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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: ross­wat­

Tar­mac (fea­tur­ing Dolph Lam­bert), oil on board, 45x46cm on board, 40x30cm.

Surfer (fea­tur­ing Nathan Col­lett) 61x60cm

Two Sol­diers, 31x31cm

Hud­son, oil on board, 40x30cm.

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