I went to see the John Russell exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW before it closes on the 11th
Discover the Sydney artist at the heart of impressionism
Part of the French avant-garde of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, John Russell was a close friend of Vincent van Gogh and Auguste Rodin, taught impressionist colour theory to Henri Matisse and dined with Claude Monet. Yet history has largely forgotten Russell, who was a key member of this ground-breaking group of artists during one of the most exhilarating periods in art history.
Bringing together 120 paintings, drawings and watercolours – including a number of works by his contemporaries – this major retrospective is the first survey of Russell’s work in 40 years. It offers fresh perspectives on French impressionism, reintroducing Russell’s extraordinary painting to today’s audiences.
The exhibition presents the breadth of Russell’s art from his studies in London and Paris, through impressionism and experimentation with pure colour, to his later fauve-like luminous watercolours. It features significant works that were only rediscovered recently and are exhibited publicly for the first time
Unfortunately my phone camera produced mainly blurry disappointing results
Friday night was the opening of the 2018 Hawkesbury Art Fair at the Regional Gallery in Windsor and was officially opened this year by the new Hawkesbury Mayor Barry Calvert.
Local Art groups and individual artists are represented including the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop and the Piggery Lane Studios.
The exhibition will be open to the public for a month until Sunday 2nd December, and all works are for Sale.
Opening speech by Mayor Calvert
four artists from the Piggery Lane Studios
in front of two of my paintings
Artist living in the Hawkesbury area