More Noted Australian Artists
Updated October 2001

Ann James
An Illustrator's Story

Ann James, an illustrator was born in Melbourne - Victoria Australia in October 1952.

She grew up in Ringwood and attended Norwood Primary School and Tintern Girls School.

Ann trained as an arts and crafts teacher and taught at Doveton and Ringwood High School
before being seconded to the Publications Branch of the Education Department
of Victoria, where she worked as a graphic designer and illustrator of
educational publications from 1978 to 1988.

Now she Co-directs a Gallery for Children's Book illustration at Gasworks Park - Albert Park.

Her first trade children's book was " A Pet for Mrs. Arbuckle "
by Gwenda Smyth, a publications branch colleague.


Published by Oxford University Press

Bernice Knows Best - 1983. - Australian Junior Book of the Year 1984.

Penny Pollard's Diary, 1983. - Highly Commended Book of the Year 1984.

Penny Pollard's Letters, 1984.
..........Penny Pollard's in Print, 1986.

Looking Out for Sampson, 1987. - Shortlisted Junior Book of the Year 1988.

Penny Pollard's Passport, 1988.
........Penny Pollard's Guide to modern Manners, 1989

Beryl and Bertha at the Beach, 1990

First at Last, 1990. - Shortlisted Junior Book of the Year 1991.

Published by Thomas Nelson

A Pet for Mrs. Arbuckle, 1981 - Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year 1982.

Jo Jo and Mike, 1982.

The ABC of What You Can BE, 1984. - Published by Sugar & Snails Press.

Snakes and Ladders, 1985. - Published by Dent.

A Hobby for Mrs. Arbuckle, 1987 - Published by Viking Kestrel.

Published by Houghton Miffin

Wiggy and Boa, 1988. - Shortlisted Junior Book of the Year 1989.

Published by Omnibus Books

Dial-a-Croc, 1991.
.................Prince Lachlan, 1989. .............Dog In, Cat Out, 1991.


An Illustrator's Story

Ann demonstrates techniques and ideas when
designing Children's Books.

Richard Linton
Historical Marine Paintings

Richard Linton was born in Melbourne - Victoria, Australia.
Drawing at an early age and particular interested in all things nautical

Richard began in photolithography after studying among the first at the
Australian School of Printing. His first serious painting of a sailing ship was in 1957
and after some years made painting his profession. With his knowledge of printing
Richard produces the highest quality limited edition prints of his work.

1788 First Fleet in Botany Bay

One of the few marine artists commissioned by the Franklin Mint to have his paintings
reproduced in the old method of hand lithography in Paris at the famous house
of Moulet renowned for the reproductions of Chagall, Matisse and Picasso.

Brochures were printed in five languages and marketed worldwide.

His love of history and meticulous attention to detail makes him a world
authority on the subject and unique in todays art world.

Historical Marine Paintings
Demonstrating techniques, ideas and historical events

Barbara McManus
Portrait in Pastels

Barbara McManus was born in Melbourne - Victoria, Australia. Commenced painting in 1972.
She studied under Carol Boothman, Jean Carson-Gray and Roy Griffith.



8 Solo
.--....and 31 Group with " The Tuesday Painters "

Tutorial at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Universities 1991.

Tutored a group to China.

Teaching and exhibiting Council Member Victorian at Victorian Artists Society, 1984 - 1991


Pastel Society of Victoria.

Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors.

Australian Guild of Realist Artists and Waverley Art Society.


Selected exhibit " The Society Des Pastellists " - France.

Artist of the Year 1988 - Victorian Artists Society.

A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship 1986.

Finalist in Doug Moran National Portrait 1990.

33 First Prizes since 1982.


Scotch College, William Angliss and Co Melbourne, Croydon Council, Waverley Council,
and private collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Switzerland and United States.


Artists and Galleries of Australia - Max Germaine.

Who's Who in Australia and Far East - 1990.

International Biographical Centre Cambridge - England.

Portrait in Pastels

Painting techniques, colours, painting a life model.

Syd Tunn
A day in the Studio with
Syd Tunn & Wendy Henderson

Syd Tunn was born in Melbourne in 1946.
Studied art from 1962 to 1965 at Caulfield Institute of Technology,
majoring in painting, life drawing and printmaking.



7 Solo and 9 Feature Exhibitions

3 Joint Exhibitions with wife Ono Henderson at Eltham Wiregrass Gallery - Melbourne,
Victoria Australia 1990-1991.

Syd won numerous awards including Flinders Art Award.

His art works are in many corporate, private and public collections in Australia and Overseas.

Ono Henderson
Ono Henderson was born in Melbourne in 1949.

Studied art in the late 1960th at Swinburn Institute.


15 Solo and Feature Exhibtions.
3 Joint Exhibitions with Husband Syd Tunn.

Ono won numerous awards including 10 TV Australia Awards ( Wildlife Art Society Australasia ).

7 Public acquisitions, numerous corporate and private collections
throughout Australia and Overseas.

Both work full-time in fine art from their bush home and studio in Kangaroo Ground since 1980.

