Harry Pidgeon is one of our established exhibiting Australian artists at Cooks Hill Galleries. These photos are with his wife at their home south of Sydney. As you would expect by Harry’s meticulous art style his studio is a reflection of this – clean as a pin!
Watercolour painters always astound me as they often possess the insight of the finished art work prior to commencing a painting i.e. they have to prepare and think forward as to how the artwork will look when finished. As such they have the vision of the finished artwork and work in reverse as they develop a painting. They consider the finishing touches of a painting e.g. a reflection or a perspective of distance where there is to be a highlight and leave these areas untouched as they develop a painting. Watercolour painting is also unforgiving unlike an oil or acrylic. When one makes a mistake he or she can overpaint to correct an error or omission.
One thing that identifies Harry’s style is the detail and complexity of the compositions he uses. The image Royal Exotics 55 x75 cm seen below exemplifies this perfectly. Few Australian artists would have the skill to tackle the complicated compositions Harry works with and let’s not forget the control of the medium he must possess.
The other aspect of Pidgeon’s artwork is the acrylic on canvas of a realism style. We see a contrast with his watercolour artwork of the birds with a different approach. He incorporates a space and single focus, which highlights the bird/s to become super real. When moving to the landscape theme one observes the patterns; obviously a favoured direction for the artist.
Harry lives in a bush setting which adds to his consciousness of nature. Birdlife is abundant here, however he likes to travel and take in the large vista compositions as well. On his lounge room wall is the panorama of a bush and rockscape mountain range, a subject matter that he is traversing now.
I have brought back with me a range of new artworks from the studio. I share two of those with you to illustrate the control and detail the artist shows with his watercolours and the excitement of the realism of the bird compositions.
There are 8 new works please call into the Cooks Hill Galleries to view them!