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Title

Ned Kelly

1975

Artists

Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 - 28 Nov 1992

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Portalegre Portugal
    Date
    1975
    Media categories
    Textile , Weaving
    Materials used
    wool tapestry
    Edition
    1/1
    Dimensions
    296.0 x 415.0 cm variable
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner within weave, brown wool "Nolan". Not dated.

    Credit
    Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2001
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    409.2001
    Copyright
    © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/DACS. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Works in the collection

    140

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  • About

    This impressive tapestry is based on Nolan's painting 'Kelly and horse' 1946, part of the artist's 1974 gift to the nation held at the Nolan Gallery, Lanyon, near Canberra. It was one of six unique tapestries Nolan had made, based on his first series of Ned Kelly paintings, at the Portalegre Tapestry Workshop, Portugal (also used by Arthur Boyd and John Olsen) during the 1970s. Subsequently, a number of these were exhibited at David Jones' Gallery in Sydney in 1973 and later in 1975, after the completion of this work.

    Translation of the original painted image to a large tapestry, has resulted in an amplification of scale that greatly increases the dramatic and emotional impact of Nolan's subject.

    Natalie Wilson
    Curator, Australian & Pacific Art

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 8 publications

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