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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Australia

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Bernard William Smith was an Australian art historian, art critic and academic.
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Sidney Nolan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
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

Sir Sidney Robert Nolan (; 22 April 1917 – 28 November 1992) was one of Australia's leading artists of the 20th century. Working in a wide variety of mediums, his oeuvre is among the most ...more
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Rolf Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
The Queen, 80th Birthday Commemorative Portrait, First snow

Birthplace: Bassendean, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Art Forms: Painting

Rolf Harris (born 30 March 1930) is an Australian entertainer whose career has encompassed work as a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, comedian, actor, painter and television ...more

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Norman Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
The Curtain, City of Joy, Court to Peacocks

Birthplace: Creswick, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Norman Alfred William Lindsay (22 February 1879 – 21 November 1969) was an Australian artist, etcher, sculptor, writer, editorial cartoonist, scale modeller, and an accomplished amateur boxer.
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Helmut Newton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Sie Kommen (Naked and Dressed), Saddle I, Paris

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Nationality: Australia, Germany

Helmut Newton (born Helmut Neustädter; 31 October 1920 – 23 January 2004) was a German-Australian photographer. He was a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose ...more

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#14 of 33 The Most Controversial Photographers Of All Time #23 of 55 The Best Portrait Photographers

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Frank Hurley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Australia

Birthplace: Glebe, Sydney, Australia

Nationality: Australia

James Francis Hurley, OBE (15 October 1885 – 16 January 1962) was an Australian photographer and adventurer. He participated in a number of expeditions to Antarctica and served as an official ...more
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Adam Elliot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Australia

Birthplace: Berwick, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Adam Elliot (born 2 January 1972) is an independent Australian stop-motion animation writer, director and producer based in Melbourne, Australia. His five films have collectively participated in ...more
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Shaun Tan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
The Arrival. Illustration 05, Lost Thing. Illustration 03, Tales from Outer Suburbia. Illustration 01

Birthplace: Fremantle, Australasia, Western Australia, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Shaun Tan (born 1974) 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. ...more
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Percy Trezise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Percy Trezise Water Birds, Kennedy Lakes, Gathering the Lillies

Birthplace: Tallangatta, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Art Forms: Painting

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 ...more
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Robert Ingpen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Australia

Birthplace: Geelong, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Art Forms: Painting

Robert Roger Ingpen AM, FRSA (born 13 October 1936) is an Australian graphic designer, illustrator, and writer. For his "lasting contribution" as a children's illustrator he received ...more
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Scott Hicks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Australia

Birthplace: Uganda

Nationality: Australia

Robert Scott Hicks (born 4 March 1953) 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 ...more
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Michael Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Michael Hepburn

Birthplace: Auchenflower, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Michael Hepburn (born 17 August 1991) is an Australian track and road cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Mitchelton–Scott.From Brisbane, Hepburn started competitively cycling at 14 ...more
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Donald Friend is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Donald Friend The Four Seasons - Autumn, The Trojan Horse, Street Scene

Birthplace: Cremorne, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Art Forms: Painting

Donald Stuart Leslie Friend (6 February 1914 – 16 August 1989) was an Australian artist and diarist.
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Martin Sharp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Max Ernst, The Bird Man, Jimi Hendrix

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Associated periods or movements: Underground

Nationality: Australia

Martin Ritchie Sharp (21 January 1942 – 1 December 2013) was an Australian artist, cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker. Sharp made contributions to Australian and international culture from ...more
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Ian Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Ian Lloyd

Birthplace: Midland, Canada

Nationality: Canada, Australia

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 ...more
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Jeff Carter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Jeff Carter

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Jeff Carter (5 August 1928 – 25 October 2010) was an Australian photographer, filmmaker and author. His work was widely published and contributed iconic representation of the working population ...more
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Tom Roberts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
The Big Picture, Shearing the Rams, Bailed Up

Birthplace: Dorchester, Dorset, England

Associated periods or movements: Heidelberg School

Nationality: Australia

Thomas William "Tom" Roberts (8 March 1856 – 14 September 1931) was an English-born Australian artist and a key member of the Heidelberg School, also known as Australian Impressionism. ...more
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Arthur Higgins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Australia

Birthplace: Hobart, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Arthur Embery Higgins (25 October 1891 – 22 September 1963) was a pioneering Australian cinematographer known for his use of trick photography during the silent era. His ongoing collaborations ...more
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Tracey Moffatt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Heart Attack, Telecam Guys, Mother's Day

Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Tracey Moffatt (born 12 November 1960) is an Australian artist who primarily uses photography and video.In 2017 she represented Australia at the 57th Venice Biennale with her solo exhibition, ...more
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Charles Conder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Charles Conder A holiday at Mentone

Birthplace: Tottenham, London, United Kingdom

Associated periods or movements: Heidelberg School

Nationality: Australia

Art Forms: Painting

Charles Edward Conder (24 October 1868 – 9 February 1909) was an English-born painter, lithographer and designer. He emigrated to Australia and was a key figure in the Heidelberg School, ...more
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Frederick McCubbin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Frederick McCubbin The Pioneer, Self-Portrait, Falls Bridge

Birthplace: West Melbourne, Australia

Associated periods or movements: Heidelberg School, Impressionism

Nationality: Australia

Art Forms: Painting

Frederick McCubbin (25 February 1855 – 20 December 1917) was an Australian artist and prominent member of the Heidelberg School art movement, also known as Australian Impressionism.
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Richard Woldendorp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Australia

Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands, Australia

Richard Leo Woldendorp (born 1 January 1927) is a Dutch-Australian photographer known for his aerial photography of Australian geography.
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John Garrett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Australia

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Nationality: Australia

John Garrett is an Australian/British photojournalist whose work is mainly on fashion, reportage and photojournalism. He has covered situations and exhibited widely and is the author of many
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Inge King is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Inge King Awakening, Moonbird, Forward Surge

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Nationality: Australia, Germany

Art Forms: Sculpture

Ingeborg Viktoria "Inge" King (née Neufeld; 26 November 1915 – 23 April 2016) was a German-born Australian sculptor. She received many significant public commissions. Her work ...more
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David Boyd is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
David Boyd Child in a Water Landscape, Flinders Ghost, Kneeling Figure with Cockatoo

Birthplace: Murrumbeena, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting

David Fielding Gough Boyd (23 August 1924 – 10 November 2011) was an Australian artist, and a member of the Boyd artistic dynasty.