Sidney Nolan: The Artist’s Materials


'The latest book in the Getty Conservation Institute’s publications, Sidney Nolan: The Artist’s Materials by Paula Dredge, takes a forensic approach to understanding the art of this great Australian Modernist painter. To shed light on Nolan’s innovative use of commercial paints and development of commercial paint technology in Australia, Dredge utilises a range of primary sources such as letters, historical accounts and photographs along with scientific analysis of his paintings and the materials left in his two studios in Wahroonga, NSW and The Rodd, Wales. Reflections on Nolan’s use of other non-traditional materials such as cardboard and Masonite, additives and dryers, wax crayon and spray paint and how they may have influenced his art and its longevity are also included.' Mem Capp, full review here.

Author(s): Paula Dredge
Format: Paperback
Year published: 2019
Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
Book Size and Pages: 251 x 192 x 12mm,144 pages

"This extensively researched and amply illustrated book reveals important findings about Sidney Nolan's materials and methods and makes a significant contribution to the understanding of his work. Its rich blend of scientific information, biographical narrative and relevant images make it accessible to the interested reader as well as conservators and art historians. Much more than a technical guide, it is a key resource for any serious Nolan scholar." --Kendrah Morgan, Senior Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art

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