Visual Artist Famous Artists from Australia

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This is a list of the most popular artists from Australia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries, artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history while providing entertainment and stirring masterworks. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching, or drawing, the famous Australian artists on this list all kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can also find useful information about these notable Australian artists, such as the location and date of their birth.

This list includes everyone from modern Australian painters like Ben Quilty to Aussie stained glass artists like the late John Radecki.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Australia?" and "Who are the most well-known Australian artists?"

For further information on these contemporary and historic Australian artists, just click on their names. If you're a fine art lover, use this list of celebrated Australian artists to discover some new paintings and timeless works in other media.
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Bernard Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
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Bernard Smith


Bernard William Smith was an Australian art historian, art critic and academic. ...more

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Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Nationality: Australia

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Sidney Nolan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
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Sir Sidney Robert Nolan OM, AC was one of Australia's best-known painters and printmakers. ...more

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Artworks: The Trial, Fitzpatrick and Kate Kelly, After Glenrowan Siege (Second Ned Kelly series)

Birthplace: St Kilda, Australia

Associated periods or movements: Surrealism

Nationality: Belgium, Australia

Art Forms: Painting

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Rolf Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
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Rolf Harris is an Australian entertainer. His career has encompassed work as a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, comedian, actor, painter and television personality. Harris lived in Bray, Berkshire, England, for more than six decades. Harris is widely known for his musical compositions "Tie Me ...more

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Artworks: The Queen^! 80th Birthday Commemorative Portrait, First snow^! Hyde park horses, Bonnie Tyler portrait, Winter willow Tessa Through the Blue Gums, + more

Birthplace: Bassendean, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Art Forms: Painting

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Norman Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
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Norman Alfred William Lindsay was an Australian artist, etcher, sculptor, writer, editorial cartoonist, scale modeler, and an accomplished amateur boxer. He was born in Creswick, Victoria. Lindsay was the son of Anglo-Irish surgeon Robert Charles William Alexander Lindsay and Jane Elizabeth Lindsay, ...more

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Artworks: The Curtain, City of Joy, Court to Peacocks, The Crucified Venus The Suitors, + more

Birthplace: Creswick, Australia

Nationality: Australia

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Helmut Newton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
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Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer. He was a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications." ...more

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Artworks: Sie Kommen (Naked and Dressed), Saddle I, Paris, Yves Saint Laurent Vogue France, + more

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Nationality: Australia, Germany

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Frank Hurley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
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James Francis "Frank" Hurley, OBE was an Australian photographer and adventurer. He participated in a number of expeditions to Antarctica and served as an official photographer with Australian forces during both world wars. His artistic style produced many memorable images. He also used staged ...more

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Birthplace: Glebe, Sydney, Australia

Nationality: Australia

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Adam Elliot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
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Adam Elliot is an independent Australian stop-motion animation writer, director and producer based in Melbourne, Australia. His five films have collectively participated in over seven-hundred film festivals and have received over one hundred awards, including an Academy Award for Harvie Krumpet and ...more

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Birthplace: Berwick, Australia

Nationality: Australia

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Shaun Tan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
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Shaun Tan is an Australian artist, writer and film maker. He won an Academy Award for The Lost Thing, a 2011 animated film adaptation of a 2000 picture book he wrote and illustrated. Beside The Lost Thing, The Red Tree and The Arrival are books he has written and illustrated. Tan was born in ...more

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Artworks: The Arrival. Illustration 05, Lost Thing. Illustration 03, Tales from Outer Suburbia. Illustration 01, Tales from Outer Suburbia. Illustration 04 Tales from Outer Suburbia. (Cover Artwork), + more

Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Nationality: Australia

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