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Nicholas Harding: A problem solved in every picture

Sydney Morning Herald
John McDonald
8 November 2022

When Nicholas Harding was awarded the 2022 Wynne Prize for landscape, one sensed it wasn’t simply a vote for a single painting, but for a lifetime’s achievement. This is not to detract from that winning canvas, Eora, a vast bushland scene, almost 2 by 4 metres – a scale that might have intimidated most artists, let alone one who was battling a deadly illness.

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PUBLIC WORKS: Jacqui Stockdale

The Weekend Australian
Bronwyn Watson
5-6 November 2022

Jacqui Stockdale, Rama-Jaara, The Royal Shpherdess, 2012, Collection Benalla Art Gallery. Purchased with funds from the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Benalla Art Gallery Acquisition Trust Fund, 2015.

In 2009 during the Black Saturday bushfires, Jacqui Stockdale's fmaily lost their property, Long Gully, on the outskirts of Benidgo in central Victoria. Three years after those devastating bushfires, Stockdale decided to make work referring to her personal loss. 'We has lost our family home,' she said, 'and I needed to create a victorious, rising-from-the-ashes, hybrid Australian feminine archetype.'

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'He found beauty and colour everywhere': celebrating the life of Nicholas Harding

The Guardian
David Marr
3 November 2022

Nicholas Harding has died.

The cancer they thought they’d beaten returned to take him the other day at the age of 66. We lost a good man and beautiful painter whose work is loved.

He could paint a stretch of bush or an umbrella in the sand and make you think you were seeing them for the first time. He did beauty with absolute bravado. One of his flame trees in full bloom is a dazzling sight. But then he painted a patch of railway tracks that takes your breath away.

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