This landmark book charts the development of Australian art, from early Aboriginal paintings and the work of the 1st colonial settlers, to the artists of today whose work reflects their culturally diverse background. Exploring this eclectic 300-year history, the book also celebrates key moments in the Australian canon, such as Sidney Nolan's iconic painting series that followed the exploits of the outlaw Ned Kelly, a project which began in the 1940s. In recent years artists such as Tracey Moffatt, Fiona Hall and Vernon Ah Kee have emerged, establishing a highly original native art scene of international standing.
The art of this continent is indelibly linked to its epic landscape. This book focuses especially on this complex and evolving alliance, illustrated in paintings, prints, drawings and photographs, as well as film and video stills. The distinctive Australian terrain is in constant dialogue with its people; this book examines the ways in which Australian artists have sought to negotiate their identities in relation to the extreme conditions of their land.