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Sir Sidney Nolan

Born 1917, Melbourne, Australia.  Died 1992, London, England

Sidney Nolan attended the National Gallery Schools, Melbourne, and had his first exhibition in 1938. He designed the sets and costumes for Serge Lifar's Australian production of Icarus in 1942. In 1946 he began the Kelly series of paintings and prints, inspired by the legendary outlaw and the Australian landscape. The retrospective exhibition organised by the Royal West of England Academy in 1988 was shown at the Mead Gallery in 1989.

He moved to Europe to paint in the 1950s and for many years, lived and worked in London. He was knighted in 1981, gained the Order of Merit in 1993 and was elected a Royal Academician in 1991.

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