Bill Dobell is indeed suspect in the eyes of the avant-grade painters. He paints portraits, almost a dirty word nowadays when a great deal of art has done its best to dispense with the human image in any shape or form. He simply is not interested in abstract-expressionism, in neo-dada or assemblage, in collage or frottage, in constructivism, orphism or surrealism, in burning or dribbling or cutting or slashing, in blow torch techniques or PVA. He is primarily interested in human beings.
Hal Missingham 1964. (Director of Art Gallery NSW 1945 - 1971)