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Artists in their studios

In this series of video inteviews, Dobell Prize-winning artists talk about their practice and the art of drawing.

Suzanne Archer

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Questions and activities

  • List objects found in Archer’s studio.
  • Can you identify any of these objects in Derangement 2010?
  • Why has she included a self-portrait in the drawing?

David Fairbairn

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Questions and activities

  • Write a description of Fairbairn’s studio and the landscape in which he works.
  • Why is landscape important to his practice?
  • Describe how Fairbairn approaches drawing. What do you think he is trying to achieve?

Aida Tomescu

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Questions and activities

  • Describe the process Tomescu follows to create her abstract, layered, gestural drawings.
  • Identify the artist and artwork that inspired Tomescu to begin her Negru series.
  • Tomescu comments: 'You don’t draw a drawing, you really build a drawing’. Discuss what you think this means and rephrase the idea in your own words.

These videos, questions and activities can be used in conjunction with the exhibition Contemporary Australian drawing: 20 years of the Dobell Prize and the Dobell Australian Drawing Collection.