Born in Melbourne 1917, Sidney Nolan was one of Australia's most well known artists. He was also a well regarded member of the Heide Circle of artists which worked with figurative modernism. Nolan's work is characterised by his personal interpretations of Australian historical and legendary figures including the explorers Burke and Wills, Eliza Fraser and Ned Kelly for which he is most renown. His Ned Kelly saga feature highly stylised depictions of the bushranger and the Australian landscape and serve not as a historical account, but also a vessel to explore themes of love, betrayal and injustice.
Nolan's work is represented both nationally and internationally at galleries including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Tate Gallery in London.