WERNER FILIPICH paintings will be among the outstanding works of art to be presented at the Hunters Hill Romantics exhibition this weekend.
The exhibition opens at the Hunters Hill Town Hall this Friday night from 5pm and will be open on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 10am until 4pm.
Event co-ordinator Adrian Black described Werner’s works as traditionalist painting mainly in oils, specialising in rural and coastal scenes.
“His popular and unique style is admired by many,” Mr Black said.
“A Filipich painting has space and a freedom, expressing seemingly effortlessly the beauty of the Australian landscape.
“His works are sold the world over with many paintings adorning countless walls.”
Mr Filipich says he’s inspired by impressionist painters Heyson, Roberts, McCubbin, Condor and Streeton.
“Their handling of light and contrasting colour is depicted in their impressions of the never changing hues of the Australian scenery,” he said.
“It changes minute by minute and whilst on site I must capture and transform as quickly as possible the scene onto my blank canvas.
“Being a professional artist is an exciting journey and is a never ending learning experience.”
Mr Filipich’s paintings include landscapes and seascapes as well as French provincial scenes. Like other paintings at the exhibition, his paintings will be on sale.
“This Exhibition represents a great opportunity to experience a highly diverse collection of art from five of Australia’s premier painters,” Mr Black said.
“On display will be a range of paintings and high quality giclée editions. From affordable miniatures to major works The Romantics Exhibition has something for everyone.”
An important aim of the exhibition is to raise money and awareness of the Chris O’Brien Life House.
“The Romantics Art Exhibition supports the Chris O’Brien Life House in the never ending task of finding a cure for Cancer, a disease that we have all encountered at sometime within our wonderful families or very close friends,” Mr Black said.
“This is a mammoth battle of adversity with many challenges for both the patient and the dedicated team at Life House, led by the inspiration of Gail O’Brien and her team.”
Other artists include Ian Hansen, Ramon Ward-Thompson, James Hough and Max Mannix.
“As a veteran sailor Ian has a love and respect for the power and beauty of the ocean,” Mr Black said.
“When viewing a Hansen you at once lose yourself and find yourself, set adrift in the wilds of creation.”
Ramon Ward-Thompson is a true romantic impressionistic painter who over the decades has refined the skill of interpreting a scene, “capturing the inner memory of place with an almost dream-like quality,” Mr Black said.
Hough’s paintings, he said, showcased a variety of native Australian birds and animals, with his art ever-evolving and focused more recently on wildlife at home for which he has travelled extensively throughout Australia in search of the most untouched habitat to capture its natural beauty and purity.
Mannix – featured in a recent edition of The Weekly Times – “captures life in the outback like no other artist”, according to Mr Black, painting vibrant stories, often larrikin tales of living in the bush with his unique style and palette screaming of the quintessential vernacular unique to Australia.