TO THE POINT with IAN HANSEN: The Romantics Art Show is for lovers of traditional art

A FINE mix of traditional art work can be viewed at The Romantics Art Show Exhibition which opens this Friday September 7 in Hunters Hill Town Hall, 22 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill at 5pm.

For the ninth consecutive year The Romantics Art Show will be held in the Hunters Hill Town Hall and will run until this Sunday September 9.

The Romantics are a group of five traditional professional artists whose friendships go back to the early 1970s.

It was a love of traditional art and an admiration for the works of the old master painters that first brought us five artists together over 30 years ago.

Today our work is well known, highly sought after and hangs in many collections both here and overseas and on exhibit this weekend will be our latest collection of impressionist oil paintings depicting marine art from a bygone era, fine Australian landscape and rural scenes, street scenes from Paris and detailed colourful wildlife.

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YOURS truly has been a full time artist for 44 years and I specialise in marine subjects.

I enlisted in the Navy at the age of 15 as an apprentice Shipwright and served 12 years before becoming a professional artist.

Since then I’ve been working mainly on commissions and have been most fortunate to have my paintings go all over the world.

As a dedicated artist, I’ve also had the privilege of winning several International Art Awards which has given me enormous satisfaction.

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OTHER members of The Romantics include Max Mannix, who started his working life as a stockman in cattle stations in outback Queensland after growing up in Victorian country towns.

This life style and many characters he came across provided Max with plenty of inspiration to capture the outback humour and insight into the old Aussie way of life with his popular paintings.

Artist Ramon Ward Thompson came from New Zealand in the 1960s and worked as a professional fisherman and crocodile hunter in the Northern Territory and Queensland waters before turning to art.

He has had many successful exhibitions in the last 40 years and travels extensively throughout Europe and Britain collecting reference for his sought after paintings.

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ARTIST Werner Filipich initially trained as a hairdresser, winning an Australian Championship before the strong pull of painting took over.

His traditional landscape and figurative paintings are influenced by the Heildberg School and he often ‘goes bush’ seeking reference and painting the Australian bush.

James Hough is an international award winning artist that had a surveying background and his years of tramping through the bush had him observing a host of wildlife especially birds that would become his favourite subject matter for his very popular paintings.

All of the artists will be in attendance during the show and will be happy to discuss their paintings and art with you.

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TO DATE The Romantics have raised over $40,000 for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse facility at Camperdown and this fund raising will continue again this year.

As in previous years, we’ll be donating a percentage of all painting sales as well as proceeds from the raffle of an original painting to this non-profit organisation that relies totally on donations from the wider community to bring hope and care to cancer sufferers, their families and carers.

This is an opportunity to view and perhaps purchase some excellent traditional art, to meet the artists behind the paintings and to support a very worthwhile charity.

Entry is free and Max Mannix has donated one of his paintings for the raffle prize. The Art Exhibition continues this Saturday September 8 with opening hours from 10am to 5pm and this Sunday September 9 from 10am to 4pm.

For further details check website: www.romanticsfineartexhibition.com.au

IAN HANSEN is an an international award winning marine artist.

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