Kangaroo Valley – Leonard Hugh Long OAM (1911-2013)
One of Australias great & respected post war landscape artists in the realist manner, Long was born in
Summer Hill NSW to the son of a baker, then spent his early years growing up in Mittagong
on the NSW south coast, where he showed an early aptitude for drawing, completing his first painting
at the age of 16.
In 1934, he settled with his wife and young children in Nowra where he worked as a watch maker running his own business.
After serving in the second world war, Long began spending increasing amounts of time painting the Australian landscape, subsequently selling his watch making business and embarking as a full time artist in 1955.
It is worth noting that this particular painting is dated 1949, of an area local to him at that time and during the period upon his return from war, when landscape painting was coming to the forefront of his life.
Long would go on to paint almost daily until his death at the age of 102, holding many successful solo exhibitions around the country.
During his career, Long knew and painted alongside notable Australian artists such as Will Ashton, Norman Lindsay, Robert Johnson and the celebrated indigenous artist Albert Namatjira; spending six weeks painting with Namatjira in Central Australia, culminating with a sell-out joint Sydney exhibition.
Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1993 ‘for services to the arts as a painter of Australian landscapes’. Long’s works are held both privately and in public gallery collections in Australia and overseas; such as Art Gallery NSW, Dunedin Art Gallery NZ, National Gallery Kuala Lumpur, Rockhampton Art Gallery Qld and Broken Hill Art Gallery NSW.
Five days a week, 8.30 until 3pm, Long continued to paint & exhibit until his death in 2013 at the age of 102, leaving behind a body of work and an inspiring legacy; his passion and painted depictions of our unique Australian landscape.
Oil on board in its original gilt wood & gesso frame. Titled verso ‘After the squall, Kangaroo Valley’.
Signed and dated lower right Leonard Long , 49.
Measures including frame: 29.5cm wide, 24cm high.