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Exhibition

MEMBERS ROOM GALLERY

2nd June - 30th June 2017


Opening: Friday 2nd June 2017 at 10:00am

Viewing Until: Friday 30th June 2017 4:00pm

RAY WILSON
PLEIN AIR EXHIBITION
2ND - 30TH JUNE 2017
 
Biography

Ray has lived in Essendon for 33 years.  He has been painting seriously for the last 18 years.   He enjoys tonal impressionist oil painting, the study of light, in the tradition of early Australian artists, particularly those influenced by Max Meldrum.  He currently paints all genres: plein air; portraiture and still life.  He challenges himself to keep it simple and ‘painterly’.

He began lessons at the Victorian Artists Society (VAS) in the late 90s having tuition from Margaret Cowling (water colour), Max Wilks (Oil) and Gregory Smith (Oil - for 9 years at his school in Strathmore).  Ray Hewitt (twice VAS Artist of the Year) has been a long term mentor having taught Ray at the VAS for several years.

More recently he has taken on the role of VAS Manager having been the VAS Treasurer and Council member.  He has undertaken relief tutoring at the VAS and judged Art and Sculpture at the Royal Melbourne Agricultural Show for two years running.  He currently attends VAS classes with Steve Doyle (twice VAS Artist of the Year). 

Ray has had two successful solo shows in 2014 and 2015.  He is an accomplished portraiture artist and has participated in live painting events painting prominent Melbournians.  Ray’s works appear in collections in Victoria and interstate.

A current favourite artist is Australian, Ron Crawford (1915 – 87).

Ray is a signatory member of the VAS.

Recent Awards include:

  • Winner, Best in Show, Art, Royal Victorian Agricultural Show, 2016
  • Winner, Landscape, Royal Victorian Agricultural Show, 2016
  • Second, Figurative Painting, Royal Victorian Agricultural Show, 2016
  • VAS highly commended –Autumn Exhibition, April 2016
  • VAS highly commended –Maritime Exhibition, July 2015
  • Nominee for VAS Artist of the Year 2013 - 16
  • Winner Surf Coast Calendar competition 2014
  • VAS highly commended –Portraiture Exhibition, July 2014
  • VAS highly commended –Spring Exhibition, August 2014
  • Second prize, Still Life, Art, Royal Victorian Agricultural Show, 2014
  • Winner, Hugh Ramsay Award, Gregory R Smith School of painters

 

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