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45 x 44 cm / 18" x 17"
69 x 68 cm / 2'3" x 2'3"
Oil on board
Signed lower right
A Private Collection, Sydney
Inspired by Watson's travels in Italy this re-imagined landscape of a surfer in the hills above Florence is a dramatically detailed scene. The model, Nathan Waudby who has modeled for Watson a number of times since he was first painted by Watson 11 years ago, is holding a brightly coloured surfboard. Depicted in front of a bill board featuring a section of one of Caravaggio's dramatic paintings which the Watson saw in Florence promoting the Uffizi Gallery. Unique to Watson's work is the highly detailed view of the Duomo and other roof tops of Florence. The added figures of the policemen in ceremonial uniforms creates a sense of a formality in an otherwise informal setting.
Available as a Limited Edition Print
"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