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40 x 40 cm / 16” x 16”
62 x 62 cm / 24” x 24”
Oil on board
Signed lower right
Available for immediate release
Echoing the evocative art of Rene Magritte and Edward Hopper, this spare but finely calculated composition recalls the inspiration of Watson’s visits to London observing the Queen’s guards, and constructed hay forms from numerous works throughout his four decades long career.
A solitary uniformed drummer stands before a sunlit haystack in this striking and dreamlike new painting. Watson’s established personal vision magically fuses the imagery of formal central London with informal rural Australia. Two apposing world’s which fascinatingly enjoy things in common - the neat ordered formality of both the uniform and haystack - which have long captivated the artist.
Mystery and intrigue permeate the scene, as we are left to imagine the Royal military band drummer’s face, or who or what might be concealed behind him or the large haystack.
Silver helmet decoration, boot spurs and buttons, and each and every straw of hay are amongst the exquisite details rendered in astonishingly realism in this superb new artwork.
"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
Join collectors and art museums such as the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Sir Elton John and J.D Wolfenson (former president of the World Bank) in collecting a timeless original oil painting.
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