BORN 22 Apr 1917, Melbourne - DIED 27 Nov 1992, London|
GRAVE LOCATION London: Highgate Cemetery East, Swain's Lane, Highgate
Sidney Nolan was educated at the Prahan Technical College and
the National Gallery Art School in Melbourne before he took
over his own education. He was influenced by the poet Arthur
Rimbaud and in 1938 he became a professional painter. He would
use different painting styles during his life. During the Second
World War he served in the army from 1942 until 1945. He travelled
through Europe, America, Japan, Africa and other parts of the
He was a friend of the art patrons John and Sunday Reed. He conducted an open affair with Sunday, but after she refused to leave her husband he married Reed's sister, Cynthia, in 1948. There was bitter feud between him and his former friend Patrick White because of his treatment of Cynthia.
In 1950 he moved to London, where he lived for the rest of his life. In 1957 he had a large exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. In 1978 he married the painter Mary Boyd (b.1926), the former wife of the painter John Perceval (1923-2000).