ROSS WATSON GALLERY

"He is a leader in contemporary realism." Sir Elton John

Painting Archive: Ian Roberts Series 1996 & 2001

This 'is a series of surreal paintings using Ian Roberts, Australia's great rugby star who recently announced his homosexuality publicly, as the single subject. The paintings are very stylized and constructed with deliberate, posed figure studies of a barely clad Roberts, emotionally charged through their seriousness and starkness'.

'Watson places Roberts in obviously staged studio settings,'... 'all against backdrops of painted skies and the figure artificially lit with a single spotlight, to isolate Roberts from his more commonly associated environment. This enables the athletic hero to act as an icon for our time'.

Darrel Couturier
Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles - 4.6.96


set III
Set III
Oil on board
122 x 92 cm / 4' x 3'
Sold
A Private Collection, Melbourne

set vii
Set VII
Oil on board
122 x 92 cm / 4' x 3'
Sold
A Private Collection, Sydney


set ix
Set IX
Oil on board
122 x 92 cm / 4' x 3'
Sold
A Private Collection, Melbourne

set x
Set X
Oil on board
100 x 100 cm / 3'3" x 3'3"
Sold
A Private Collection, Sydney


set v
Set V
Oil on board
150 x 122 cm / 5' x 4'
Provenance: Private Collection,
Melbourne 1995 - 2009
Collection, The Artist