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Brushes with History: Masters of Watercolour was launched by John Doyle AM, award-winning writer, broadcaster and comedian, on 19 May 2015 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

The world’s oldest painting medium, watercolour has remained a significant source of inspiration and expression for many artists, as it was for J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Girtin, Alexander Cozens, John Constable, Eugène Delacroix, Paul Cézanne and Picasso, among other luminaries in the history of art. The freshness of a diluted pigment diffused over a responsive paper can create magnificent myriad effects of luminosity and translucence not possible in any other medium.

Brushes with History: Masters of Watercolour Ninety Years of the Australian Watercolour Institute, by Linda van Nunen and David van Nunen, with a foreword by Dr. Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales, is a lavishly illustrated, deluxe edition produced by The Beagle Press, Australia’s premier art publisher, in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Australian Watercolour Institute, the country’s first and foremost national society of professional watercolourists.

Throughout its history, the AWI has promoted the practice of watercolour through national and international exhibitions of the finest paintings produced in the medium, numbering among its members and exhibitors many of Australia’s celebrated artists — from Arthur Streeton, Hans Heysen, Rupert Bunny, Blamire Young, Margaret Preston and Thea Proctor to some of the most important contemporary painters working today in Australia, England, Scotland, China and America.

This 220-page publication both chronicles the history of Australia’s pre-eminent watercolour society and surveys the diversity of techniques, styles and subject matter in the evolution of watercolour over the past nine decades.

Linda and David van Nunen have produced not just a volume of the work of current members but have documented in depth the activities of artists who have been major figures both in the history of the Australian Watercolour Institute and this country’s visual arts culture. It is through their efforts that the achievements of these past members will now not be forgotten. This richly illustrated, beautifully produced book is a must-have for anyone with an interest in watercolour.

Title: Brushes with History: Masters of Watercolour
Authors:
van Nunen, Linda and van Nunen, David
Published:
2015,The Beagle Press, Roseville, NSW
ISBN:
9780646909455
Hardback:
220 pages
Price:
AUS $70, plus postage

To order, please contact: Clare Bower, AWI Treasurer, through the AWI website contact form.


The Australian Watercolour Institute: A Galley of Australia’s Finest Watercolours was launched on the 30th October 2006 at the residence of Emeritus President Peter Pinson OAM.

This monumental work celebrates Australia’s finest watercolours under the distinguished imprimatur of the Australian Watercolour Institute, the nation’s premier academy of watercolourists for 83 years. More than 150 contemporary Australian watercolours, plus 40 significant historical works, are reproduced to an exacting standard on quality paper. The book richly illustrates the work of current members of the Institute and also overviews the work of former members. It is prefaced by essays, which document the Institute’s history and activities. To a large extent, the history of the Institute is the history of modern watercolour painting in Australia. The Australian Watercolour Institute: A Gallery of Australia’s Finest Watercolours is an elegant art book that both informs and pleases the higher senses, an ideal gift for any art lover.

Title: The Australian Watercolour Institute: A Galley of Australia’s Finest Watercolours
Published: 2006, Phillip Mathews Book Publishers 
Author: Pinson, Peter/ Campbell, Jean/ Laverty, Peter
Binding
: Hardcover
Price
: AUS $50, plus postage

To order, please contact: Clare Bower, AWI Treasurer, through the AWI website contact form.