The Skateboarder and Life Guard

$ 3,300 AUD

Limited Edition Canvas Details

Edition of 3, and 2 Artist's Proofs
61 x 56 cm / 24" x 23"


An outstanding new painting, The Skateboarder and Life Guard possesses a playful parody and simple yet powerful composition.  This painting explores a signature theme of the artist’s - complimentary opposites. 

Melbourne model Hudson, who Watson has painted twice before, appears as the epitome of a carefree and sporty young Australian surveying his native coastline. In striking contrast, a rigid and formal British Royal Life Guard stares straight ahead, watching the viewer, still and silent, resplendent in an astonishingly detailed uniform. 

The Skateboarder and Life Guard may be viewed as a development or hybrid of Watson’s very popular paintings Two Life Guards and Untitled #01/18 both of which were painted in 2018. A striking feature in this new work is the mirror image of the figures outer arms, and the perfect parallel alignment of their arms on the righthand side. The dazzling principal colours of emerald green and scarlet further reinforces the theme of complimentary opposites.

Destined to be an exhibition favourite, this iconic painting required one month’s continual dedication by the artist, superbly rendering the extraordinary detail which is breath taking to observe.

About Limited Edition Canvases

These are our most collectable editions. 

All available Edition Canvases are in an edition of three with two artist's proofs. They are hand-signed and numbered by Ross Watson on the reverse (non-image) side of the canvas.  Your preferred edition number to purchase can be selected from the top menu.

An Artist's Proof is the same quality as the editions numbered 1-3, and is the first print produced when colour and quality is perfected. Each canvas is of equal quality and value.

Edition Canvases are printed with archival inks on the world's leading archival canvas: Hahnemühle Daguerre.  

Use of glass in framing is optional, eliminating potential of reflections when viewing your canvas.

The sizes provided are the unframed image size. The canvases are printed with a generous white border and we recommend they be placed on a wooden stretcher before adding a decorative frame.

Verso of framed signed canvas on a wooden stretcher

Delivery Information

We offer FREE worldwide fully-insured postage and packaging for all Limited Edition Prints and Photography.

All Limited Edition Prints, Canvases and Photography are sent unframed and packaged in re-enforced postal tubes.

All items will be shipped within 3 business days of receiving payment for your order. Delivery times can vary, but purchases are generally received worldwide within 5-7 business days from dispatch.

Items to be sent domestically will be sent using registered Australian Post. International orders are sent using international postal Express Mail Service (EMS). Tracking details will be provide upon dispatch of your order.

We take pride in getting your prints to you in the perfect condition. Your print will have been individually inspected and packed in perfect condition. Please minimize handling prior to framing.

Collector Testimonials

"Many thanks Stephen for your quick replies and delivery. Ross’ prints are already attracting attention from visitors to my home."
Mark Johnston, Manchester UK

"The prints just arrived and look even more beautiful than they do on your website! Thanks I'm impressed you got them here in a week."
Karl Mentz, Miami USA

Stephen, thanks for you advice on the framing.The canvases are now hung and look super handsome!”
Kent James  Los Angeles USA

“Ross has such an amazing talent. I’m loving the canvas prints as I work in my home office. Thank you for your help and speed.”
Brent Forster, London UK

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