Neville Pilven’s work is represented in several corporate collections, as well as private collections in Australia, Britain and the USA.
About Neville Pilven
Neville Pilven was born in Melbourne in 1939.
He studied at the National Art Gallery School from 1959 to 1961.
During the 1960s and 1970s Neville travelled to Europe where he painted and studied, and in 1973 he returned to Australia, establishing a home Studio at Alphington, Melbourne.
Pilven has drawn his inspiration principally from Kakadu and the Grampians, his work displaying a primeval perspective of the Australian landscape and a unique presentation of its waterways and rock formations.
Pilven’s work has featured in several solo exhibitions in London, Melbourne and Richmond, as well as group exhibitions.
His work is represented in several corporate collections, as well as private collections in Australia, Britain and the USA.
Rita Esslinger is a german-born artist with a fascination for the rich colours of the Australian landscape.
About Rita Esslinger
Rita Esslinger was born in Germany and migrated to Australia in 1970 taking up oil painting lessons with Wesley Penberthy at Melbourne university.
Her background is fashion design but she found it too commercial and decided to devote herself to more creative expressions.
Esslinger’s fascination with the rich colours of the Australian landscape has influenced her sensitive approach in capturing these elements, the vast diversity forever stimulating her into exploration of texture, colour, space, mood and balance.
James Waltham Curtis was an English-born painter, illustrator, and photographic colourist who became an early practitioner of a distinctively Australian style of art.
About James Curtis
James Waltham Curtis (c. 1839 – September 18, 1901) was an English-born painter, illustrator, and photographic colourist who became an early practitioner of a distinctively Australian style of art.
James Curtis was born in Devonshire in 1839 and went to Victoria, probably with the goldrush working in Melbourne, first as a colourist for the photographers Johnstone, O’Shannessy & Co., then as an illustrator for the ‘Illustrated Australian News’.
He is described in the catalogue of the ‘Intercolonial Exhibition’, Melbourne-Philadelphia, 1875-76 as ‘the Australian Gericault’.
After Curtis’ death, 70 of his Australian landscapes were presented from his estate to the Leland Stanford junior University, California.
His work was seen in ‘Australian Art in the 1870s AGNSW’, Sydney 1976 and the Bicentennial exhibition ‘The Face of Australia’.