01 Painting – Marine Art, Romola Templeman’s Cruising (Ship of Fools), with Footnotes, #322

Romola Templeman, (born 1935)
Cruising (Ship of Fools)

Watercolour on paper
54 x 73cm
Private collection

Ship of Fools. When an eclectic group of passengers boards a cruise ship bound for prewar Germany, they form a microcosm of 1930s society. One passenger, a mysterious countess, is headed for a German prison camp. The charming Dr. Schumann harbors a debilitating heart condition. Then there’s American divorcée Mary Treadwell, who vainly attempts to outrun time itself. During their weeks at sea, the group forges bonds and rivalries, and unearths secrets. More on Ship of FoolsRomola Clifton, also known as Mrs None Morrow, Mrs None Templeman, was educated at St Hilda’s and the Slade School in London 1953-55. She became a full-time artist following her first solo exhibition at twenty-one at the Skinner Galleries in 1959. 

Clifton held an exhibition each year spending time travelling overseas and some time living in Sydney. Of her 1960 solo exhibition at the Skinner Galleries the critic Charles Hamilton wrote, “Deft handling of watercolour to produce beautiful textures and atmospheric effects, reinforced by a romantic and poetic feeling for the essence of landscape. Figures in action, and old buildings, lift this section to a high level. The freedom of ink and gouache is shown in spirited portrait-sketches and action studies pointing to further progress.”

Of her 1983 exhibition when she had returned to live in Perth, Murray Mason wrote, “… extensive exhibition … is warm and mellow and maintains an honesty of approach in the face of demands of contemporary expressions.” The Morrow’s divorced and she married writer, arts administrator, and publisher Ian Templeman and moved to Canberra with him when he took up a position in the National Library of Australia. Various of her works were published in editions. More on Romola Templeman

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I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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