Australian Artists Oil Painters Past And Present

Australian Artists Oil Painters

Although Australian artists oil painters, for example, are still a fairly recent set of artists in the global sense, as Australia European settlement only dates from around 1788. Australian art itself dates back as far as 28,000 years ago in the Northern Territory. In Arnhem Land to be precise. As dating of Australian rock art has been very limited so far, it is reasonable to expect that much older art is there to be found.

Australian Oil Painters

John Glover

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John Glover - Mount Wellington and Hobart Town from Kangaroo Point


John Glover was important in the development of the Australian style of painting. Glover came to 

Tasmania in 1831. He was already a well-known and respected landscape painter in England.

He was an artist who tended to stay within “normal” techniques of painting.

Initially, he received poor reviews in Australia as it was thought that he failed to depict the local

scenes in an accurate enough form.

However, he developed his own style and did succeed in receiving recognition for his works

showing the Tasmanian landscape as possessing wonderful clear light. This made his

Australian art stand apart from his European art. The amount of art he produced in Australia

make him a true pioneer in Australian Landscape works of art.

Tom Roberts

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Tom Roberts - Shearing the rams

Tom Roberts was born in England, in the county of Dorset.

In 1869 he migrated to Australia with his family and took up residence in Collingwood.  He payed

for art tuition by working as a photographers assistant, right through the 1870's. He became great

freinds with another artist, Frederick McCubbin.

Roberts painted a lot of his work in the country. He painted country people at work on the land a great deal.

Roberts was indeed a prolific artist who created a large number of oil paintings, both landscapes and portraits.

One of his largest works, "The Shearing Of The Rams" (above) is exhibited in The National Gallery Of Victoria.