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Gemmill, Andrew (English/Australian)

River Thames at Hammersmith, London, oil on canvas, signed lower left,
11.5" x 15.75" sight, 18" x 22" framed.

About the Painting: Very good condition.

About the Artist: Born and educated in England, Andrew Gemmill has been painting since childhood. At school he won numerous art prizes and continued to widen his interest in art, visiting France, Germany, Italy and Spain to see the great galleries of Europe. After gaining a degree in English Language and Literature at Oxford University, he studied painting and drawing with Signorina Nerina Simi in Florence, who taught the same methods which had been used by her father, a pupil of a pupil of the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century French master Ingres.

Since coming to Australia in 1982, Andrew has discovered that Melbourne has become a true world centre for watercolour painting. After retiring from a business career, he owned and ran Gallery 21, Melbourne's leading watercolour art gallery for several years. He now paints full time and teaches watercolour at the McClelland Guild of Artists and at his own home. He has exhibited at the Kew Gallery in Melbourne and the Boathouse Gallery in Frankston, as well as at the Rotary School and other shows which are such a feature of the artistic life of Melbourne.

He has received Highly Commended awards at the Alexandra Rotary Art Show in 1997 and 1999 and the Mount Waverley Art Show in August 1998. In August 2000, he won the First Prize at the Mount Waverley Art Show for the Best Watercolour under $750. In June 2002 he was awarded the First Prize for watercolour paintings under $1,500 at the Ivanhoe Girls'Grammar Art Exhibition and in the same month he won the First Prize for Watercolour at the Royal Overseas League Annual Art Exhibition in Melbourne. In August 2002 he was awarded the First Prize for Watercolours under $750 at the Mount Waverley Art Show and has recently won the same award for the third successive year.

He is currently the President of the Watercolour Society of Victoria.

Andrew's approach to watercolour is very much the impressionistic approach, although he is hesitant to attach himself to any particular school of painting. Watercolour is so spontaneous a medium that freshness and speed of execution are vitally important. His aim is to capture the fresh, vigorous and fleeting moment, in light and colour and energy. His work is represented in collections in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom.

- from the Web site of the artist.

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