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Famous Artists from Australia

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.
  • Sidney Nolan
    The Trial, Fitzpatrick and Kate Kelly, After Glenrowan Siege (Second Ned Kelly series)
    • Birthplace: St Kilda, Australia
    • Associated periods or movements: Surrealism
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Rolf Harris
    The Queen, 80th Birthday Commemorative Portrait, First snow
    • Birthplace: Bassendean, Australia
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Norman Lindsay
    The Curtain, City of Joy, Court to Peacocks
    • Birthplace: Creswick, Australia
  • Helmut Newton
    Sie Kommen (Naked and Dressed), Saddle I, Paris
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
  • Shaun Tan
    The Arrival. Illustration 05, Lost Thing. Illustration 03, Tales from Outer Suburbia. Illustration 01
    • Birthplace: Perth, Australia
  • Percy Trezise
    Water Birds, Kennedy Lakes, Gathering the Lillies
    • Birthplace: Tallangatta, Australia
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Donald Friend
    The Four Seasons - Autumn, The Trojan Horse, Street Scene
    • Birthplace: Cremorne, Australia
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Martin Sharp
    Max Ernst, The Bird Man, Jimi Hendrix
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Associated periods or movements: Underground
  • Tom Roberts
    The Big Picture, Shearing the Rams, Bailed Up
    • Birthplace: Dorchester, Dorset, England
    • Associated periods or movements: Heidelberg School
  • Tracey Moffatt
    Heart Attack, Telecam Guys, Mother's Day
    • Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
  • Charles Conder
    A holiday at Mentone
    • Birthplace: Tottenham, London, United Kingdom
    • Associated periods or movements: Heidelberg School
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Frederick McCubbin
    The Pioneer, Self-Portrait, Falls Bridge
    • Birthplace: West Melbourne, Australia
    • Associated periods or movements: Heidelberg School, Impressionism
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Inge King
    Awakening, Moonbird, Forward Surge
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
  • David Boyd
    Child in a Water Landscape, Flinders Ghost, Kneeling Figure with Cockatoo
    • Birthplace: Murrumbeena, Australia
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting