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Jon Molvig

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Jon Molvig was born in Merewether, Newcastle, in 1923. His early life was spent working in a garage and at the Newcastle steelworks. In 1942 Molvig served in Port Moresby with the 14th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery and the Australian Imperial Force and then worked in prisoner-of-war reception camps on Morotai and in Manila. During this time Molvig developed an interest in art after seeing the sketches of a fellow soldier, Stanislaw Payne. On discharge, he enrolled in East Sydney Technical College in 1947 and exhibited with the Strath Art Group between 1949 and 1954.

An extended stay in Europe in 1949- 1952 exposed Molvig to the work of German and Norwegian expressionists, which was to have a major impact. On his return to Brisbane, the artist developed his own unique style, producing a series of intensely expressive paintings. From 1955 Molvig held weekly drawing classes and became a mentor to emerging artists.

Molvig was known for an evolving practice, inventing symbols and styles to suit the subject he was painting in series such as ‘Centralian’ which encorporated Aboriginal symbolism into his interpretation of the Australian landscape, and ‘Eden Industrial’ in which he used a blowtorch to erode the surfaces of the works. He was also an accomplished portrait painter, a regular finalist in the Archibald prize until he won, with a portrait of Charles Blackman, in 1966. Other prizes Molvig received include the 1955 and 1956 Lismore Prize, the 1961 Transfield Prize, the 1963 Perth Prize, the 1965 David Jones Prize, the 1966 Corio Prize and the 1969 Gold Coast Prize.

Untitled (Dancing Woman)

Untitled (Nude)

Untitled (seated woman)

Untitled (standing woman)

Untitled (Woman Seated)