Suddenly the lake – Rosalie Gascoigne

Rosalie specialised in assemblage - putting together pieces of abandoned wood, paper, household goods - and putting them together in exciting, intuitive ways. Married at 25, with 3 children born in quick succession, she was a bored housewife, uninterested in displaying the 'perfect' home - but she walked a great deal, gathering objects in nature …

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Roy de Maistre – painter, Australian

His name sounds French, but he was Australian. He studied art and music at the same time, and from this, worked out a way to link musical scale to colour. Then converted to Roman Catholic and painted many pictures based on his faith and the Bible. http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/de-maistre-interior-with-lamp-n06201 I like this still-life in the Tate, for …

Australian painter: Grace Cossington Smith (1892-1984)

I had never heard of this woman painter before - despite having a copy of the excellent “Women Artists” by Nancy Heller – which is a great starting-place for finding out about many unsung women artists. In Australia, apparently, there are examples of her work in most major art galleries. However, the Antipodean world will …