Kalipinpa – Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra
The Centre takes pride in furthering and promoting interest in Australian Indigenous art and from its earliest days has built one of the most significant collections of Central Desert Art. This museum quality collection of Indigenous art is currently on display in the Centre’s permanent art space – the Plaza Gallery.
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre’s signature gala event space – the Plaza Ballroom – home to the majority of Brisbane’s premier gala and celebrity events, now proudly showcases what is perhaps the largest artwork on display in Australia. A painting by the highly regarded Aboriginal artist, Dorothy Napangardi, has been reproduced on to the Ballroom’s new carpet to great effect.
Brisbane Artist Bruce Reynolds was commissioned to complete artworks for BCEC on Grey Street. “Art and Place” comprises 5 paintings, 16 wall panels and 6 sculptures. He makes pictorial objects from linoleum, paint and photography as well as architecturally integrated relief work in concrete and Axminster carpet. Through the use of such materials he pursues his interest in relationships between pattern, history and the built environment.
‘Queensland Lily Pond’ – By John Olsen
The spectacular images and bold colours of one of Australia’s most significant and accomplished artists, John Olsen, have been adapted onto the onto the terrazzo floor of the Centre’s foyer from his painting ‘Queensland Lily Pond’.
The Olsen work, in its predominant position in the Centre’s main entrance, has become acknowledged as an integral component of the Centre’s signature and an appropriate recognition of the Centre’s collection of important works.