Paintings of Whitehall’s early bush history on show

August 20, 2018 by  

Art enthusiasts from Box Hill South and throughout the City of Whitehorse are being urged to visit the latest exhibition being held at the Whitehorse Artspace.

The exhibition has been mounted to celebrate one of the country’s most influential and best known landscape painters Sir Arthur Streeton who had frequented the area at the turn of the 20th century.

Since those early times, printing services have often been called upon to put together books featuring the early impressionist artist group known as the Box Hill Artists’ Camp, of which the artist was a key contributor.

Whitehorse Mayor Andrew Davenport said the landscapes painted by the artist provided a masterful record of the bushland from which the municipality grew. Davenport said:

“Two sweeping landscapes by Streeton will be shown at this exhibition alongside significant landscapes from the Whitehorse Art Collection. Seeing these works, we are reminded of what a brilliant artist worked among the bushland that once covered Whitehorse.”

In a first for Melbourne works by Streeton, printed after his death, will also be on display, thanks to the Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop.

Other Whitehorse Art Collection landscapes to be featured in the exhibition include works by Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, Emmanuel Phillips Fox and the students.

Sweeping Landscapes – The Streeton Legacy will run until September 15 at the Artspace in Box Hill Town Hall.

In addition, a selection of historic portraits will also hang in the Town Hall.