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.