G e o r g e L a r g e n t
For as far back as I can remember, I have loved to draw and paint. When I left school to attend art college and had to earn a living, I was directed towards a career in the commercial art field of advertising. This encompassed illustration, design, lettering, photography and all forms of visual media. I found this a great foundation for my later move into fine art. It taught me see and think visually.
I have always enjoyed continually striving to improve my work, those ’elusive masterpieces,’ and I believe that this endeavour in itself is the basis for the sheer delight of being an artist.
Born in Hertfordshire, England, and an Australian resident since 1948, George Largent studied at the National Art School, East Sydney, from 1956 to 1960 before undertaking work as a commercial artist. Accepted as an exhibiting member of the Contemporary Art Society of Australia in 1956, his work hung in their major annual exhibition in Sydney that year. At sixteen years of age, he was their youngest elected member.
He worked as a designer/art director in London and New York from 1963 to 1965 before returning to Sydney to form his own advertising agency, which operated successfully for sixteen years. Upon selling his advertising agency, Largent turned to painting full-time. Since 1982, he has continuously exhibited both nationally and internationally in galleries in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, San Diego, California and Chicago, Illinois, United States.
Among his numerous first prizes are The Festival of Fishers Ghost, Shoalhaven, Canterbury, Liverpool, Bankstown and Bowral art prizes; the Macquarie 1000 Award; Toohey’s Paint a Pub 1981,1983; Camberwell Watercolour Prize, 1999, 2005 and the Bright (Victoria) Annual Watercolour Prize.
Largent’s work is held in private and corporate collections, including IBM, Qantas, Amatil, Kimberley Clark, Westpac, Seabridge, Sanctuary Cove, Merk & Co, United States, and the Marriot Hotel.
A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2011, Largent was elected a Fellow of the Royal Art Society in 1988, serving on its council during the 1990s.