Jon Molvig: Maverick


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Jon Molvig (1923-70) settled in his adopted Brisbane in 1955 and dominated the city’s art scene into the late 1960s. A volatile and rebellious character, Molvig was also a charismatic teacher whose uncompromising commitment to painting inspired a group of young artists. Jon Molvig: Maverick will acknowledge Molvig’s contribution to the Brisbane art community, feature his early, vibrant works drawing on European influences and bring his stylistic eclecticism to the fore. Though short, Molvig’s career was influential, and he was always highly regarded by his peers, as well as by critics Robert Hughes and James Gleeson. Despite wide acquisition of his works by public galleries and private collectors, Molvig’s practice has not necessarily received the broader recognition it deserves. This beautifully designed and richly illustrated publication will revalue the artist’s unique contribution to Australian and Queensland art history on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Molvig’s death.

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Weight 1175 g
Dimensions 21.5 x 26.4 cm
Publisher name Queensland Art Gallery
Publication date 1 September 2019
Number of pages 160
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Contributions by Michael Hawker, Bruce Heiser, Michele Helmrich, and Samantha Littley
Dimensions 21.5 x 26.4 cm
Weight 1175 g


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Glenn R Cooke is former Research Curator (Queensland Heritage), Queensland Art Gallery |
Gallery of Modern Art. He recently curated 'With Heart and Hand: Art Pottery in Queensland
to 1950' (Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane, 2018).

Michael Hawker is Curator, Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art,
and the curator of 'Jon Molvig: Maverick'. He is also curator of 'Margaret Olley: A Generous
Life' (GOMA, 2019) and 'Lure of the Sun: Charles Blackman in Queensland' (QAG, 2015).

Bruce Heiser is a former gallerist (Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, 2004-17) and author of
Tempting Dame Fortune: A Brief History of the Dee Gold Rush, Central Queensland (Koro
Press, 2018).

Michele Helmrich was formerly Associate Director (Curatorial), University of Queensland Art
Museum. Her curatorial projects at UQAM included exhibitions on Shirley Macnamara, Denise
Green, Rosemary Laing, Lindy Lee, Judy Watson, Fiona Foley (in partnership with the
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney) and Margaret Olley (with Nick Mitzevich).

Samantha Littley is currently a Masters candidate at the Centre for Art History and Art
Theory, Australian National University, and an independent writer and curator. She was
formerly Curator, University of Queensland Art Museum (2010-18), and Curator, Australian
Art to 1970, Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art (2003-08).