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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
Bernard Smith 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
Sidney Nolan The Trial, Fitzpatrick and Kate Kelly, After Glenrowan Siege (Second Ned Kelly series) Sir Sidney Robert Nolan OM, AC was one of Australia's best-known painters and printmakers.

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Rolf Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Rolf Harris The Queen, 80th Birthday Commemorative Portrait, First snow 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, ...more

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

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Helmut Newton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Helmut Newton Sie Kommen (Naked and Dressed), Saddle I, Paris 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 ...more

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

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Adam Elliot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Adam Elliot 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 ...more

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Shaun Tan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Shaun Tan The Arrival. Illustration 05, Lost Thing. Illustration 03, Tales from Outer Suburbia. Illustration 01 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 ...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 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
Robert Ingpen 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, ...more

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Scott Hicks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Scott Hicks 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 ...more

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Michael Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Michael Hepburn 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.

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

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Martin Sharp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Martin Sharp Max Ernst, The Bird Man, Jimi Hendrix 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 ...more

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Ian Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Ian Lloyd 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 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 ...more

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Tom Roberts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Tom Roberts The Big Picture, Shearing the Rams, Bailed Up Thomas William "Tom" Roberts was a prominent Australian artist and a key member of the Heidelberg School.

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Arthur Higgins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Arthur Higgins 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 ...more

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Tracey Moffatt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Tracey Moffatt Heart Attack, Telecam Guys, Mother's Day 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, ...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 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 ...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 Frederick McCubbin was an Australian painter who was prominent in the Heidelberg School, one of the more important periods in Australia's visual arts history.

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Richard Woldendorp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Richard Woldendorp Richard Leo Woldendorp is an Australian photographer. Born in Utrecht, Netherlands, he migrated to Australia in 1950. He began photographing in 1956, initially on various projects in Indonesia. ...more

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John Garrett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
John Garrett 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 Inge King is a German-born Australian sculptor. She has received many significant public commissions. Her work is held in public and private collections. Her best known work is Forward Surge at ...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 David Fielding Gough Boyd, OAM was an Australian artist, and a member of the Boyd artistic dynasty.

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John Brack is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
John Brack The Car, Collins St., 5 pm John Brack was an Australian painter, and a member of the Antipodeans group. According to one critic, Brack's early works captured the idiosyncrasies of their time "more powerfully and ...more

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John Glover is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
John Glover Mills Plains, Aboriginal Coroboree in Van Diemen's Land, Natives on the Ouse River John Glover was an English-born Australian artist during the early colonial period of Australian art. In Australia he has been dubbed "the father of Australian landscape painting".

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Mirka Mora is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Mirka Mora Salute, Young Angel, By the Sea Mirka Mora is a prominent French-born Australian visual artist who has contributed significantly to the development of contemporary art in Australia. Her mediums include painting, sculpture and ...more

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Fred Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Fred Williams Beachscape with bathers Queenscliff I, Gorge landscape, The forest pond Frederick Ronald Williams OBE was an Australian painter and printmaker. He was one of Australia’s most important artists, and one of the twentieth century’s major painters of the landscape. He ...more

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Craig Nicholls is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Craig Nicholls Craig Robert Nicholls, is an Australian musician, best known as the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the Australian alternative rock band The Vines, of which he is the only mainstay ...more

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Hugh Edwards is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Hugh Edwards Hugh Edwards is a Western Australian author and marine photographer who has written numerous books on maritime, local and natural history and diving.

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John Beard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
John Beard Baby Gorilla, The Land's End II, The Land's End I John Beard is a Welsh artist and painter born in Aberdare, Wales, he is now based in Sydney, Lisbon and London.

