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50 x 45 cm / 20" x 18"
71 x 66 cm / 28” x 26"
Oil on board
Signed lower right
A Private Collection, Melbourne
Demonstrating a masterful composition, this striking new painting features a naked young surfer, Melbourne model Harry Hall, before a charming Venetian backdrop, which Watson observed on his last visit to the magical city of water and light.Looking up into a moody sky the surfer pauses balancing his surfboard, whilst a gondolier appears above the dividing wall - both men captivated by something unknown to the viewer. Employing a spare colour palette of principally vermillion, white and black, the composition benefits from the playful visual relationships between the surf board, the jetty poles, and the striped shirt and striped wall serve to reinforce the strength of this intriguing scene.
"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