Artist Statement: The concept for this work came from several sources. Firstly the pose is based on the paintings of 17th Century artists van Dyck and Peter Lely. The second influence are the works of Viennese painters of the late 19th/early 20th Century with their use of gold. And lastly Corot who consistently added a touch of red to give a little lift to the work. My model for this work (Lucy) has provided me with some wonderful ideas for paintings past and future.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 76 x 51 cms
CHG Directors Statement: It's hard to make a past comparison with any Australian artist who has the diversification, depth of art training, skills and breadth of art interest Bruce Rowland possesses. Furthermore, he has studied, taught, refined and developed a professionalism across so many mediums. Arguably there hasn't been an artist since Norman Lindsay who has the scope of art skill across so many media as Bruce Rowland. Apart from that, he is prepared to convey and share his artistic knowledge with anyone who shares an enthusiasm with art and art history. His art was acknowledged with a major survey exhibition of his artworks at the Newcastle Region Art Gallery in 2007.
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