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Leigh Bowery is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Leigh Bowery Leigh Bowery was an Australian performance artist, club promoter, actor, pop star, model, and fashion designer, based in London. Bowery is considered one of the more influential figures in the ...more

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Richard Wolstencroft is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Richard Wolstencroft Richard Wolstencroft is an Australian filmmaker, film festival director, former nightclub promoter, writer, cinema critic, cultural and political commentator. He is the founder and director of ...more

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Ricky Swallow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Ricky Swallow Tusk, History of holding, Bowman’s record Ricky Swallow is an Australian sculptor, who lives and works in Los Angeles. He creates detailed pieces and installations in a variety of media, often utilising objects of everyday life as well ...more

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Godfrey Blow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Godfrey Blow Godfrey Blow is an artist based in Kalamunda, Western Australia. He is the founder of the Perth Stuckists.

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Grace Cossington Smith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Grace Cossington Smith The Sock Knitter, The Lacquer Room, The Bridge in Curve Grace Cossington Smith AO OBE was an Australian artist and pioneer of modernist painting in Australia and was instrumental in introducing Post-Impressionism to her home country. Examples of her ...more

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Harry Frauca is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Harry Frauca Harry Frauca was an Australian naturalist, writer and photographer. Of Catalan origin, he moved to Australia in the 1950s and became an Australian citizen. From 1960 he became a full-time writer ...more

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Bill Henson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Bill Henson Untitled # 20 (LMO SH177 N2A), 2000-03, Untitled # 77 (CL SH451 N3) Bill Henson is an Australian contemporary art photographer.

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Albert Namatjira is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Albert Namatjira Wildlife near the Gosse Range, Ajantzi Waterhole, Flowering Shrubs Albert Namatjira, born Elea Namatjira, was a Western Arrernte-speaking Aboriginal artist from the western MacDonnell Ranges in Australia. As one of the most prominent Aboriginal artist of the ...more

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Joy Hester is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Joy Hester Head of a man, Gethsemane III, Study of a woman (student head) Joy St Clair Hester was an Australian artist who played an important, though sometimes underrated, role in the development of Australian modernism.

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Reg Mombassa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Reg Mombassa Skirting the Rim of Hell, Car-bone with Space Dog, Skirting the Rim of Hell Chris O'Doherty, preferably known by the pseudonym Reg Mombassa, is a New Zealand-born artist and musician. Resident in Australia, he is known there for both for his artworks and his musical ...more

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Albert Tucker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Albert Tucker Wounded Head, Man at Table, Floating Figures Albert Lee Tucker, was an Australian artist, and member of the Heide Circle, a group of modernist artists and writers that centred on the art patrons John and Sunday Reed, whose home, ...more

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Emily Kame Kngwarreye Alaqura Profusion, Arlatyere, Yam Dreaming Awelye Emily Kame Kngwarreye was an Australian Aboriginal artist from the Utopia community in the Northern Territory. She is one of the most prominent and successful artists in the history of ...more

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Howard Arkley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Howard Arkley Riteroom, Shadow Factories, Portrait of Brett Lea Howard Arkley was an Australian artist, born in Melbourne, known for his airbrushed paintings of houses, architecture and suburbia. His mother's side of the family was Jewish and his father was ...more

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George Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
George Johnson George Johnson is an artist who made his name in Australia.

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Densey Clyne is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Densey Clyne Densey Clyne is an Australian naturalist, photographer and writer, especially well known for her studies of spiders and insects. She was born in Risca, Wales, United Kingdom, and moved to ...more

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John Perceval is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
John Perceval Ocean beach, Sorrento, Scudding Swans John de Burgh Perceval AO was a well-known Australian artist. Perceval was the last surviving member of a group known as the Angry Penguins who redefined Australian art in the 1940s. Other ...more

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Benjamin Duterrau is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Benjamin Duterrau Portrait of Caleb Tapping, Storm Bay as Seen from the Top of Mount Nelson, Native Catching a Kangaroo Benjamin Duterrau was an English painter, etcher, engraver, sculptor and art lecturer who emigrated to Tasmania. There he became known for his images of Indigenous people and Australian history ...more

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Jason Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Artists from Australia
Jason Benjamin Staring down the past, I'm ready, I'm coming Jason Benjamin is an Australian painter. Benjamin was born in Melbourne in 1971 and now lives and works in Sydney. He has been exhibiting since 1989 and won the 2005 Packing Room Prize at the ...more