Addendum: NGVI visit

Some final scenes from a lovely day on 13mar.

First pic shows the re-designed café on the ground floor in keeping with the David Hockney colourful exhibition, which closed that day. The big screen, of 18 rectangular panels, showed a continuously moving scene of a lush garden somewhere.

The next three pix were taken from the foyer area of the Asian section on the first floor, looking out in the distance to the Peter Rowland café, he being a famous Melbourne caterer. It is fine dining on a beer budget. Recommended. We are also looking at the front entrance’s famous glass water wall, to the right, and some people coming in down below.

Finally, are those people sleeping, there, on those poufs? Lol. No, they are enjoying viewing the full-sized glass abstract mosaic ceiling of the Great Hall designed by artist, Leonard French. 😎

Margaret Preston contd


The WP phone posting system doesn’t like continuing writing after a certain point, so the need for this second post!!

This above is the final image I wish to show. Of teatree, the small flowers, and hakea, the pom-pom-like flower, which I have photographed and posted here too. Hers is a hand-coloured woodcut. Mine below:


Margaret Preston

Iconic Australian artist, various media, regarded as a designer and experimenter. Journalist. Was known for her aphorisms, calling herself a Modern Art artist, and an active advocate for developing a distinctly recognisable and truly indigenous Australian art, this was before she became a lover of Aboriginal art, studying and applying those principles in her later work.

Born: 29 april 1875 in Adelaide. Margaret Rose McPherson. Married William George Preston in 1919.

Died: 28 may 1963 in Mosman.

Fiery, feisty redhead. Knew what she wanted and how to get it. A rarity in the then artworld, a woman who promoted herself, successfully. Did well financially. Married only once, for life, to a man who appreciated and encouraged her talents. No children. They travelled the world extensively. Margaret travelled to learn and develop her art, particularly Europe, then New Zealand, Beijing, Korea and Japan.

The book: Margaret Preston by Elizabeth Butel. Only 106 pages. In the Acknowledgments, she states the early edition was printed as the catalogue for the Preston exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1985. Dense with information, but an easy read. The front cover below is Preston’s fairly accurate self-portrait (see the foto of her to compare) painted in 1930.

I’ve been a fan for a long time. Here are just a few images of her art from the book, for review purposes.



Chinese ink painting

Whilst I was at the NGVI after visiting the Carwash installation in the Equiset Garden, I had some lunch then went to the Asian section. I looked at just a few items, including the following painting. I’m including the (slightly inaccurate) texted painting label and also the introduction to the whole display. I was lucky to have asked a very tall young Chinaman about the pictographs within the painting. He told me it was a poem, which is the first lines of the painting’s label shown below. He was not the man in the foto. I am attracted to such simplicity of the artform and its serenity. I would like to learn.


As a long time T’ai Chi practitioner, I would suggest that ‘tranquillize’ is a mistranslation and should be ‘To still one’s mind…’ Sorry for the bands, an affect from the lighting of that display.