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Spotlight Arts and Letters in Australia and New Zealand
  Writers and artists working in Australia and New Zealand have created a diverse body of contributions to the glbtq cultural heritage.  

A farmyard scene by Frances Hodgkins
A farmyard scene by Frances Hodgkins

  Peter Allen (1944-1992) was an Australian singer and songwriter who signaled his homosexuality through his flamboyant persona and the subtexts of many songs, though he was not out publicly as a gay man.  
  Australian Artists working in a broad range of media and in a variety of styles find Australia more hospitable today than in the past.  
  Australian Film has experienced an efflorescence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and queer themes in the last decade even though the film industry was conservative and censorious before the 1970s.  
  Australia has come to occupy a leading place in gay and lesbian literature in the past two decades, and New Zealand has recently produced some significant gay and lesbian texts.  
  Australian Television lacks any regular and open discussion of queer issues and lives despite some important breakthroughs in the depictions of gay men and lesbians in the past.  
  Leigh Bowery (1961-1994) became a prominent figure in London as a club host, fashion designer, face about town, and artists' muse after he moved from his native Australia to England in 1980. He transformed his body into a centerpiece of his performance art.  
  Sir William Dobell (1899-1970) is regarded by many as one of Australia's greatest portrait painters. He created works that are replete with homosexual subtexts even as he spent his life hiding his sexuality from conservative Sydney society.  
  Donald Friend (1915-1989) was an eccentric Australian artist with wide-ranging creative talents: a great painter, an exceptional draftsman (especially of the nude male figure), and a gifted satirical writer.  
  James Gleeson (b. 1915) is one of Australia's most acclaimed artists. He embraced surrealism early in his career and has remained committed to it as a means of exploring and expressing psychological conflicts and conditions.  
  Agnes Noyes Goodsir (1864-1939) was an Australian painter who became part of the legendary lesbian scene in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s; her portraits of women have an erotic and radical edge.  
  Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947) was a New Zealand artist who succeeded as a watercolorist early in her career and later became one of the leading artists of British modernism.  
  New Zealander Frank Sargeson (1903-1982) wrote stories and novels about ordinary men in ordinary circumstances, their plots driven by sexual problems and antagonisms that obliquely reflect their author's homosexuality.  
  New Zealand Artists are widely known for diverse artistic production which includes work by painters, filmmakers, dancers, and singers.  For at least the past two centuries, many gay and lesbian artists have hailed from this small group of islands.  
  Patrick White (1912-1990), an Australian Nobel laureate, wrote explicitly about homosexuality only in his novel "The Twyborn Affair" and his autobiography "Flaws in the Glass."  
  Photo Credits:  The image of Frances Hodgkins' painting Copyright © 2003-2004  


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