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Hal Barton
No other artist captures the natural light of the Australian Bush like Hal Barton. He is recognised as one of Australias leading bush painters. His works reveal a depth of feeling and understanding of the environment which coupled with his formidable talent and recognised technique, make his works constantly in demand.Born in Adelaide in 1927, his passion for immortalising the land began when as a small child he wandered his beloved Adelaide Hills, sketchbook in hand. He gained his early training at the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts and had the advantage of being tutored by returning official war artists. This study involved intensive drawing and painting and he believes that this period has contributed enormously to his success.On his painting trips to Hahndorf he received invaluable guidance and encouragement from Sir Hans Heysen. But Hal shunned the traditional sweeping landscapes of Heysen and the Heidelberg School, to which he has been compared, to uncover the unique beauty and character of the bush at eye-level, with his fine focus revealing the organised chaos of nature on the forest floor. He mainly painted outdoors and his pursuit of subjects has taken him to many remote areas of Australia. Hal finds now that he prefers to paint in the comfort of his studio.Hal is by no means limited to bush scenes. He also paints still life and after moving to the Sunshine Coast in 1972, also paints beach scenes often including banksias and grass trees. In 1992 he demonstrated his versatility by becoming a finalist in the "Doug Moran Portrait Competition". In 1996 Hal claimed yet another major prize to add to his collection. Chosen from thousands of entries, he won the prestigious Camberwell Rotary Art Prize for the second time (the first was in 1990). No other artist has achieved this distinction.Hal has now been painting for over 55 years and was named as one of the legends of the century of his region.Hal has had over 20 solo exhibitions both in Queensland and in other states, many of which have been sell-outs. Hal features in private collections all across Australia as well as New York, London and Ireland.
"Venice Waterway"
Media:
Oil on canvas on board
Price:
$4950 AUD
Image Size:
46cm by 60cm
Frame Size:
66cm by 80cm
Stock no:
26044
'Kirkpatrick Point'
Media:
Oil on canvas on board
Price:
$5900 AUD
Image Size:
60cm by 75cm
Stock no:
25988
"Coorong Scrub"
Media:
Oil on canvas on board
Price:
$3900 AUD
Image Size:
50cm by 65cm
Stock no:
25986
Sold
'Noosa National Park'
Media:
Oil on stretched canvas
Price:
$6900 AUD
Image Size:
75cm by 90cm
Stock no:
25984
'Sand Dunes'
Media:
Oil on canvas on board
Price:
$3500 AUD
Image Size:
50cm by 60cm
Stock no:
25982
'Lake View'
Media:
Oil on canvas on board
Price:
$2900 AUD
Image Size:
35cm by 45cm
Stock no:
25981
"Bush Scene"
Media:
Oil on canvas on board
Price:
$2100 AUD
Image Size:
30cm by 40cm
Stock no:
25980
'Through The Bush'
Media:
Oil on stretched canvas
Price:
$5500 AUD
Image Size:
60cm by 80cm
Frame Size:
67cm by 87cm
Stock no:
25825
'The Rock Wall'
Media:
Oil on canvas on board
Price:
$6900 AUD
Image Size:
69cm by 85cm
Frame Size:
94cm by 110cm
Stock no:
25739
Sold
'Off The Highway'
Media:
Oil on stretched canvas
Price:
$3900 AUD
Image Size:
50cm by 60cm
Frame Size:
72cm by 82cm
Stock no:
25734