Since 1956 Charles Blackman and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland have shared a kindred bond. This year marks Alice’s 150th birthday. In celebration, the collection Charles Blackman’s Wonderland casts an eye back at the unlikely pairing of Alice and Blackman. Child heroine and larrikin meet in works which see Alice become not just a literary figure, but also an icon of Australian art.
This collection showcases a plethora of Alices. Some, like in Alice in the Garden amble through wellsprings of colour. Others, sketched in recent years stand alone and away from us. For Blackman, Alice in Wonderland was never just a children’s story. Instead Alice courses through his works - amusing, disquieting and fantastical, an emblem of Blackman’s enduring character.