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Essay- How Artists Have Conveyed An Australian Identity The image of Australian art has changed constantly since its early beginnings and has made contributions to the nations cultural identity which has been substantially enhanced over the last two hundred years by Australian artists The Australian identity has been examined and portrayed by many Australian artists with reference to the unique landscape and environment as well as the people that occupy it This cultural identity has been reflected through the artists works by displaying certain abundant characteristics that successfully describe an Australian identity Sidney Nolan Brett Whiteley and Fred Williams are a few Australian artists that manage to successfully delineate the true aspect that represents the Australian identity Sidney Nolan 1917-1992 a distinguished Australian painter was best known for capturing an Australian identity through his series of paintings of the bush ranger Ned Kelly He presented the episodes in Kellys life in a series of flat paintings set in colours of blue and gold greatly enlivened by the reds and blues of police uniforms Never before had an Australian legend been presented in such a remarkable way Sidney Nolan once mentioned I find that a desire to paint the landscape involves a wish to hear more of the stories which take place within the landscape Stories which may or may not only be heard in country towns and read in the journals of explorers but which also persist in the memory The Art Of Australia He did just that in his series of works illustrating the life of the nineteenth-century Australian bush ranger Ned Kelly It is the stuff of legend as the series itself has become legendary The paintings are full of wry irony human tragedy and violence In landscapes of great beauty the human drama is played out with direct apparently untutored naivety Nolans combination of narrative and symbol was exceptional Nolan achieved an extraordinary range of mood and visual
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