The Magdelen

Bruce Rowland


Artist Statement: When I was studying Life Drawing at the National Art School I was fortunate to have Dorothy Thornhill as my teacher. Rather than teaching technique she focused on what was happening within the figure e.g. structure, tension, weight, balance etc. In this work, which is purely a back study, I’ve tried to focus on what is happening within a simple pose. I’ve also painted with a limited palette (2 colors plus black and white) commencing with a monochromatic under-painting.

Medium: Oil on linen
Dimensions: 70 x 50 cms
Date: 2011
Condition: New

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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