Samuel Sydney Fullbrook, a famous bushman painter, died on Feb. 3 from cancer. He was 81.
Born in Sydney, Fullbrook joined the Army at 18 and served in the Middle East and New Guinea during World War II. When he returned to Australia, his military service allowed him to study at the Victoria National Gallery School of Art.
Fullbrook spent several years traveling across northern Australia and working in a variety of trades before joining the McLeod Aboriginal co-op at Pilbara to paint Aboriginal life. For the next four decades, he achieved commercial success by painting colorful landscapes and portraits.
Fullbrook exhibited his paintings in Australian and American galleries. He won the Archibald Prize in 1974 for his portrait of jockey Norman Stephens. In 2001, he was named an Australia Day ambassador.