A Look at Famous Artists From the Past | Porter Paintings

Artists have been making an impact on society for centuries. 

From the grand canvas paintings of Michelangelo to the street art of Banksy, art has always found a way to move people and influence culture. 

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci is known for his famous works like The Last Supper and The Lady with an Ermine, but what many don’t know is that he also had a knack for drawing futuristic techs like planes, tanks, and cars – five centuries before they were invented!

Australia is home to some of the most talented artists in the world, from iconic painters like Sidney Nolan and Margaret Olley to contemporary artists such as Yhonnie Scarce and Tony Albert. 

Sidney Nolan (1917-1992) – One of Australia’s most iconic painters.

Sidney Nolan was a master at capturing landscapes in his works. His most famous work is “Ned Kelly Series” which depicts the story of Australia’s notorious outlaw Ned Kelly in 20 large-scale paintings. 

His painting style often combined abstract elements with realistic depictions creating unique compositions that are still admired today. 

Margaret Olley was an Australian painter who focused mainly on still-life painting. 

She was known for her vibrant colours which she used to capture everyday objects like food, flowers, books, and furniture in her works. 

Her works were often composed within interior settings that she constructed in her studio in Sydney. 

She was also an avid collector of antiques and curiosities which inspired many of her paintings. 

Yhonnie Scarce is one of Australia’s leading contemporary Indigenous artists whose work focuses on exploring colonialism and its effects on Aboriginal societies around the world.

Her visually stunning sculptures are made from glass beads that represent traditional Aboriginal weapons such as spears or clubs and are meant to evoke a sense of sadness or mourning for those who have suffered under colonial rule. 

Tony Albert is one of Australia’s leading contemporary Indigenous artists whose practice focuses on confronting racism through artworks that draw attention to issues affecting Indigenous communities today such as poverty, marginalisation, and violence against women.

His work often takes familiar objects like dolls or toys and combines them with textiles or other materials to create powerful visual statements about our present reality. 

He has also created several large-scale public installations including one located in Sunshine Coast which pays tribute to Indigenous soldiers who served during World War I & II. 

These are just a few examples of amazing Australian artists who have left an indelible mark on the world through their canvas painting legacy.

Their stories serve as inspiration for us all. They remind us that art has power – it can confront injustice, encourage dialogue, foster empathy, and create lasting change in society no matter where we come from or what our background may be.

We should all strive to be more like these incredible artists by using our talents for good.

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