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122 x 150 cm / 4' x 5'
144 x 172 cm / 4'9" x 5'8"
Oil on board
Signed lower right
A Private Collection, New York
Rare in its large scale, this spectacular coastal panorama is charged with activity - the three men all consumed by their respective passions. Rather than actually seeing this scene, Watson created his 'dreamscape', bringing together his favourite imagery - 'to stop us in our tracks, and catch our collective breath and admire with intrigue'.
Louie Larrinaga, a close friend, photographer and model of Watson's, is engaged with his photography, capturing images beyond our view - a reminder of further visual excitement and beauty continuing along Noosa beach.
A television camera crowns a temporary tower, an indication of the considerable interest in the soon to begin Noosa Surf Ironman Series competition. A safety flag flutters in the sea breeze before a flock of native white cockatoos which form a visual diagonal line with an abseiler, Michael Witteveen, who Watson encountered on his hotel balcony early one morning.
In preparation for the Surf Ironman Series, a triathlete lifts his surf ski at the ocean's edge. The Noosa Surf Iron Man Series features Australia's elite athletes competing in the most gruelling ocean based competition globally.
This is Watson at his finest, employing a fine eye for composition, and as meticulously executed as any master painting in the world's greatest museums.