artists represented

Russell Drysdale
Russell Drysdale
Life model study (Shore-Bell School)
c.1935-38
red chalk
34 x 26 cm
 The paintings and drawings of Sir Russell Drysdale (1912 – 1981) were instrumental in developing a uniquely Australian representation of the rural landscape, its townships and its inhabitants. Drysdale worked as a jackeroo in Queensland, where his initial attachments to the landscape were formed. He studied painting with George Bell and continued his training in London and Paris. In the 1940s he painted in Sydney with contemporaries William Dobell and Donald Friend. During this time he was commissioned by the Sydney Morning Herald to document the drought in New South Wales. He continued to paint rural towns and their inhabitants, developing a personal and expressive approach to his subjects. Drysdale was awarded the Wynne Prize in 1947. He was knighted in 1969 and made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1980. Major retrospectives of his work were held by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1960 and the National Gallery of Victoria in 1997.

REF: McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Miegunyah Press, 2006, p 387 - 388