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Sir SIDNEY NOLAN (1917 - 1992)

Sir Sidney Nolan OM AC was an iconic, award-winning Australian artist. Nolan is most famous for his stylised depictions of Australian Bushranger and folk hero, Ned Kelly, arguably Australia's most important and valuable series of paintings. During the period of 1968-1970, Nolan embarked on the creation of a monumental mural entitled Paradise Garden. This project consisted of 1,320 floral designs split into three subsections that were created using crayon, ripolin and dyes. The intent of the subsections was to show the lifecycles of the plants, starting with the primeval plants emerging from the mud, transitioning to their full burst of colour in springtime, and the completion of the life cycle with the withering plants returning to the earth. This is one of the original ripolin floral designs completed for the Paradise Garden mural, exhibited at Holdsworth Galleries.


"Flowers (Paradise Garden)" (1970)

ripolin on paper

25 x 20cm

initialled lower right


*exhibited at Holdsworth Gallleries

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