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41 x 46 cm / 16 x 18 in
63 x 68 cm / 24 x 26 in
Oil on board
Signed lower right
A private collection, Brisbane
Dynamic energy and bright summer sunlight turbo charge this new and dazzling painting from Watson’s sell-out 010:COAST series. Featuring Sydney surfer and engineer Nathan Waudby, one of Watson’s favourite models, who has appeared in numerous artworks including the wildly popular Naked Life Guard.
In the foreground preparing his surfboard, Nathan’s relative calm and stillness is in contrast to an enthusiastic looking life guard who the artist observed making his way into the surf at Noosa Beach in Queensland, Australia.
A V-shaped pyramid created by the surfboards is employed with dramatic affect, mirroring the ocean's building waves as they break. Spot colour, a signature of Watson’s art, assists a harmonious composition and offers balance to the artwork through pistachio green, cobalt blue and exquisitely restrained spots of tangerine orange.
Watson has once again convincingly created an energetic beach scene in the genre of Naked Life Guard. This finely rendered top-tier painting will no doubt be very popular with collectors and admirers of his art.
"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