01 Painting of the Canals of Venice, Brian Kewley’s Piazza San Marco, with footnotes. #96

Brian Kewley, (1933 – )
Piazza San Marco, c. 1971

Pen, gouache and wash on paper
36.5 x 54.5cm
Private collection

Piazza San Marco or St. Mark’s Square is the main public square in Venice.  The Piazza is located in front of the great Byzantine church known as Basilica di San Marco. This Piazza is surrounded by shops, caffè’s and palazzi on three sides. According to local legend Napoleon called the Piazza San Marco “the drawing room of Europe.” More on Piazza San Marco

Melbourne artist, Brian Kewley, was born in 1933 about 100 metres from Hamptons bayside beach. He has lived, sailed, fished and painted there all his life. The subjects of his paintings include Elwood, Point Ormond, St. Kilda and Port Melbourne, for it is these locations that have inspired his art. Many are painted on the spot in an attempt to capture the light, movement and dazzle of the water. Other subjects, like Brighton Beach, have been painted from an aerial perspective. His subjects later extended to the Peninsula as far as Flinders and to the city of Melbourne. A veteran of more than 22 solo exhibitions since 1965, Brian Kewleys’ paintings evoke immense pleasure while they record the changes that Melbourne has undergone over past years.  More on Brian Kewley

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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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