Artist Bio: David O'Dwyer

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Artist Bio - David O'Dwyer

David O'Dwyer b. 1953

I started painting in 2014. I have always had an interest in art, mainly art history and the life stories of artists. My main area of interest has been Impressionist art, both European and Australian.

I mainly paint Landscapes but I have done a small number of portraits on commission. I have paintings in private collections in Narooma NSW, Tarwonga Victoria, Ballarat, Colac, Williamstown and Geelong.

I have a small art studio in Bell Park Geelong where I try to spend a few hours each day painting for enjoyment. I find trying to paint new and different subjects is helping me develop new skills as well improving my basic painting skills. There are always new things to learn.

My Influences

I have a love of impressionist art, inparticular the works of Van Gogh and Monet. I also love the works of most of the Australian impressionists especially the Heidelberg School painters, such as Tom Roberts, Walter Withers, David Davies and Arthur Streeton. 

The greatest influence, on my love for art and painting, is certainly the "A Bush Burial" 1890, by Frederick McCubbin. I saw it in the Geelong Art Gallery when I was about 12 years old. I was facinated by the emotion of the scene, even the dog looked sad. One other painting of particular interest to me was "Reconciliation" 1886/7 by Tom Roberts. When living in Castlemaine, I would visit the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, where my Grandmother was a volunteer in the late 1950's.

My Grandmother was a hobby artist and painted a number of very good landscapes. One painting inparticular of poplar trees hung in her lounge room for many years. I don't know want happened to it but I would love to have it.

As you can see from the above, I have had some very creative and talented people influence my love of painting. The biggest influence is my wife Faye whom is a very good artist herself and very skillful in fiinshing off a painting. She has taught me a great deal about detail, light and shade and how to structure a painting. I look forward to the day Faye retires from work and spends many hours in the art studio, painting and educating me further.

I hope that you find my paintings interesting and ocassionally see one that you like. I am always interested in feedback both constructive and positive. I find it helpful in continuing to improve my skills.

Enjoy your art.

David O'Dwyer

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