Nolan, Sidney

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 world.

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).


The grave of Sidney Nolan at Highgate Cemetery (East), London.
Picture by Androom (18 Mar 2006)



Noriac, Jules

Published: 17 Dec 2006
Last update: 31 Mar 2024