Still Life in acrylics with Syd Tunn


Still Life in acrylics, Reed Pen making and usage, An inside to Etching.

Hiltrud Barfuss
Drawing in Charcoal Nude models

" I believe to draw is observe and translating that vision is the challenge.

The human figure remains the most consistent and inexhaustible source of inspiration -
subject with which we can develop self awareness.

The mood and medium are the tools of expression - an important ingredient of every drawing.

Hildrud Barfus was educated at Camberwell Girls School and
studied art at Swinburn Technical College.


Morongo College - Geelong,
..Warracknabeal High School, ..Europe 1960 - 1961,

1980 Adult Groups, Ferntree Gully and Sherbrooke Art Society.

Exhibitions 1983 and 1986.

One of the ten women artists exhibiting during " The International Year of Women."

Commissions: Murals - City of Knox.

Her art works are represented in private collections throughout Australia and Overseas.

Drawing in Charcoal Nude models.



Herman Pekel
Panoramic Landscape in Watercolour

Herman Pekel was born in Melbourne in 1956. Painting from the age eight,
studied with Ernest Buckmaster and Roger Weber when eleven.

Degree in Fine Arts 1982 - 1985.

Since 1974 has held 12 Solo and 14 Group Exhibitions.


40 - 1st. Prize Watercolour Awards since 1982.

Mountbatten Award 1983 and 1987.

Wesley Art 1988 judged by Director of the National Gallery - Roger Wilson.

Alice Bale Award 1988.
.....Camberwell Travel Grant 1989.

90 Highly Commended Awards.

Member of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists - Victorian Artists Society.


Represented in the Artbank. ...National Leasing Collection - Canberra.

Royal Overseas League - London.
.....St.Kevin's College - Toorak.

Eltham Shire Permanent Collection.

His art works are in many private collections throughout Australia and Overseas.

Panoramic Landscape in Watercolour.



Gil Brooks
Art Print making

Gil was educated at Melbourne Boys High School.
Studied under Ian Bow at Victorian Artist's Society.
An interest in art led him to the screen printing industry where he
successfully ran his own business, being a foundation member of
The Screen Printers' Association. He now produces handcrafted limited edition prints.

Art Silkscreen Printing


He won the 1982 Ideal Home Award for architectural design.

Gil Brooks works mainly in watercolour, pastel and limited edtion prints.

Some completed silkscreen prints


He has exhibited in Victorian and Interstate Galleries.
His works are represented thruoghout Australia, Great Britain,
Germany and the United States.


1976 Corio. 1977 Corio. 1981 Corio, Alexander.

1982 Parade College, Good Shepherd, Lilydale, Wesley.

1984 Benalla, Yallourn, Burke Hall, Mooroolbark.

1985 Stagg Fair, Lilydale, Berwick, V.T.U., St Albans, Mount Lilydale, Yallourn.

Melbourne City Council - " Images of Melbourne "

Two prints aquired for permanent exhibition.

Art Print making




Walter Magilton
Landscape in Oils - Working from memory and pencil sketch

After an early life on a dairy farm in Western Victoria, Walter trained as an Art and Craft teacher
with Education Department of Victoria and holds both an Art Teacher Certificate
and a Diploma of Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
where he studied Sculpture and Gold and Silversmithing.

Walter has a number of sculpture commissions in Churches and Colleges
in Victoria and jewllery in private collections, but in recent years painting has been
the major and more rewarding involvement. He regards himself as a realist and works
in a range of media, but particularly oil and at a wide variety of subject matter.

He has a profound affinity with the varying moods of nature, a legacy of his country upbringing.
The "Grand" landscape is a constant challenge and a subject he is intimately familiar with.
The paintings can be subtle but at the same time vital and rich in colour and texture.


1975 - 8 Awards, 1976 - 13 Awards including 6 First Przes.

1977 - 13 Awards including the Bayswater Rotary Prize,
Sunbury Rotary Prize and the Lilydale Shire Prize.

1979 - 15 Awards including the Dick Ovenden Prize,
the Box Hill Lions Award, Sunbury Rotary Prize,
Keilor Prize, the Brighton Prize
and the Kew Rotary Prize.

1980 - 14 Awards including the Keilor Prize and the Box Hill Rotary Prize.

1981 - 15 Awards including the Keilor Prize, Box Hill Art Group Prize, Canberra
Three Schools Exhibition, Wesley College Prize and the Springvale Prize.

1982 - 28 Awards including Oil Painting Prize at the V.A.S. Spring Exhibition.

1983 - 21 Awards including the Keilor Prize and Brighton Prize.

1983 - In addition 3 Highly Commended Awards at Camberwell Rotary Exhibitions and
a Regular Exhibitor in the Victorian Artist's Society "Anual" Special Exhibition.

1984 - Numerous Awards: Best Painting in Show at Frankston and Keilor,
the Bayswater Prize and the Judges' Prize ( Oils ) at Essendon.

Landscape in Oils - Working from memory and pencil sketch


...Landscape in Oils




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