WASA Notable Artists
West Australian Society of Arts Inc.
Celebrating 125 years
Brendon Darby & Leon Holmes
who are now listed as WASA Notable Artists.
BRENDON DARBY - ARTIST STATEMENT
One of my main motivations to paint is a very basic human trait that I think we all possess. We need to share experiences that stimulate us. Living in Australia, I’m surrounded by an infinite variety of landscapes that never cease to amaze me.
There is a lot I want to share with you. I consider myself very fortunate, because it appears that there are people out there, that enjoy my interpretations of the landscape enough to want to show their friends. Their support enables me to continue painting.
For that I am very grateful.
LEON HOLMES - ARTIST STATEMENT
Leon’s artworks reflect the beauty of natural light and colour of various scenes including landscapes, seascapes and portraits. Being challenged by the changing surrounding conditions, Leon is forced to work quickly which results in dynamic and vibrant artworks. Larger studio works are created in his home studio in Mandurah and are often inspired by these outdoor studies which he uses as reference. In the recent years, Leon has become an idol for many who love or want to learn to paint in oils, from life, just as the old masters did.
Leon is devoted to making Plein Air Painting of today a more enjoyable experience for everyone. The artist has put his knowledge and experience to good use and designed his own range of outdoor painting equipment.
*#Bernard Woodward 1847-1916 First Director WA Museum and Art Gallery
*Henry Charles Prinsep 1844-1922
*#Herbert William Gibbs 1852-1940,
*#May Gibbs 1877-1969
*#Frederick Mathews Williams 1855-1929 President 1898-1903
*George Temple Poole
*#George Pitt-Morrison 1861-1946 President 1906
Curator of the Art gallery 1928-1942 His painting ‘Springtime’ was the first acquired by the Art Gallery.
Arthur Wakefield Bassett 1869-1948
J. W. R.Linton 1869-1947 ‘Patriarch of Western Australian Art’ President 1924 & 1926
*Margaret Hamersley Lady Margaret Forrest 1844-1929 Vice-President
Girolamo Nerli 1860-1926
Duncan McGregor Whyte 1865-1953 President 1920-1921
#Arthur and #Emma Boyd
Walter Paterson Meston 1870-1936 President 1925 & 1927
Kathleen O’Connor 1876-1968
Frank Ernest Allum 1863-1930 President 1908-1909
Florence Fuller 1867-1946
Daisy Rossi 1879-1974
Flora Landells 1888-1981
James Goatcher 1879-1967
Adolphe Augustus Plate 1874-1914
Amy Heap 1874-1956
Margaret Saunders (Established the ‘The WA Womens’ Society of Fine Arts and Crafts.’)
Lionel Jago 1882-1953
John Barker 1867-1943 President 1930
Miquel MacKinlay (McKinlay) 1893-1959
Margaret Johnson 1898-1967
Florence Venables Hall 1897-1987
Portia Bennett 1897-1989
Edith Trethowan 1901-1939
Allon Cook 1907- 1971
Harald Vike 1906-1987
Frank Edward ‘Effie’ Mills 1901-1957
Ernest Sidney Philpot 1906-1985
Herbert McClintock (aka Max Ebert) 1906-1985
Ivor Hunt 1903-1971
Iris Francis 1913-2004
* Founder members of WASA
#Exhibitor at the inaugural exhibition 1896/97
Amended September 2021 TS
‘A Survey of Western Australian Art from 1696’ Arthur Spartalis 2008
‘Western Australian Art a selection of early works from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection’.
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