Charles Blackman

Charles Blackman

  • Biography

    Charles Blackman (Australian, b.1928) is a painter, best known for his Schoolgirl and Alice in Wonderland series, and is regarded as one of the most important figurative painters in Australia. Born in Sydney, Blackman was largely self taught, and became an illustrator for the Sun newspaper before moving to Melbourne in the mid-1940s. Following the move, Blackman befriended fellow artists Joy Hester, John Perceval, and Laurence Hope, and gained the support of art critic and patron John Reed.

    He earned critical acclaim for his early Schoolgirl and Alice series, the latter of which was based on the character from the fantasy novel by Lewis Carroll. Through these works, Blackman displayed a talent for depicting events from his subjects’ point of view, often creating compositions with odd angles, washed-out colors, and isolated environments.

    In 1959, Blackman collaborated with figurative artists John Brack, Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, John Perceval, Clifton Pugh, and Robert Dickerson to create the group The Antipodeans, which rallied against the blanket adoption of overseas art styles by Australian artists, in particular, American Abstract Expressionism and other non-figurative movements.

    In 1997, Blackman was awarded an Order of the British Empire, and his works are displayed in galleries throughout Australia, as well as in many private collections around the world.

    (Bio from: http://www.artnet.com/artists/charles-blackman/biography)

  • Awards

    1997 OBE
    1963 Georges Invitation Art Prize, Georges Gallery Melbourne (one painting and one drawing)
    1960 Helena Rubinstein Scholarship, Melbourne
    1960 George Crouch Prize, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
    1960 Wins prize. A. Shore, The Age (February)
    1958 George Crouch Prize, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
    1958 Rowney Prize, Richmond Gallery Melbourne

  • Exhibitions

    Solo Exhibitions
    1953-93 Numerous solo exhibitions in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, London and
    Tokyo, including a major retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria, 1993 - Charles Blackman: Schoolgirls
    and Angels

Showing all 15 artworks

Charles Blackman

Model Airplane
32 x 35.5cm Framed: 66 x 46cm Screenprint

Charles Blackman

Reading with Cat, 1996
182.5 x 83.5cm oil on canvas

Charles Blackman

Red Dress And Yellow Jonquils, c.1958
121.5 x 101 cm oil on canvas Sold

Charles Blackman

Alice on the Table
73 x 66.7 cm Framed: 84 x 77 cm archival pigment print on paper

Charles Blackman

Skipping Girls, 1954
89 x 68 cm Framed: 100 x 78 cm pigment print on paper

Charles Blackman

Schoolgirl and Cat, 2009
30 x 21 cm ink on paper Sold

Charles Blackman

Girl with Flowers 1960, 1960
60 x 97 cm archival pigment print on paper

Charles Blackman

Four Schoolgirls, 1960
66 x 100 cm archival pigment print on artist paper

Charles Blackman

The Meeting 1961, 1961
65 x 67 cm archival pigment print on artist paper

Charles Blackman

'Skipping Girl 1954', 1954
89 x 67 cm archival pigment print on paper

Charles Blackman

Blue Bouquet and Window 1973, 1973
66 x 91 cm archival pigment print on paper

Charles Blackman

Schoolgirls in Laneway 1953, 1953
66 x 53 cm archival pigment print on artist paper

Charles Blackman

'The Angelus'
66 x 84 cm pigment print on paper

Charles Blackman

Dreaming Alice, 1956
66 x 97 cm archival pigment print on paper

Charles Blackman

Girl with yellow bouquet 1959, 1959
89 x 68 cm archival pigment print on paper