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HANS HEYSEN: An Artist for All Seasons

Sir Wilhelm Ernst Hans Franz Heysen was born in Germany before his family emigrated to Australia. Hans showed early promise as an artist at school. Hans began painting and attended night art classes while he was with his father’s hardware merchant business. In 1894, he had already sold his first painting. A few years after, he joined the Easel Club and exhibited with them every year between 1895-1899. He would later receive several art prizes and sell a number of his works. Hans was an early pioneer of nature conservation, which was reflected in his works. Hans is regarded as the first non-Australian artist to paint the gum trees and other characteristics of rural life.

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Date

10 Aug 2020

Author

Jason Harris

Mid Century Furniture

ROBIN DAY: Leading Every Step of the Way

Robin Day possessed a talent for drawing from an early age and his birthplace was also a great influence on his chosen career path as High Wycombe was a place renowned for its furniture making. Day may have produced a wide range of furniture but perhaps the most well-known of his creations was the polypropylene chair, fondly known as the polyprop chair. It was a game-changer and its phenomenal success made it a landmark in modern design. His designs prioritised durability, function and comfort. His furniture was an inspiration for many modern furniture designers. Robin Day devoted himself to creating high-tech, mass-produced, budget furniture believing it would contribute to the betterment of the world.

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Date

03 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

Mid Century Furniture

SCHULIM KRIMPER: Premier Australian Cabinetmaker

Schulim Krimper was an Australian furniture designer and cabinetmaker who took the local Melbourne furniture market by storm during the 1960s and 70s with his modernist pieces. His furniture and cabinets during that time had exceptional materials and artistry making them instant collector’s items. His cabinets usually had simple designs, with a focus on clean, smooth lines and ergonomically curved edges. He was also quite partial to low profiles. So in awe were the clients of his work that they afforded him the kind of respect that was usually reserved for artists such as sculptors and painters. His pieces are still highly sought after today and often fetch high prices in auctions and sales.

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Date

03 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

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