Last Bus to Riley Street - Max Watters

 

Last Bus to Riley Street

 The Max Watters Preview Exhibition for 2018

 This year’s preview of Max Watters’ latest group of
paintings will be the last to travel on from the
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre to the Watters
Gallery in Riley Street East Sydney. Sadly after 54 years
the Watters Gallery will close at the end of 2018. This
is the end of an era for Australian art. The Watters
Gallery has been at the forefront of the avant garde and
the very best that Australian art has had to offer since its
inception in 1964. Max Watters held his first solo
exhibition at the Watters Gallery in 1966 and has
continued to exhibit there every year or two till the
present. The close connection between the Watters
Gallery and its directors Alex and Geoffrey Legge and
Frank Watters (Max’s older brother) and the
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre is directly related 

 

 

 

 

 

to the connection between Max and the Upper Hunter.
Max has been painting the built environment of the
rural Upper Hunter since 1962 - this is his subject, it is
what he loves and his paintings have recorded the slow
demise of a bygone time of slab huts, Georgian
architecture and bush carpentry. The buildings Max has
carefully rendered into his singular style of geometry
and texture have reached the end of their natural life,
every day another old building falls down, every day the
questions about the future of the Upper Hunter mount
up and Max Watters latest paintings reflect and ask
these same questions.

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Exhibiting from 13 May to 1 July 2018. Opening night
6pm Saturday 12 May 2018. Free entry with 
refreshments courtesy of Hollydene Estate Wines,
Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.
 
 

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Photo: Brad Franks,
Max Watters, in the Winter Studio.