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‘Jon Molvig: Maverick’
Sep 2019 - Feb 2020

Jon Molvig / Australia NSW 19–1970 / Self portrait (detail) c.1960–61 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Otte Bartzis

Jon Molvig (1923–70) spent the greater part of his productive life in Brisbane where he dominated the art scene into the late 1960s. Brisbane was the catalyst for his major work, providing him with scope for his expressionist view of the world. Outspoken and rebellious, Molvig was also a charismatic teacher whose uncompromising commitment to painting inspired a group of young artists.

This survey — including works from the QAGOMA Collection (listed below), as well as works on loan — acknowledged Molvig’s contribution to the local art community, features his early, vibrant works drawing on European influences and brings his stylistic eclecticism to the fore.

‘Jon Molvig: Maverick’ was on display in QAG’s Gallery 4 from 14 September 2019 to 2 February 2020.



Feature image: Jon Molvig / Australia NSW 1923–70 / Self portrait (detail) c.1960–61 / Purchased 1979 / Collection: QAGOMA / © Otte Bartzis