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(Road to Templestowe 2017, Oil on linen. 50 x 50cm)

Both the Streeton family and QG&W felt it was of most importance that Streeton Prints was realised for the public. Additionally, QG&W takes this unique opportunity to inform the general public on the ‘influence’ and ‘inspiration’ Sir Arthur Streeton has left behind over the past century.

To demonstrate this, QG&W will host nine artists who will work in the gallery during the exhibition. The artists’ methods, their approach and specific ways in which Sir Arthur Streeton has impacted their signature style will form the secondary purpose for the Streeton Prints exhibition.

Emmy’s Statement

I live in the area where Arthur Streeton and the Heidelberg school artists painted. They were influenced by the Impressionists and worked quickly in their response to the landscape.

The views from the outer Northern suburbs of Melbourne have always interested me, and that is evident in my early urban landscape paintings.

The residency at QG&W has allowed me the chance to revisit this distinct Melbourne, suburban perspective. I have been looking at the Streeton paintings Road to Templestowe’ and ‘Golden Summer Eagelmont’ as they are my surrounding suburbs.

I recalled a housing development in the Lower Plenty area that was being built in 2001. It changed the rolling paddock that Streeton had painted into a suburban housing estate. The estate is today called ‘Streeton Views’… I remember a series of quick small works on board I painted at that time in response. I parked my car on the side of the road and sketched in desperation. I tried to capture the Streeton paddocks before they were changed forever.

In Streetons painting ‘Road to Templestowe’ there is evidence of the early development too. The farm house and buildings, the fences, the cows, the dirt road cutting through the land, the horse and buggy, the farmers and people walking on the road.

I have found some beautiful Western Red Cedar lining boards which I will paint on plein air and work on in the gallery during my time at QG&W. My focus will be on my response to the landscape, and I plan to work quickly. I will then assemble the cedar panels as produced building a panoramic montage / view of the local area.

I also plan on producing a series of Monotypes from quick drawings of the local area that relate to the paintings.

From our perspective an iconic Australian view…… But maybe Streeton was also painting the paddocks before they changed forever.

 


Resident artists’ information: Joel Wolter Mar 3 – 6 | Philip Davey Mar 8 – 13 | Emmy Mavroidis Mar 15 – 20 | Adam Nudelman Mar 22 – 27 | Amanda Firenze Mar 29 – Apr 3 | Michelle Joy Caithness Apr 5 – 10 | Soula Mantalvanos Apr 12 – 17 | Andrew Weatherill Apr 19 – 24 | James Pasakos Apr 26 – 30.

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