A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

NERAM Armidale: Norman Lindsay Exhibition

Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) was an enfant terrible of the Australian art scene. He was a prodigious author, illustrator, painter, cartoonist and sculptor and was well known for his battles with the censors and other arbiters of public decency. He is best remembered for his classic children's book The Magic Pudding and the overtly sensual/sexual subject matter of  his art.
NERAM has dipped into the Hinton Collection and is currently displaying a fantastic selection of his watercolours which the catalogue describes as, "(His) masterful watercolour technique is displayed in beautifully vibrant images of nude nymphs and satyrs, pirates and peacocks."

Howard Hinton was a close friend of Lindsay and he purchased a great deal of work directly from him. As discussed yesterday, Hinton's small boarding house room only ever allowed him to have around 10 paintings on his walls, he always had a few Lindsay's including 'Balthazar'(centre), a vivid portrayal of the infamous sacrilegious and orgiastic feast in Babylon.
Norman Lindsay's home and studio in the Blue Mountains is maintained by the National Trust. Click here to visit this excellent site.
Linking to the ABC Wednesday meme.          N is for Norman and NERAM.


  1. artists are not like everybody else, I've noticed.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. That was an interesting read about Norman.
    It was also helpful to know that the movie Sirens was loosely based on him.

  3. Interesting, unfortunately I don't know him.
    ABC Team

  4. I love the composition of your first photo!

  5. Yes Violet Sky, Sirens is based on Lindsay. Not a bad movie with lots of interesting performances.


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