Art gallery honours wildlife artist
Gallery 294 is delighted and honoured to host an exhibition by the late wildlife artist Douglas Priestly, which opened at the gallery on Sunday, December 29 last year.
The Corowa Senior Citizens held their meeting on Monday, January 7 at the Hub Meeting Room.
Euchre was played and the winners were Stan Bromley and Brian Nicholson.
Corowa Seniors meetings are held on each Monday afternoon commencing at 1.30pm.
Starting with Euchre and followed by afternoon tea, new members are always welcome.
Douglas was born in Melbourne in 1954 and after diagnosis of a serious illness in his early 20s, started painting wildlife and illustrating books for other authors.
He was a self-taught and prolific artist, and his oeuvre extends across all media: pencil, acrylic, watercolours and oils.
He was also the author of two books, ‘Australia’s Wonderful Water Creatures’, published in 1996, and ‘All About Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises’, published in 1999.
He received the Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature for both of these books. He also wrote ‘Curious Creatures of Australia’. Douglas had several successful exhibitions in Melbourne before moving to the Gold Coast where he continued his painting and writing.
After moving to Canberra, he established a successful gardening business, reviving his interest in aquarium fish and plants, and lecturing on these subjects in Canberra, Sydney and elsewhere in Australia. Douglas died of cancer in January 2016, aged 61.
The exhibition has been organised by Des Priestly, Douglas’ father, to ensure Douglas’ legacy lives on and provides enduring pleasure for those who purchase either an original painting or a print.
Des would like to advise that the paintings will be accompanied by an original Certificate of Authenticity. Prints of all paintings will also be available for sale.
The exhibition runs until late January and the gallery is open daily from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free at all times.
Another exquisite painting by the late Douglas Priestly as part of his ‘Bird studies’ works.
Bird studies by Douglas Priestly.