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60 x 59 cm / 24 x 24 in
81 x 80 cm / 32 x 32 in
Oil on board
Signed lower right
Watson’s largest scale work in over a year,Naked Surfer, Noosa Beach is both an accomplished and exceptional painting, which follows from Watson's sell-out 010:COAST series.
Instantly recognisable as an artwork by the artist, along with superbly rendered figures and detail, the painting embodies the distinctive ingredients - a dynamic composition, dazzling colour contrasts, and erotically charged.
Amongst Australia’s most popular beaches, Noosa Beach is the setting for the scene, and features Sydney engineer, surfer and nudist, Nathan Collette, who has appeared in numerous Watson artworks including the wildly popular Naked Life Guard.
In contrast to the tense concentration of the life guard and the energy and movement of the ocean’s waves, the surfer appears still and relaxed. A shadow cast across his thigh and a visible tan line indicates his complete nakedness. We can imagine he’s recently retuned from surfing as he dries off in the sunlight.
Since his childhood, the artist has continued to return to Noosa Beach in Queensland, Australia, which has been a rich source of inspiration for his art. This important new painting will no doubt be very popular with collectors and admirers of his art at his forthcoming exhibitions.
Available for release at the conclusion of our Sydney WorldPride Exhibition. 5 March, 2023
"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
Join collectors and art museums such as the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Sir Elton John and J.D Wolfenson (former president of the World Bank) in collecting a timeless original oil painting.
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