Charles Blackman

Charles Blackman is one of the most celebrated Australian figurative artists of the 20th century. An excellent draughtsman as well as a painter, he created imagery – often in series – based on personal, literary and musical themes. He came to prominence after the Second World War as one of the so-called ‘Heide circle’ of artists and was also a founding member of The Antipodeans art movement.

Blackman’s work is held in all major public collections in Australia and internationally including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Tate. Blackman was appointed an Officer of the British Empire in 1977 for services to Australian art. He died in August 2018, a week after his 90th birthday.