She [Joy Eadie] has forced us to re-examine in some detail a largely forgotten figure in Australian art. For this we must be grateful.
“Australian Beach Pattern” is an iconic painting, synonymous with our way of life. Charles Meere is just the little known artist who painted it. This book reveals a fresh perspective on a fascinating and remarkable artist whose reputation deserves complete re-evaluation. Accused of fascism, totalitarianism and eugenics, Meere has been dismissed by critics as unimaginative and dull. This beautifully illustrated book establishes Meere as a remarkably original, satirical and profound painter, showcasing “Australian Beach Pattern”, other Meere paintings and his poster art.