The Romantics return to Hunters Hill

Ramon Ward-Thompson will be one of five outstanding local artists whose works will be on sale at the Hunters Hill Romantics Exhibition at the Hunters Hill Town Hall from Friday, September 7 until September 9

Ward-Thompson ‘s works feature scenes from Paris, London and Australia and he is described by exhibition coordinator Adrian Black as “a true romantic impressionistic painter” who captures the beauty of his subjects with a deliberately limited palette.

“Over the decades of painting Ramon has refined a a skill that interprets a scene,  that captures the inner memory of place with a almost dream like quality,” Mr Black said.  

“As a Sydney-sider he loves the beauty of the Harbour and can often be found on the foreshore. He often travels to Europe to be inspired by the people, its atmosphere and the architecture. 

“He is inspired by the season.”

The artist told The Weekly Times he strives to capture the romantic mood of his subjects in changing seasons, whether it be the Sydney sunshine, misty mornings in London or Paris in the rain.

“The changeable Spring weather offers me such a broad spectrum of different lights and moods and for me, there is always a painting and a story around every corner of the beautiful Paris, and I never tire of painting it,” he said.

His latest works that will form part of his display at the Romantics Exhibition are from a carousel series. 

“I am currently working on a series of new paintings from my recent trip to Paris, a city that always has something new to offer me as an artist,” he said.

“Of course the ancient landmarks don’t change, but the different seasons, changes in weather and landscaping can bring an entirely new aspect to a favourite subject. 

“This year the addition of a carousel in the square outside Hotel de Ville greeted me on my arrival and it was such a delightful sight set against the spires of Notre Dame that I returned that afternoon and stayed for an hour or so sketching and enjoying the colourful scene set against the historic background of Paris.”

“From this beginning a new theme took shape and over the next few weeks I sketched many of the carousels that I found in the parks and squares on my travels around the streets of Paris.”

“Some of the carousels are quite old  (they date back to the 19th century)  with each one an individual piece of art in itself, the original paintings of their rotating tops telling the history of each one. I have enjoyed capturing this joyful and festive side to this beautiful city and have worked them into some of my new works.”

Sales of paintings will benefit the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, whose never ending search for a cure for cancer and support for patients is outstanding – we gladly support this charitable organisation.

Gail, wife of the late Chris O’Brien and resident of Hunters Hill forges ahead, together with the Lifehouse team with this important task.

The exhibition opens on Friday, September 7 from 5pm and continues on Saturday from 10am until 5pm and concludes on Sunday from 10am until 4pm.