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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

    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
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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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    • Birthplace: Victoria, Australasia, Melbourne, Australia, St Kilda
    • Associated periods or movements: Surrealism
    • Nationality: Belgium, Australia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Rolf Harris
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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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    • Birthplace: Bassendean, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Norman Lindsay
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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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    • Birthplace: Victoria, Australasia, Creswick, Australia
    • Nationality: 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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    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Nationality: Australia, Germany
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    Frank Hurley
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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 scenes, ...more

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    • Birthplace: New South Wales, Inner West, Australasia, Sydney, Glebe, + more
    • Nationality: 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 five ...more

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    • Birthplace: Berwick, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
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    Shaun Tan
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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 Fremantle, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Fremantle, Australasia, Western Australia, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
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    Percy Trezise

    Percy Trezise AM was an Australian pilot, painter, explorer and writer as well as, notably, a discoverer, documenter and historian of Aboriginal rock art. He was born in Tallangatta, Victoria but is associated especially with Far North Queensland and the rock art galleries of the Cape York Peninsula. He ...more

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    • Birthplace: Tallangatta, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Robert Ingpen
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    Robert Roger Ingpen AM, FRSA is an Australian graphic designer, illustrator, and writer. For his "lasting contribution" as a children's illustrator he received the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1986.more

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    • Birthplace: Geelong, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Robert Scott Hicks is an Australian film director and screenwriter. He is best known as the screenwriter and director of Shine, the Oscar-winning biopic of pianist David Helfgott. Hicks's work has been nominated for an Academy Award as well as winning an Emmy Award. Other movies he directed include the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Uganda, Africa
    • Nationality: Australia
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    Michael Hepburn

    Michael Hepburn
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    Michael Hepburn is an Australian track and road cyclist from Brisbane. Hepburn started competitively cycling at 14 years of age after making the change from triathlons.more

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    • Birthplace: Auchenflower, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
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    Donald Friend

    Donald Stuart Leslie Friend was an Australian artist, writer and diarist.more

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    • Birthplace: Cremorne, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Martin Sharp
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    Martin Ritchie Sharp was an Australian artist, underground cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker. Sharp made contributions to Australian and international culture from the early 1960s, and was called Australia's foremost pop artist. His psychedelic posters of Bob Dylan, Donovan and others, rank as ...more

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    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Associated periods or movements: Underground
    • Nationality: Australia
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    Ian Lloyd

    Ian Lloyd
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    R. Ian Lloyd is an Australian photographer who was born in Canada in 1953 and studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and Brooks Institute of Photography in the United States before coming to Australia in 1975. He worked in television and as a photographer for guide books before ...more

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    • Birthplace: Midland, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada, Australia
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    Jeff Carter

    Jeff Carter was an Australian photographer, filmmaker and author. His work was widely published and contributed iconic representation of the working population of the Australian bush as self-sufficient rugged and laconic.more

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    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
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    Tom Roberts
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    Thomas William "Tom" Roberts was a prominent Australian artist and a key member of the Heidelberg School.more

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    • Birthplace: Dorchester, Dorset, England
    • Associated periods or movements: Heidelberg School
    • Nationality: Australia
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    Arthur Embery Higgins was a pioneering Australian cinematographer known for his use of trick photography during the silent era. His ongoing collaborations with director Raymond Longford include The Sentimental Bloke and The Blue Mountains Mystery. He briefly turned to directing with Odds On however ...more

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    • Birthplace: Hobart, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
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    Tracey Moffatt is an Australian artist who primarily uses photography and video. Born in Brisbane in 1960, she holds a degree in visual communications from the Queensland College of Art, graduating in 1982. Her works are held in the collections of the Tate, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
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    Charles Conder

    Charles Conder
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    Charles Edward Conder was an English-born painter, lithographer and designer. He emigrated to Australia and was a key figure in the Heidelberg School, arguably the beginning of a distinctively Australian tradition in Western art.more

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    • Birthplace: Tottenham, London, United Kingdom
    • Associated periods or movements: Heidelberg School
    • Nationality: Australia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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