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57 x 61 cm / 22" x 24"
79 x 83 cm / 31" x 33"
Oil on board
Signed lower right
A Private Collection, Sydney
An actively dynamic composition draws the viewers gaze deeply into the multi-planed scene, providing a three dimensional depth of view to the rolling hills and the runway in the back ground landscape.
Horizontal elements include the distant figure in the cherry-picker and the tail of the helicopter which enter the composition from opposite sides with their complementary colours of orange and blue intersecting behind the central figure of the Canadian Mounty.
Rare for one of Watson's works and seen mostly recently in the first of the Ibiza Tarmac paintings Watson produced - two figures share the foreground. To the left of viewing field of the painting a partially disrobed Harry can be seen in a provocative pose, his head is dramatically raised suggesting motion as he looks toward something unknown. To the right and with his gaze in the opposite direction Jamieson appears in a more relaxed and contemplative posture.
Parallels to the contrast of the pose of the male figures can be made with the industrial elements in the painting. With a cherry-pickers movement being slower and more considered when compared with the dynamic nature of a helicopter tail and it's rotor. Watson has cleverly captured stillness and motion.
"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