Artist Charles Blackman dies aged 90

Prize-winning artist Charles Blackman has died in Sydney surrounded by loved ones a week after celebrating his 90th birthday.

His son Auguste Blackman paid tribute to his father on Monday, saying he leaves “a wonderful legacy”, The Australian reports.

“He painted our dreams. He painted the dreams of everyone,” he said.

Blackman became famous in the 1950s for his haunting Schoolgirls paintings depicting girls and women lost in daydreams, and then for his Alice in Wonderland series, which conveyed abstract scenes from the popular children’s book.

Blackman’s paintings were widely exhibited in galleries around Australia and also at the Whitechapel and Tate galleries in London. He was awarded an OBE for his services to the arts in 1977.

Blackman spent much of his later life out of the public eye after he was diagnosed with the memory disorder Korsakoff’s syndrome.

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