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Ships and the sea are a big part of Australian marine Artist Ian Hansen’s life both on the canvas and in his everyday life. 

His paintings have traveled the world and now he’s won his 7th award in a marine art exhibition in the United States.

Ian’s ‘Ship Dreadnought’ (36in x 24in) won an Award of Excellence at the International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale in the U.S!

The exhibition is a comprehensive, juried show that showcases the most recent works of more than 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world focusing on the most intricately researched historical and contemporary images which document the relationship between man and the sea.

The award winning artist is one of The Romantics and will be at Morpeth Gallery 21st & 22nd October for The Romantics Exhibition.

For more information on Ian Hansen click here
For all of the details on The Romantics Art Exhibition coming up in October click here

“What made Cooper extraordinary was his ability to combine scientific accuracy with great beauty.”

Newcastle raised and one of Australia’s most beloved artists, William T Cooper has been described as the “world’s greatest living wildlife illustrator”.

Thousands of the acclaimed birdman’s works are on display now at the State Library of NSW’s Amaze Gallery as a gift from William’s wife Wendy Cooper.

There’s also an exhibition coming up from October 28 to February 4 2017 in Queensland at Artspace in Mackay.

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Image Dominic Lorrimer Sydney Morning Herald

21st October – 22nd October 2017 at Morpeth Gallery 10am – 5pm

5 Green Street, Morpeth. 2321.  Admission free.

Werner Filipich, James Hough, Ian Hansen, Max Mannix and Ramon Ward-Thompson will be showcasing their original paintings and creative talents at Morpeth Gallery, from Saturday 21st October until Sunday 22nd October 2017. Free entry.

Originating in the late 18th century, romanticism is an artistic movement that stresses strong emotion, imagination and freedom. Artists of this romantic period aim to capture these ideals in their work, hoping to inspire an emotional response to their audience.

From its inception, romanticism was preoccupied with landscape. It evokes feelings of nostalgia, stirs life’s mysteries and portrays a grandeur of nature. Nature has the ability to transform the artist’s inner most thoughts onto the canvas, portraying a breathtakingly fresh look of the beauty in the world around us.

Werner Filipich is one of Australia’s last traditional artists who practices in the true tradition of the Heidelberg School of Impressionist Artists: packing up his easel and ‘going bush’, painting in the environment he wishes to capture. Werner takes regular painting trips to refresh his eye on the colours of the natural environment from season to season.

Hunter Valley wildlife artist James Hough’s has always had a deep passion for Australian wildlife and the environment. This has married with his other love, Fine Art and James’ work reflects the deep respect he has for the natural environment. He revels in the idea of his work capturing one particular moment in time and evoking emotion.

Marine artist Ian Hansen’s paintings portray his deep love of the sea and ships. He loves to paint the square riggers which today are the romantic period of sea travel. The ships Ian has seen throughout his lifetime from large Navy ships to his own yacht, are his inspiration along with his great understanding and respect of the sea. Ian began painting the romantics of the sea in watercolours when he was eight, and graduated to oils at the age of eleven.

Australian Living Legend, Max Mannix paints stories or ‘yarns’ based on his years growing up in Victorian country towns and working on cattle stations in the Queensland outback. Max’s time spent living in these rural landscapes have given him endless inspiration with colourful characters enabling him to depict life in a light-hearted vein with keen insight and gentle humour. 

Softness and subtlety are Ramon Ward-Thompsons key attributes. Ramon has the ability to capture the soft romantic mood of any setting like no other artist.  His paintings ooze romance in all settings from busy urban cities, the romantic lanes of Paris or the flowing streams of the Cotswold’s in England. Each of his painting are truly intimate and romantic.

Wildlife artist Garry Fleming in conjunction with Christian Paul Sydney are releasing a range of eye catching women’s watches featuring Garry’s artwork.  The watches will feature 3 designs that can be interchanged with different coloured leather and metal bands to create that unique look depending on your outfit.

The watches are excellent quality with Japanese movement and are water resistant.  Each watch comes in a luxury gift box. The little idea of Garry re-producing his artwork on watches has exceeded all expectations with them now also being released worldwide.

Morpeth Gallery will be one the first places in Australia to have these watches available for sale.  

Garry will be in residence at Morpeth Gallery Saturday 26th and most of Sunday 27th August to showcase his watches and original paintings.

If you would like to be one of the first in Australia to own one of these beautiful watches phone Morpeth Gallery on 49 343938 and speak to Janelle to reserve your watch.

Thursday 24th August to Sunday 27th August, Morpeth Art Gallery, l0am to 5pm daily, 5 Green Street Morpeth NSW 2321, admission free.

Memories and experiences from time lived in Australia’s outback have inspired Australian artist Max Mannix throughout his career.

Max’s artworks are based on iconic bush scenes of people, places and experiences he has come across throughout his life living in Swan Hill in Victoria where he was born in 1939, to mustering camps and shearing sheds in South West Queensland.

In particular Max reflects on his time in the 1970s as a manager of a large cattle property at Thargomindah in south west Queensland in his works. Thargomindah is a one pub town. The pub is run by Surly Shirl, one of the great characters of the outback and typical of the people Max paints.

“They say the strength of a nation can be measured by the humour of its people. If that’s the case then I reckon Australia would have to be the greatest nation on Earth. The characters I remember most are the larrikins and the jokers, you know, the real characters. They’re the ones who can show you what life is about,” said Max.

After painting and sketching from a young age and throughout his working life on properties, it wasn’t until Max moved to the Central Coast in NSW in the early 1980s when his work started to gain some traction.

Max has been inspired by four artists – Vincent Van Gogh, Peter Breughel the Elder, Russell Drysdale and Thomas Hart Benton.

“Some people say Max’s work looks like Pro Harts but Max’s paintings capture the iconic Australian ways in his own amusing style with a great amount of detail included in every work.  Max’s brushstrokes are fine and purposely placed,” said Morpeth Gallery owner Trevor Richards.

Now, more than 30 years later, Max still finds himself in the studio at his home six days a week painting the similar established themes and scenarios.

“I never tire of painting the established themes and scenarios of the bush, but every so often I like to branch out including palette knife paintings, Sydney Harbour cityscapes, nudes, contemporary landscapes, a series I call Lawyers and nursery rhyme characters inspired by the grandkids.”

Trevor Richards says from a collector’s perspective Max Mannix is very collectable and can be found in significant private and corporate collection not only in Australia, but around the world.

“His work has continued to increase in value over the last decade, and with Max now 78 years young it will more than likely continue its upward trajectory,” said Trevor Richards.

In addition to many reproductions of Max’s works as prints, books, calendars and other products, Max has also been a Finalist in the Sulman Prize (2015) and Finalist in the Wynne Prize (2014), and is sought after on both the primary and secondary art markets.

Come into Morpeth Gallery and see what people around the world have fallen in love with from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th August for Max Mannix’s only solo exhibition.


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