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36 x 46 cm / 18 x 14 in
57 x 67 cm / 23 x 27 in
Oil on board
Signed lower left
Available for release at the conclusion of our Sydney WorldPride Exhibition.
5 March, 2023
From Watson's popular Silence series, this arresting new artwork, The Lookout, Dusk demands our attention, and offers a heart warming tranquil scene. Diffused golden light marks the time of day as unmistakably dusk as the soldier sleeps - his dog in contrast on the lookout. Both the uniform and tent are World War I period - the initial inspiration derived from the artist observing the making of a period film.
"In 1988 David Stevens directed a film called Always Afternoon, which was set in Australia during the First World War. He invited me to observe the making of it, and what captured my attention was the actors waiting off-set, relaxing in the sun, some sleeping, on a spectacularly beautiful coastline." wrote Watson.
Featuring in this charming new painting is the artist's close friend Micheal Hayes, and Watson's beloved fox terrier Zorro, who Watson first painted in Jason and Zorro, Venice. Effectively employing a low level perspective, and an eye-catching pyramid shaped composition, the artist thereby dramatises the subject matter.
A band of deep blue ocean and mauve mountains provide colour in a muted and restrained colour palette. Watson referenced his original late 1980's drawings and photos of the film set's period tents for The Lookout, Dusk. His 1987 artwork, Set, featuring the period tents, is included in the Sydney art collection of the leading international law firm Allens Arthur Robinson.
"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
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Paul Zahra and Duncan Peerman, Sydney
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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
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