Trust hopes that centenary of once-famous painter, now largely forgotten in the UK, will revive his reputation
There was a time when Sidney Nolan was one of the best-known artists in the world, yet mention his name in the UK today and there might be a vague flicker of recognition. But more likely a shrug of the shoulders.
“It is really hard to imagine just how famous Sidney Nolan was,” said former journalist David Lipsey, now a Labour peer. “He was a man absolutely at the forefront of art and painting. And yet I meet people now, people who have gone to art college for God's sake, who haven't heard of him. I say I'm the chair of the Sidney Nolan Trust and they look at you … ”