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Meg Stewart Meg Stewart i(A23776 works by) (a.k.a. Margaret Mary Elizabeth Stewart)
Born: Established: 1948 ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Film maker, writer and novelist, Meg Stewart is the daughter of the artist Margaret Cohen and the writer and poet Douglas Stewart (qq.v).

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

1994 inaugural winner State Library of New South Wales Fellowships Nancy Keesing Fellowship

for her project: An Overview of the Literary  Papers of Nancy Keesing and a New Compilation of Poems

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Margaret Olley : Far from a Still Life Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2005 Z1220833 2005 single work biography

'Margaret Olley's life began in the tropics of north Queensland on a cane and dairy farm. But her family was soon on the move, first to the Tweed in New South Wales, then to Brisbane. During her last years at school, Margaret's artistic talent became apparent and she was encouraged to apply to study art formally.

So, in Sydney in the early 1940s, her life-long love affair with painting began. Here, too, she met artists such as Russell Drysdale, Donald Friend, David Strachan and William Dobell, with whom she would form enduring friendships. In 1948 William Dobell asked if she would sit for him and the resulting portrait won the Archibald Prize, just as she was setting off overseas. Bohemian adventures in Europe followed.

Margaret travelled - sketch book in hand - in England, France, Italy and Spain, and lived on a vineyard in Cassis in the south of France. But in 1953 she returned to Australia struggling with her drinking and was forced to choose to dry out or dry up creatively. Once she'd made her decision, her return to life and painting was joyous.

Nowadays, despite a recent bout of profound depression, when not only did she want to give up painting but also living, she still produces magnificent art, donates to our galleries and entertains in her notoriously cluttered Paddington terrace in Sydney.

This is a rich and comprehensive look at eighty-odd years of Margaret Olley - at her lovers and friends, and, of course, her painting. It is glorious proof that indeed her life has been far from still. (Publisher's blurb)

2007 shortlisted National Biography Award
2006 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Biography of the Year
2006 co-winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature The Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize One of six winners.
2006 shortlisted 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
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