The loss of John Nixon, who died on 18 August 2020 aged 70, has robbed the country of an artist of international reputation.
Together with the rest of the arts community, we were shocked to learn of the premature death at the age of 51 of Richard Giblett.
We were also saddened to learn of the passing of another nonagenarian, the iconic Australian artist and extraordinary Melburnian, Mirka Mora. She emerged, phoenix-like, from the ashes of Europe, arriving from France with her husband, Georges, in 1951.
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Charles Blackman on 20 August 2018, shortly after his 90th birthday. Charles Blackman was one of the most beloved and revered Australian painters. His subject matter - drawn from literature, music, theatre, overseas travel and his lived experience - revealed an enquiring mind and erudite imagination.
It is with deep regret that we have learned of the passing of our dear friend and talented photographic artist, Polixeni Papapetrou, after a prolonged and courageous battle with cancer.
When we were moving our offices to Albert Road, the directors and I had an engaging discussion about finding a prominent spot for a painting by Alun Leach-Jones at our new premises. Earlier this year, we attended to a much more solemn exercise: drawing up the estate inventory of the artist, who passed away on Christmas Eve, December 24.
Adelaide-born painter Sydney Ball has died aged 83. Ball was born in 1933, and moved to New York in 1962 where he enrolled at the Art Students League and studied under Theodoros Stamos. It was a time when he was exposed to the rise of the Abstract Expressionist movement and rubbed shoulders with Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning.