Abstract Australia at the Institute

Australian abstract works from the FM Courtis Collection, instigated in the 1950s in Bendigo, are currently on display at the La Trobe Art Institute.

This column originally appeared in the Bendigo Advertiser on Friday 12 May, by La Trobe Art Institute.

Australian abstract artworks that usually hang in the corridors of La Trobe University, Bendigo, are currently on display at the La Trobe Art Institute.

Think and Feel: Abstract Art in the FM Courtis Collection, displays works from a collection originally assembled by Bendigo Teachers’ College, which became part of the Faculty of Education of La Trobe University in 1991.

Mr Fred M. Courtis, lecturer and later head of art education at the college, began the collection so students and staff would have daily contact with original artworks, and to help foster a sense of national identity.

Unable to afford the grandest pieces of the time, with his astute eye Courtis was able to select more affordable works that were nonetheless excellent examples of Australian art.

Artists featured include Robert Jacks, Roger Kemp, John Coburn, and Billy Nolan Tjapangati.

Think and Feel is on show until Sunday, June 18, at LAI, 121 View Street, Bendigo.

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