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61 x 73 cm / 24in x 29in
Oil on Board
Sold, A private collection, Hong Kong
Provenance: A private collection, Melbourne 1999-2023
A fine and dramatic painting from Watson’s mid career, Parachute II was painted in 1999 shortly after he completed the iconic Twins, which was featured on the cover of Blue magazine the same year. Both artworks feature the handsome and statuesque Melbourne model Tyson.
Parachute II possesses an exquisitely spare composition, and ‘undistressing surrealism’ - a term which The Australian newspaper’s art critic, Elwyn Lynn used to describe Watson’s art in 1995.
Combining a playful theme, mystery and effective employment of dazzling spot colour, this superbly painted artwork is offered for sale for the first time in twenty four years.
"I have been a proud collector of Ross' paintings for many years. His art is astounding in its beauty, emotion, and reverence for our humanity and the world we live in. His attention to the smallest details, and use of light, dark and colour, rivals art's greatest masters."
James J. O'Donnell, Patron, art collector, NYC
"We are loving our new acquisition and we know that 'Nathan, view to Florence' will bring us endless years of joy. Thanks for sharing your talent. We love your work so keep it up!"
Paul Zahra and Duncan Peerman, Sydney
"As avid art collectors we are very proud to have Ross' stunningly handsome work in our collection. His art brings us great joy and we love to share his work with our friends and visitors. We were absolutely thrilled to recently add 'Two Soldiers' to our collection."
Christopher Cosier & Chris Webber, Sydney
"I purchased the original painting 10 years ago at your gallery during Mardi Gras and it has given me enormous pleasure ever since. I remember standing in the gallery for a couple of hours wondering if I should buy it. I have never regretted that decision."
Jon Anderson and Lance Johnson, Palm Springs
"Your art hanging around our home provides us with such pleasure, and we can’t wait for A-Bay to join the Ross Watson family."
Haydon Elliot and Greg Moses, Melbourne