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61 x 57 cm / 24" x 23"
82 x 78 cm / 32" x 31"
Oil on board
Signed lower right
A Private Collection, Melbourne
Still and alert, a Queens Life Guard stares straight ahead engaging the viewer. In dramatic contrast, naked and carefree Jamieson looks to his right surveying a pristine beach. Strikingly simple and direct in composition, the defined muscular buttocks and back of Jamieson sits in complete contrast to the formal intricate detail of the queens guard. Each subject displaying their unique eye-catching plumage - one guards the life of the Queen, his companion guards the lives of swimmers.
Through razor-sharp breathtaking realism we are drawn magnetically to this astonishing scene - a fine example of Watson's signature pairing of two figures positioned closely, yet from dramatically different worlds.
Bright sunlight saturates the scene, a dark brooding sky and azure ocean providing a dramatic back drop to the soldier's scarlet jacket and exquisitely detailed uniform.
Suspended before us, yellow and black plastic tape runs horizontally, suggesting a film set, or dream, where as so often what we see seems so stunningly real yet we are somehow a step removed.
"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