About the Book
FRANCIS ROY THOMPSON (1896-1966)
was born in Mansfield, Victoria, and trained
in painting at the National Gallery School in
Melbourne and at Westminster School of Art
in London. He won the Hugh Ramsay Prize for
Portrait Painting in 1922, which enabled him to
On his return from a subsequent overseas
trip in the early 1930s he took up the post of Art
Master at Scotch College in Melbourne. He won
the highly regarded Crouch Memorial Prize in
After resigning from his teaching position in
1946 he devoted his life to painting and began
traveling and exhibiting in New South Wales,
Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, the
Northern Territory and, finally, South Australia,
where he resided for the last 18 years of his life.
He won the Adelaide Jubilee Prize in 1951
and, in 1956, the Cornell Prize, offered by the
Contemporary Art Society of South Australia.
He is represented in the National Gallery
of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia,
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and regional
galleries of Ballarat, Bendigo, Hamilton, Benalla,
Broken Hill and Launceston.
Dr. Adam Jan Dutkiewicz was born in Adelaide in 1956. In 1997 he was awarded a scholarship by the University of South Australia to undertake a doctoral degree at the South Australian School of Art in visual art history and theory. From June 1992 until November 2005 he worked as art critic for The Advertiser newspaper and has also worked as a freelance critic and writer for Business Review Weekly and Art Monthly Australia online and The Independent Weekly. He is the contributing author for the monograph Franz Kempf: Thinking on paper (2002) ; co-author of Alexander Sadlo: Experimental Journey - An Artist in Three Countries (2007) and Malcolm Carbins: Silent Depths (2010); and author of Mervyn Smith: Watercolours (2004); A Matter of Mind: an Introduction to the Art of Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz (1918-1999) (2006); Brian Claridge: Architect of Light and Space (2010); Ludwik Dutkiewicz: Adventures in Art (2009), and Lidia Groblicka: Suburban Iconographer (2010).