Clara Southern (3 October 1861 – 15 December 1940) was an Australian artist associated with the Heidelberg School, also known as Australian Impressionism. She was active between the years 1883 and her death in 1940. Physically, Southern was tall with reddish fair hair, and was nicknamed ‘Panther’ because of her lithe beauty.
A landscape painter in oils, Clara Southern began her art career studying under another woman artist, Madam Moucehette, and later under Walter Withers.
Her love and knowledge of the countryside is clearly seen in her landscapes which are notable for their lyricism and charm.
Many are of the farm buildings painted near Warrandyte where her work and presence attracted a number of other artists to instigate an artists’ colony, among them Penleigh Boyd, Louis McCubbin, Charles Wheeler.
Along with Jane Sutherland, she was regarded as one of the foremost women artist of the era and continued to live and paint at Warrandyte until her death at age 79.
John Peter Russell was an Australian painter of impressionist landscapes and seascapes in oils and watercolours.
About John Russell
John Peter Russell (16 June 1858 – 30 April 1930) was an Australian impressionist painter. Born and raised in Sydney, Russell moved to Europe in his late teenage years to attend art school. Russell befriended fellow pupil Vincent Van Gogh, and painted the first portrait of the future world-famous artist, now held at the Van Gogh Museum.
A painter of impressionist landscapes and seascapes in oils and watercolours, Russell was fortunate to be born into a wealthy family and was able to indulge him in his two pleasures, painting and travel.
After the death of his father, Russell inherited an annual income of about $6000 and left for London, travelling on the same ship as Tom Roberts.
In London, Russell attended the Sale School and later in Paris attended the Cormon Studio where he met many of the now important young radicals including Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Russell returned to Australia in 1923 without much acclaim; it has only been in recent years that due notice has been given to the significance of his work. His works are held in major galleries in his home country and in Europe.
Nathan Paramanathan’s works have featured in many exhibitions in Australia and are included in public and private collections.
About Nathan Paramanathan
Born in Malaysia in 1929, Nathan Paramanathan came to Australia in 1949.
His painting training began at Melbourne’s Institute of Technology, having been granted a painting fellowship in 1965.
Nathan has long experience in art education.
He taught at the Phillip Institute of Technology from 1964, becoming Art Education Department head in 1975.
Since leaving PIT in 1987, Nathan has been able to devote more time to painting which is based on enjoyment of the Australian landscape.
The areas he has represented include the Wilcannia Plains, the ruggedness of Mt Buffalo, the watery expanses of the Coorong, the vast red terrains of Western Australia and the unique wilderness of Kakadu.
Nathan works with oil on canvas or board, but more frequently incorporates acrylics, watercolour and ink on paper to produce an innovative approach to landscape painting.
He abstracts colour and light in fluid expressionistic works.
His works have featured in many exhibitions in Victoria and are included in collections, both public and private.