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