Sir William Dobell
(24 September 1899 – 13 May 1970) was an Australian artist
).The electoral Division of Dobell
is named after him.
William Dobell was born in Cooks Hill
, a working class neighbourhood of Newcastle
, New South Wales
. His father was a builder and there were six children.
Dobell's artistic talents were evident early. In 1916, he was apprenticed to Newcastle architect
, Wallace L. Porter and in 1924 he moved to Sydney
as a draftsman. In 1925, he enrolled in evening art classes at Julian Ashton
's School and was influenced by George Lambert
In 1929, Dobell was awarded the Society of Artists' Travelling Scholarship and travelled to England
to the Slade School
where he studied under Wilson Steer
, Henry Tonks
and William Orpen
. In 1930, he won first prize for figure painting at Slade and also travelled to Poland
. In 1931 he moved on to Belgium
, and after 10 years in Europe returned to Australia - taking with him a new Expressionist style of painting as opposed to his earlier naturalistic approach.
In 1939, he began as a part-time teacher at East Sydney Technical College. After the breakout of war, he was drafted into the Civil Construction Corps of the Allied Works Council in 1941 as a camouflage
painter; he later became an unofficial war artist
. In 1944, he had his first solo exhibition including public collection loans at the inauguration of the David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney.
In 1949, he visited New Guinea
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