SKILLED ARTIST 95 AND NOT OUT

BRI­TISH-BORN PAINTER’S WA­TER­COLOUR TA­LENTS TAKE VIEW­ERS ON ENTHRALLIN­G JOUR­NEY

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | ART - WORDS: TONY GILL

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.

Gallery snip­pets

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.

PHO­TOS: COUR­TESY OF THE ARTIST

STILL GOT IT: Coast artist Tony Lewis is 95 years old and still paint­ing. LEFT: Min­dari’s Dream­ing by Jan­damarra Cadd

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