SKILLED ARTIST 95 AND NOT OUT
BRITISH-BORN PAINTER’S WATERCOLOUR TALENTS TAKE VIEWERS ON ENTHRALLING JOURNEY
In our look at notable artists of the Sunshine Coast region we look at master watercolourist Tony Lewis. Tony has a distinctive and enthralling mastery of watercolour. He has called the Sunshine Coast home since moving from New Zealand with his wife Dawn (also an impressive watercolourist) in 1998. He brought with him an established career as a professional artist and a reputation as a wonderful tutor.
Tony was born and grew up in the UK and emigrated to New Zealand as an adult, so his painting was firmly influenced by cooler climates and different landscapes. Australia afforded him a whole new outlook of terrains, colours and audience. A trip to the red centre in the 1990s gave rise to a suite of “warm” paintings and yet again proved what ability he had to convey the full feeling of a place. The key is in his skilled understanding and use of translucent watercolours. Anyone who has attempted this art will equally understand just what a talent he has. Many of his works are based on specific scenes from his travels, but often then adapted into beautifully serene views, which subtly tell a tale when experienced through the eye of the beholder.
Now a fit and active man in his 90s, Tony is still creating the most amazing images. He has acquired many awards and accolades
during his career. He is an inspiration in so many ways, not least showing that art needs to know no age boundaries. Locally, Tony is represented at Art Nuvo in Buderim and Art on Cairncross, Maleny.
Take a look through the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail as a start and very quickly there will be more than a full day of great art ahead.
Cooroy Butter Factory
Hear my Voice : First Nations Artists Exhibition dates : Until July 23
Hear my Voice is an exhibition of local indigenous Australian artists to coincide with NAIDOC week.
With ambassador and exhibiting artist Jandamarra Cadd alongside Paul Calcott and Lyndon Davis this exhibition is about showcasing our established and emerging First Nation artists residing here on Gubbi Gubbi, Kabi Kabi country.
Montville Art Gallery
Gary Myers : Feature artist
Exhibition dates: Until July 31
Feature artist at Montville Art Gallery in July is Maleny artist Gary Myers. Gary is well known for his bold use of colour and dramatic approach to landscapes.
His extensive travels has given him a love of the Australian landscape and that has been the central theme for this artwork for over four decades.
Art on Cairncross – Maleny
Playful : Jim Kinch
Exhibition dates: Until July28
The late Jim Kinch was an artist who enjoyed painting movement. With particular attention to sport and leisure activities Jim's impressionistic style makes the paintings come alive.
Art Nuvo - Buderim
From Clay to Eternity : Stephen Glassborow Exhibition dates: Until July
Sydney-based bronze sculptor Stephen Glassborow returns to Buderim with 18 of his bronze sculptures in his July exhibition. Figure, form and humour are often featured in Stephen’s works. works. The exhibition titled From Clay to Eternity gives reference that the artworks will outlive the artist. Bronze has long been a medium that stands the test of time and Glassborow has an affinity with his artworks being something of an heirloom for all generations to enjoy.
Tony Gill is co-director of Art on Cairncross and has been involved in the visual arts on the Sunshine Coast for 25 years.
STILL GOT IT: Coast artist Tony Lewis is 95 years old and still painting. LEFT: Mindari’s Dreaming by Jandamarra Cadd