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“I BE­LIEVE AN ARTIST HAS TO GET a life rather than a ca­reer. They have to ex­pe­ri­ence the wide va­ri­ety of things that life can give you, all the changes that can hap­pen.” Wil­liam Robin­son’s cover story in­ter­view with Louise Martin-Chew for this is­sue of Artist Pro­file is a fas­ci­nat­ing read, full of apt ob­ser­va­tions and good ad­vice, es­pe­cially for any­one whose life is in­volved in the vis­ual arts.

There are par­tic­u­lar artists whose achieve­ments are im­por­tant to an un­der­stand­ing of vis­ual art. Robin­son is un­doubt­edly one of those artists, and not to recog­nise him is to be un­aware: there are few who can sur­pass his sen­si­tiv­ity. And at 81, he still has some­thing to achieve.

Af­ter be­ing ab­sorbed in me­dia ac­counts of the 2006 “July War” be­tween Is­rael and Le­banon, in her Paris stu­dio, Jude Rae de­cided to make por­trait draw­ings of lo­cals in Paris to raise money for the re­moval of land­mines and un­ex­ploded ord­nance from civil­ian spa­ces. Rae ex­plains to Lucy Stranger why her re­ac­tion to art and pol­i­tics in this war led to a new body of work.

Artist Liz O’Reilly shares her mov­ing story, and that of four other artists, of their ex­pe­ri­ence of the spir­i­tual as­so­ci­a­tions of Lake Mungo and their re­la­tion­ship with the tribal el­ders of the Paak­in­tji, Mut­thi Mut­thi and Ngyi­ampaa lands, as those el­ders strug­gle for the repa­tri­a­tion of Mungo Man to his an­ces­tral home.

In the 1960s Sid­ney Nolan pro­duced a se­ries of no­table paint­ings re­flect­ing the two and a half months he spent in Africa. More than 50 years later An­drew Tur­ley em­barked on a jour­ney to re­track Nolan’s African ex­pe­ri­ences. He dis­cusses the dis­cov­ery of a new link to those paint­ings be­yond the im­ages Nolan pre­sented.

We in­ter­view Mar­garet Loy Pula for the first time and hear about her first ex­hi­bi­tion in New York with Vi­en­nese artist Her­mann Nitsch. She shares her feel­ings upon see­ing her mother’s and daugh­ter’s paint­ings at the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art, and we also learn how ex­pe­ri­ences of her An­maty­erre cul­ture are re­alised through her fine dots.

Ros Auld wel­comed Ju­dith Pugh to her home and stu­dio, near the NSW re­gional city of Orange, where her ce­ram­ics re­flect the earth and the colours of her gar­den. We hear about a life thought­fully spent liv­ing a vo­ca­tion in the arts.

These and many other in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ences fill this is­sue of Artist Pro­file.

01 Leonard Brown, Stung by a bee in Korinthos, 2016, oil on li­nen, 90 x 120cm 01

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