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Charles Blackman

Born Sydney NSW 1928
Figurative painter in most media

Attended drawing classes at East Sydney Technical College 1943-46
Worked as a press artist on the Sydney Sun newspaper 1945
Moved to Melbourne, married and started painting full time 1950
Was active in the re-establishment of the Contemporary Art Society and served as acting vice president in 1954

Had 15 one-man shows in Australian capital cities 1950-60
Mattiesen Gallery, London 1961
Johnstone Gallery, Brisbane 1963, 1966
South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne 1964, 1966
Clune Gallery, Sydney 1965
Festival of Perth Invitation Exhibition 1966
'Retrospective Drawing' exhibition, Adelaide Festival 1974 (including his Portugestries tapestries)
Homage to Surfers Paradise and Ode to St Albans, Canberra 1976
'Colette' at Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney and Australian Galleries, Melbourne 1977
Then overseas at the Australian Painting exhibition, Whitechapel, London; Biennale de Jeunes, Paris (with Whitely and Daws) 1961
British Arts Council show toured UK and Germany. Australians Abroad exhibition, Folkstone, UK; Saigon, 'Twenty Nations' exhibition; 'Hallmark Awards' exhibition, US; Whitechapel Gallery, London 1962; Australian Painting Exhibition, Tate Gallery, London 1963; 'Four Australian Painters' Queen's Square Gallery, Leeds UK and Art for Science exhibition, Canterbury, UK, 1964; 'Towner Gallery' Eastbourne, UK; Zwemmer Gallery, London; 'Young Australians' Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan, 1965; Mertz Collection, Washington DC, USA 1967; Tokyo Japan (solo) 1973; Hong Kong Exhibition at the Australian Royal Commission 1978; Alice in Wonderland, Heide Gallery, Melbourne, 1983; Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide Festival 1984; Ray Hughes, Brisbane 1985; Holdsworth, Sydney 1985; Tolarno, Melbourne 1987; BMG Adelaide 1988; Greenhill, Perth 1988; Charles Hodrum, Melbourne, 1988; BMG, Sydney 1989; Leonard Gallery, 1988; Tokyo 1989; Saville Galleries, Sydney 1989.

Rowney Prize 1959
Helena Rubenstein Travelling Scholarship 1960
Dyason Endowment, Melbourne 1960
Silver Medal 'Twenty Nations' exhibition, Saigon 1962
Awarded OBE and Queen's Jubilee Medal in 1977 for services to the Arts

Apart from his numerous exhibitions listed above, Charles Blackman has been active in many other matters.
He has produced a series of genre paintings and paintings from the nude (1972) from which Sony Corporation presented Girl Listening to Music to the Drama Theatre of the Sydney Opera House.
He lived for a term at Cite International Des Arts in Paris and produced a volume of drawings of that city.
He exbibited in Canberra 1975, Brisbane 1976, and Melbourne 1977.

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