When I was in Dunedin on Monday 21 May I paid a short visit to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and looked at part of the ‘World View’ exhibition. Starting with ‘Australia’ I found that Ned Kelly was featured in two of the paintings on display, both by Sidney Nolan (Australian painter, 1917 – 1992).
See the last part of this post for a link to a very interesting Ned Kelly painting that I found where he is reborn as a Knight of Malta, done by an Australian artist living in Malta!
I have previously shared with you photos of a Tapanui letterbox sculpture of Ned Kelly and there I included links to articles about his short life as an Australian bushranger and outlaw (and folk hero to many).
Photos below taken at Dunedin Public Art Gallery on Monday 21 May 2018
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Ned Kelly mid-20th Century
There’s an interesting overview of Ned Kelly art at IronOutlaw.com that covers a number of artists (including Sidney Nolan). I was instantly drawn to the bold, bright painting right down the bottom of the page. The depiction of Ned Kelly is most unusual, as follows …
Ned Kelly reborn as a Knight of Malta
Here is a direct link to the larger-size image of this bold Ned Kelly painting. ‘Ned Kelly’ 30cm x 40cm Oil on canvas
The artist, Michael Wright, is an Australian who grew up in Sydney but now lives in Malta and chose to have Ned “reborn as a Knight of Malta, fighting for what he believed in.”
You can see more of Michael Wright’s work at his website leMakoo.com
I particularly enjoyed the photos from his 2011 exhibition Malta, an Australian Perspective where he contrasts Australian and Maltese landscape icons.
Text and Photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2018)