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7th April, 2017


Arthur Streeton's 150th Birthday Celebrations

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It was a case of a birthday cake amongst the easels, the palettes and brushes today as Artists at the Victorian Artists' Society celebrated the 150th birthday of one of the Society's most famous artists, Sir Arthur Streeton.

Arthur Streeton, fondly known as "Smike" by friends and fellow artists, was a founding member of the Victorian Artists' Society Council in 1888, and as a member was a major exhibitor in the Society's Exhibitions.  

The Friday Group of Painters with model Jack fill the studio with voices.

Ron Smith, a Councillor of the Victorian Artists' Society, said "The artists and the model took a break from painting to celebrate Arthur Streeton's 150th birthday amongst the easels in the original art studio where Arthur Streeton, and fellow artists Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin and Walter Withers, all learnt to paint as young and emerging artists.

Mr Smith said Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts were together again at the Victorian Artists' Society when three of their original works, on loan to the Society for the celebration, were displayed in the Studio.

One art work was a Streeton Charcoal Standing Nude drawn when he was just 20 years of age.  

The Victorian Artists' Society believes it is important to mark this important anniversary.  Sir Arthur Streeton is part of the proud history of the Victorian Artists' Society and his paintings and drawings continue to provide an insight into the Australian landscape and the Australian community to art lovers around the world.

Ron Smith and Eileen Mackley, President of the Victorian Artists' Society cutting the birthday cakes.

Left: Eileen Mackley, President of the Victorian Artists' Society with Gwendoline Krumins and Norma Sullivan in the art studio today with the birthday cakes.

Recently the Victorian Artists' Society moved to establish life size bronze statues of Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin, opposite its heritage building in Albert Street, East Melbourne.

View Sir Arthur Streeton and his works, biography, bibliography as well as illustrations of fourteen of his major works at www.artistsfootsteps.com


Media Enquiries:

Ron Smith,  Victorian Artists' Society Councillor and Convenor of Communications -
Mobile: 0417 329 201