Sir William Dobell, OBE (24 September 1899 - 13 May 1970) was an Australian artist (sculptor and painter). The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British Order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. Events 622 - Prophet Muhammad completes his hegira from Mecca to Medina. Year 1899 ( MDCCCXCIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Events 1497 - Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola. Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. The definition of an artist is wide-ranging and covers a broad spectrum of Activities to do with creating Art, practicing the Arts and/or demonstrating Painting (pān'tīng in Art, is the practice of applying Color to a Surface (support base such as e The Electoral Division of Dobell is named after him. The Division of Dobell is an Australian electoral Division in New South Wales.
William Dobell was born in Cooks Hill, a working class neighbourhood of Newcastle, New South Wales. The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the state of New South Wales and includes most of the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie His father was a builder and there were six children.
Dobell's artistic talents were evident early. In 1916, he was apprenticed to Newcastle architect, Wallace L. An architect is a licensed individual who leads a design team in the Planning and Design of buildings and participates in oversight of Building Construction Porter and in 1924 he moved to Sydney as a draftsman. Sydney (ˈsɪdniː is the most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 4 In 1925, he enrolled in evening art classes at Julian Ashton's School and was influenced by George Lambert. George Lambert (1700 -1765 was probably the first British-born artist to devote himself specifically to Landscape painting.
In 1929, Dobell was awarded the Society of Artists' Travelling Scholarship and travelled to England to the Slade School where he studied under Wilson Steer, Henry Tonks and William Orpen. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Slade School of Fine Art is the art school of University College London, UK Henry Tonks FRCS ( April 9, 1862 – January 8, 1937) was an English Surgeon, Artist and Art Major Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, KBE (27 November 1878 &ndash 29 September 1931 was an Irish portrait painter
In 1930, Dobell won first prize for figure painting at Slade and also travelled to Poland. Poland (Polska officially the Republic of Poland In 1931 Dobell travelled to Belgium and Paris, and after 10 years in Europe returned to Australia. The Kingdom of Belgium is a Country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters as well as those Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city
In 1939, he began as a part-time teacher at East Sydney Technical College. In 1941 Dobell was drafted into the Civil Construction Corps of the Allied Works Council as a camouflage painter; he later became an unofficial war artist. Camouflage is a method of cryptic or concealing coloration that allows an otherwise visible Organism A war artist, also known as a combat artista captures the experience of War in an Artistic manner whilst based in the battlefield In 1944, Dobell had his first solo exhibition including public collection loans at the inauguration of the David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney.
In 1949, he visited New Guinea as a guest of Sir Edward Hallstrom with writers Frank Clune and Colin Simpson. New Guinea, located just north of Australia, is the world's second largest island, having become separated from the Australian mainland when the area now known Sir Edward John Lees Hallstrom ( 25 September 1886 &mdash 27 February 1970) was one of Australia 's best-known Philanthropists The trip inspired a new series of tiny, brilliantly coloured landscapes. In 1950, he revisited New Guinea and on his return to Wangi he continued to paint scenes of New Guinea, as well as portraits.
Between 1960 and 1963 TIME magazine commissioned Dobell to paint four portraits for covers, one per year, of: Rt. Time (trademarked in capitals as TIME) is a weekly American Newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and Hon. Robert Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia; South Vietnam's President Ngo Dinh Diem; Frederick G. Sir Robert Gordon Menzies, KT, AK, CH, QC (20 December 1894 - 15 May 1978 Australian politician was the twelfth person to serve The Prime Minister of Australia is the Head of government of the Commonwealth of Australia, holding office on commission from the Governor-General. "RVN" redirects here RVN is also the former callsign of a TV station in Wagga Wagga New South Wales Australia Donner, the Chairman of General Motors; and Tunku Abdul Rahman, Prime Minister of Malaysia. General Motors Corporation ( GM) ( is a multinational automobile manufacturer founded in 1908 and headquartered in the United States. Sir Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah, CH ( February 8 1903 &ndash December 6 The Prime Minister of Malaysia (in Malay Perdana Menteri) is the indirectly elected Head of government of Malaysia.
In 1964, Dobell exhibited in a major retrospective at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the first monograph of his work was written by James Gleeson. The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW located in The Domain in Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, is the most important James Gleeson (born 21 November 1915) is Australia's foremost surrealist artist
In 1943, Dobell's work of Joshua Smith "Portrait of an artist" was awarded the Archibald Prize. The Archibald Prize is regarded as the most important Portraiture prize and is the most prominent of all arts prizes in Australia. This was contested in 1944 by two unsuccessful artists who brought a lawsuit against Dobell and the Gallery's Board of Trustees in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. The Supreme Court of New South Wales is the highest state Court of the Australian State of New South Wales (other than the Court of Appeal The award was upheld but the ordeal left Dobell emotionally disturbed and he retreated in 1945 to his sister's home at Wangi Wangi on Lake Macquarie, where he began to paint landscapes. Wangi Wangi is a suburb of the City of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia, which forms a peninsula jutting eastwards into Lake Macquarie is Australia 's largest coastal saltwater lake covering an area of in the Hunter Region of New South Wales with most of the City of Dobell did not like fame and it nearly destroyed him.
In 1948, Dobell entered "Margaret Olley" in the Archibald and won; he also won the Wynne prize for "Storm approaching Wangi". Wynne Prize, Australian landscape painting or figure sculpture art prize
In 1959, Dobell again won the Archibald for "Dr E. G. MacMahon".
Dobell was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 1965 and was Knighted in 1966. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British Order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. Knight is the English term for a social position originating in the Middle Ages.
He died in 1970 at Wangi. Dobell was homosexual, never married and on 19 January 1971 The Sir William Dobell Art Foundation was formed as the sole beneficiary of the artist's estate. Events 1419 - Hundred Years' War: Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy. Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar.
Dobell's style is unique in being able to adapt to suit the character of his subject. This was best described by James Gleeson; "One of the astonishing things about Dobell's portraiture is his ability to adjust his style to the nature of the personality he is portraying. . . . If the character of his sitter is broad and generous, he paints broadly and generously. If the character is contained and inward looking, he uses brushstrokes that convey this fact. In his later portraits one has only to look at a few square inches of a painted sleeve to know what sort of person is wearing it. "
This and successful portrait artist.
Among private and other public holdings, examples of Dobell's work are exhibited in the Newcastle Region Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. The National Gallery of Australia is the premier art gallery and museum in Australia, holding over 120000 works of Art. Canberra ( is the capital city of Australia With a population of over 340000 it is Australia's largest inland City.
The following are Dobell's Solo Exhibitions:
for Joshua Smith
for Margaret Olley
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