William DOBELL

William Dobell (1899-1970) was born in Cooks Hill, Newcastle NSW. He founded his interests in drawing and painting at Sydney Art School in 1924 when he moved to the city. Following his win of the Society of Artists' Travelling Scholarship in 1929 he attended the Slade School in England. He concluded his time abroad with travels across Europe which imbued his work with an Expressionistic style, as opposed to his earlier naturalistic approach.

Dobell later became an unofficial war artist after the outbreak of WWII. His controversial win of the Archibald Prize for his 1943 portrait of Joshua Smith, Portrait of an Artist, threw him into the public eye and he grew to become one of Australia’s best known and loved artists.

Dobell was a very prolific artist and it is thought that the small work in Lismore Regional Gallery's collection was probably sketched as a small gift to thank a friend.

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