Culture 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
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)
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
The Queen, 80th Birthday Commemorative Portrait, First snow
This person 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
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
Sie Kommen (Naked and Dressed), Saddle I, Paris
Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer.

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