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Nolan, Sidney

(22-04-1917 to 28-11-1992)

Sidney Nolan was born in Melbourne. He left school at 14 and started a part-time course in art at the Prahran Technical College. Later he studied at the National Gallery Art School, Melbourne, from 1934. He also studied in 1957 in Paris under S.W.Hayter at the Atelier 17. Nolan was conscripted into the army in WW2 and served at Dimboola in the Wimmera District of Victoria 1942-5. Well known for his series of paintings on the theme of the bushranger Ned Kelly which he began in 1946. He later painted personal interpretations of historical and legendary figures such as Eliza Fraser and Burke and Wills. Nolan lived mainly in Britain from 1950. He also designed sets for ballet and opera and provided illustrations for books. He died in London in 1992, aged 75.