Nic Jools Collection
written by Gavin Fry
Beagle Press | ISBN 9780646550480
Hardback – 128 pages
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Nic Jools is a remarkable Australian whose life and love of art is woven through an inspiring story embracing many themes. We are first introduced to Nics life and career: his migrant family finding great success in a new country, his attachment to Knox Grammar School and to an impressive professional career and the personal challenges which now test him. The art collection which he has built up is now about to be launched to a wider audience. It is explored in depth and set into its fascinating personal and public context. How that collection will form the basis of a new public art gallery in Sydney is the culmination of a personal vision and a strong public spirit. Nic Joolss firm belief in the value of education and the necessity of the arts in society are at the basis of this story of philanthropy, vision and generosity. This book is many things the story of an inspiring individual, a delightful journey through Australian art and a bold statement at the birth of a new public institution. AUTHOR: Gavin Fry is an arts writer and museum director based in Newcastle, New South Wales.
His recent work includes major books on Albert Tucker, Rick Amor and Robert Juniper as well as a comprehensive work for the Australian Club Collection. In a career of forty years he has been a teacher, art lecturer, curator, senior public servant, publisher and museum administrator. Gavin is currently Director of the Newcastle Museum, overseeing a redevelopment project which will set new benchmarks for the industry in regional Australia. He holds the degrees of BA [Hons] and MA from Monash University and Master of Philosophy from the University of Leicester.