Art gallery hon­ours wildlife artist

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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