Artwork Description / Detail
Dora (Dorothea Elizabeth) Toovey
Australian 1900 – 1986
Toovey studied at the Royal Art Society School in Sydney with Datillo Rubbo and James R Jackson. She completed her studies at the National Gallery of Victoria School with McInnes and at the Julian Ashton School in Sydney with John Passmore.
On completion of her studies, Toovey traveled to the United Kingdom and to Europe. From 1926 to 1929 she was taught by Augustus John, in the South of France.
Toovey married James R Jackson and both went on to tour through South America. Toovey painted many portrait and landscape scenes on this trip and on the following tour of Central and Western Australia.
Toovey’s awards include; Prizes at Ryde in 1962 and 1963, at Katoomba in 1963, the Northside Festival in 1965, at the Royal Academy Gallery of New South Wales in 1967 and the Portia Geach Prize in 1970 and 1978.
Her work is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Southern Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Manly Art Gallery and the Newcastle Region Art Gallery.
Bibliography: Smith, Catalogue AGNSW 1953. Germaine, AGA 1979.
Ref: Encyclopaedia of Australia, McCulloch pg 704 illus.