Arthur Streeton, Sheep country (or The Grampians from the plain) c.1920, oil on canvas, 51.5 x 76.5 cm, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, The Oscar Paul Collection, Gift of Henriette von Dallwitz and of Richard Paul in honour of his father 1965

Media Release :: 23 June 2016

Streeton - Australia Felix, A Grampians selection

Sir Arthur Ernest Streeton (1867-1943) is one of Australia’s most notable painters, a central figure in the Heidelberg school of artists, and these are all works he painted in the Western District around the 1920s. Streeton rose to fame at that time alongside fellow Australian impressionist painters Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Charles Conder. "These are very significant paintings in the nation's holdings of Australian art and Hamilton Gallery is both fortunate and deserving of displaying these pictures" said Director Sarah Schmidt. These works reflect what we see now through iconic Grampians images, although they were painted in the 1920s she added.”

Hamilton Gallery has brought together works from both private and public collections, including from the National Gallery of Australia, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The exhibition will christen the recently refurbished Gaussen Gallery.
The selection of paintings depicting the Grampians landscape, extends the success of the Geelong Gallery exhibition 'Land of the Golden Fleece: Arthur Streeton in the Western District' curated by Geoffrey Edwards. Sarah Schmidt described Geelong Gallery's exhibition as "a very important exhibition that Hamilton Gallery has been fortunate to follow, with an edited selection focused on localised scenes, we are extremely grateful to the collegiality of our National Gallery in Canberra and our regional counterpart Geelong Gallery, for supporting our exhibition with loan of important paintings from their collections."

The exhibition will include one of Streeton’s most celebrated works, Land of the Golden Fleece, painted in 1926 near Willaura. In recorded letters from the time, Streeton enthusiastically wrote, "I am away here painting among the sheep and the red gums, with the grand mass of the Grampians towering up behind".

"The exhibition is presented alongside another of Hamilton Gallery’s major exhibitions for the 2016 Program, 'John Wolseley: Mallee – Maquis – Desert – Rainforest' to achieve an entire floor of remarkable landscape imagery which is rather befitting of a regional gallery located in such a remarkable and beautiful landscape rich with geographic points of interest - both of which these two exhibitions capture in very different ways."

'Streeton – Australia Felix, A Grampians selection' will be on display from the 15 July – 9 October. An official function will be held on Thursday 21st July at 6:00pm. Entry to both the exhibition and official function is free. All are welcome to the function by RSVP to the Gallery by 14 July.

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Southern Grampians Shire Council

State Government of Victoria