Fa­mous art on show

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

THREE pieces by renowned artist Strom Gould are now avail­able for lo­cals and vis­i­tors to en­joy in Port Douglas, thanks to the Douglas Shire His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and the Douglas Shire Coun­cil.

Although English by birth and res­i­dent of Syd­ney in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Strom Gould is con­sid­ered by many a lo­cal of Port Douglas.

He spent his last 20 years liv­ing in his Is­land Point home un­til his death in 1992.

The paint­ings are now on per­ma­nent loan to coun­cil and hang in the front meet­ing room of the Port Douglas Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Coun­cil staff at the cen­tre will be avail­able to open the room for view­ing upon re­quest.

One paint­ings, a self-por­trait, has the artist look­ing di­rectly up to Is­land Point.

Ac­cord­ing to Tim El­lis, coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer, its lo­ca­tion is “so ap­pro­pri­ate”.

The paint­ings, one of which was bought from Strom’s es­tate by the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety and the oth­ers be­queathed to them, are “so typ­i­cal of the early 80s”, Noel Weare of the so­ci­ety said.

“Two of the paint­ings de­pict char­ac­ters of the bar at The Court­house Ho­tel; we have been able to iden­tify all of the peo­ple in them.

“The works re­ally sum up the at­mos­phere of Port Douglas at the time – gam­bling and drink­ing,” Noel said.

So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Freda Wil­son said that they are so ap­pre­cia­tive of coun­cil pro­vid­ing a place for the paint­ings “en­sur­ing they stay in the shire”.

Gould’s works can be found in many na­tional col­lec­tions and not only was he a noted artist but also a car­toon­ist and also coined the slo­gan for Cad­bury’s cho­co­late – a glass and a half of rich full cream milk.

Pic­ture: MOYA STEVENS

Strom Gould's self por­trait with Tim El­lis, Freda Wil­son and Noel Weare.

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