versatility, talent and skill (he was taken up by Kenneth Clark, and spent the last 40 years of his life in Britain), but he had an unorthodox private life, and (shame on him) dared to be ambitious…

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DirectorSally Aitken
EditorKarryn de Cinque
EditorSteven Robinson
EditorZac Grant
Executive ProducerJulia Peters
Executive ProducerSharyn Prentice
WriterSally Aitken
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