Molvig, Jon (1923-1970)

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Molvig, Helge John (1923-1970)
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Apart from being one of Australia's major figurative expressionist painters, Jon Molvig became a significant inspiration for the art scene in Brisbane when he settled there in 1955.

(Helge John) Jon Molvig was born at Mereweather, Newcastle, NSW on 27 May 1923 to Helge Molvig, a Norwegian sailor and Bernadine Ward, whose family settled in northern New South Wales in 1852. After his mother’s early death in 1925, he was cared for by his grandmother, Isobel Ward, and after her death in 1932, by his aunt Eleanor Malley. On completing his primary schooling he worked in a garage and the Newcastle Steelworks. Molvig enlisted in the Australian Citizen Military Forces 5 December 1941, was called up in the 4th Field Regiment R.A.A. at Greta 12 February 1942 and finally discharged 27 January 1944 after service in New Guinea. His early interest in art was rekindled when he saw the sketches by fellow soldier Stanislaw Payne and enrolled at the Strathfield branch of the East Sydney Technical College under the terms of the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme in 1947. His skill as a draftsman was acknowledged by fellow student (and his long time friend) John Rigby. He exhibited with the Strath Art Group during its active years 1949-1954 but being an intensely private man and a committed individualist, it was also the only organised group in which he ever participated. His visit to Europe from late 1949-1952 with other students introduced him to the modernist paintings he had known only in reproductions. The work of the German and Norwegian expressionist painters he viewed at the Nasjonalgallerier, Oslo were later to prove very influential. He visited Brisbane in 1953 when ...

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  • fl. 1947 - 1969

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  • (see also) Corio Five Star Whisky Prize
  • (see also) Archibald Prize
  • (see also) Finney's (David Jones) Art Prize
  • (see also) Perth Prize for Painting
  • (see also) First Transfield Art Prize
  • (see also) The Rowney Drawing Prize
  • (see also) 1955 : Winner, Lismore Prize
  • (see also) Degeus, Maryke
  • (see also) Jamieson, Gil
  • (see also) Blackman, Charles
  • (see also) Fairweather, Ian
  • (see also) Sibley, Andrew J.
  • (see also) Shepherdson, Gordon
  • (see also) Molvig, Helge
  • (see also) Ward, Bernadine
  • (see also) van Gilst, Otte
  • (see also) Payne, Stanislaw
  • (see also) Grant, W.G.
  • (see also) Komon, Rudy
  • (see also) Aland, John
  • (see also) Moriarty, Mervyn
  • (see also) Johnstone, Brian
  • (see also) Johnstone, Marjorie
  • (see also) Langer, Gertrude
  • (see also) Thomas, Laurie
  • (see also) Mathews, Janet
  • (see also) Cuppaidge, Russell
  • (see also) Ward, Isobel
  • (see also) Molvig, Betty Churcher
  • (see also) Churcher, Betty
  • (see also) Cilento, Margaret
  • (see also) Cuppaidge, Virginia
  • (see also) Fairweather, Ian
  • (see also) Roggenkamp, Kenneth

    <p>Teacher and friend</p>

  • (see also) Roggenkamp, Joy

    <p>Teacher and close friend</p>

  • (see also) Sawrey, Hugh

    <p>Drawing teacher</p>

  • (see also) Staunton, Madonna
  • (see also) Thomson, Ann

    <p>studied with Molvig in Brisbane, 1956</p>

  • (see also) Strath Art Group
  • (see also) Crucifixion
  • (see also) Tree of Man
  • (see also) 'Tree of Man' series
  • (see also) Charles Blackman
  • (see also) The publican
  • (see also) 'Pale nude' series
  • (see also) Under arm still life No. 2
  • (see also) Joy Roggenkamp
  • (see also) The family
  • (see also) Eden industrial: The garden
  • (see also) Russell Cuppaidge
  • (see also) Janet Mathews
  • (see also) A twilight of women
  • (see also) Bride and groom
  • (see also) Self portrait
  • (see also) Skipping Girls

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  1. Jon Molvig (1923-1970) : a Queensland modern
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  2. Jon Molvig / Gallery of Contemporary Art
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  3. Jon Molvig : Maverick
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  4. Jon Molvig, interviewed by Hazel de Berg for the Hazel de Berg collection
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  5. Jon Molvig interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
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  6. Sam Fullbrook Sketchbook and Jon Molvig Catalogue
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  7. Jon Molvig, expressionist : Newcastle Region Art Gallery touring exhibition / [text by Katrina Rumley]
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  8. Molvig / Jon Molvig
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  9. Molvig : the lost Antipodean / Betty Churcher
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  1. Jon Molvig (1923-1970) : a Queensland modern
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  3. Jon Molvig : artist file
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  4. [Biographical cuttings on Jon Molvig, artist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
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  5. Jon Molvig (1923-1970) / Greg de Silva
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  6. Jon Molvig : Maverick
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  7. Molvig: the underlying harmony
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  8. Jon Molvig, interviewed by Hazel de Berg for the Hazel de Berg collection
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  10. Sam Fullbrook Sketchbook and Jon Molvig Catalogue
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    ... ARCHIBALD PRIZE TO JON MOLVIG SYDNEY, Friday. — Mr Jon Molvig has won the 1966 Archibald Prize with ... . Jon Molvig's Archibald Prize portrait of Charles Blackman. ... 149 words
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    ... AUSTRALIAN PAINTERS By Douglas Watson Poetic sensitivity 16. Jon Molvig (1923- —) JON MOLVIG was ... born in Newcastle, New South Wales, in 1923. He left school when he was 13 and began working as a ... 345 words
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