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

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  • Charles Blackman

    Girl with yellow bouquet 1959

    89.0 × 68.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    'Alice in Wonderland 1956'

    84.0 × 66.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Dreaming Alice

    66.0 × 97.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    'The Angelus'

    pigment print on paper

    66.0 × 84.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    The Letter

    digital print

    66.0 × 159.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Schoolgirls in Laneway 1953

    archival pigment print on artist paper

    66.0 × 53.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Blue Bouquet and Window 1973

    archival pigment print on paper

    66.0 × 91.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    'Skipping Girl 1954'

    89.0 × 67.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Feet Beneath the Table

    archival pigment print on paper

    65.0 × 76.0 cm

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  • Charles Blackman

    The Meeting 1961

    archival pigment print on artist paper

    65.0 × 67.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Four Schoolgirls

    archival pigment print on artist paper

    66.0 × 100.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Girl with Flowers 1960

    archival pigment print on paper

    60.0 × 97.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Girl Hiding

    Oil on composition board

    136.0 × 120.5 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Nude on Carpet

    ink on paper

    30.0 × 21.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Nude on Settee

    ink on paper

    30.0 × 21.0 cm

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  • Charles Blackman

    Schoolgirl and Rabbit

    ink on paper

    30.0 × 21.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Schoolgirl and Rabbit

    ink on paper

    35.0 × 25.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Schoolgirl and Cat

    ink on paper

    30.0 × 21.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Girl with Guitar

    ink on paper

    30.0 × 21.0 cm

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  • Charles Blackman

    Schoolgirl and the Cat of Hearts

    ink on paper

    30.0 × 21.0 cm

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  • Charles Blackman

    Schoolgirl and Cat

    ink on paper

    30.0 × 21.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Skipping Girls

    pigment print on paper

    89.0 × 68.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Alice on the Table

    archival pigment print on paper

    73.0 × 66.7 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Barba the Elephants

    watercolour on paper

    72.0 × 52.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Jack in the Box

    watercolour on paper

    72.0 × 52.0 cm

  • Charles Blackman

    Tatiana as Bride Rose

    Etching and aquatint on embossed paper

    20.0 × 14.0 cm

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