ROSS WATSON EXHIBIT
Ross Watson’s works hang in public and private galleries around the world, his fans include Elton John, Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry, and a new exhibition opens soon.
ROSS WATSON’S work often reflects modern themes in reinterpreted masters. For example, Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham appears in a re-imagined version of Sebastiano Ricci’s The Fall Of Phaeton, but rather than falling he’s diving upwards. Or The Crucifixion Of
Francois Sagat, which depicts the famous porn star as if painted by Caravaggio.
The Melbourne painter’s first Sydney exhibition in two years opens as part of the Mardi Gras Festival. The new works capture an idealised romanticism but, typically, with an erotic subtext. Tarmac evokes a stifling Far North Queensland summer day and an encounter between naked porn star Dolph Lambert and a uniformed stranger. Themes of authority, freedom and vulnerability seem to perculate through the image, while a light aircraft, tightly wrapped on the tarmac underscores Dolph’s nakedness.
Elsewhere, surfers, soldiers and heroic young men are the focus and pass across Watson’s canvass like daydreams.
Original Ross Watson works and limited edition prints will be available at the gallery exhibition, which opens on February 23, 2017. MORE: Ross Watson Sydney Exhibit When: 23 February to 5 March Daily: 11am to 7pm Where: Yellow House Gallery, 57- 59 Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney Website: rosswatson.com
Tarmac (featuring Dolph Lambert), oil on board, 45x46cm on board, 40x30cm.
Surfer (featuring Nathan Collett) 61x60cm
Two Soldiers, 31x31cm
Hudson, oil on board, 40x30cm.