The Colour of Water - Philip Gray & Ray Rattenbury

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This rare survey showcases the skill of two established senior artists, exhibiting together for the first time. Philip Gray and Ray Rattenbury both live in Sunbury and share a love for one of art’s more challenging mediums – watercolour.

Through sweeping seascapes, rustic bush scenery and emotionally charged historic narratives, each artist displays fully realised creative mastery and individual vision.

Ray Rattenbury

A Sunbury resident for almost 40 years, Ray has had an extensive and successful career in graphic design for well over 30 years. He has worked in both private industry as well as state and local governments. During his professional career he has received recognition for his involvement in the design of many promotional productions including brochures, newsletters, annual reports and corporate logos. He has received accolades for his design work including awards at the Australasian Annual Reporting Awards where he received Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.

Whilst always having an ability to draw, Ray took up a serious interest in painting, particularly with watercolour, when he joined the Sunbury Art Society in 2010 and remained a member until 2018. During his time as a member of the Art Society, Ray was a member of the Committee, including the position of Vice President. He has been teaching art classes across Hume and the Macedon Ranges, for both adults and children since 2012. Ray has taught classes in watercolour, drawing, pastel and acrylics at various venues including Sunbury (Art House Direct), Craigieburn (Community & Education Centre Inc.), Gisborne (Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre), Riddells Creek (Neighbourhood House), and Woodend (Neighbourhood House).

Ray’s paintings, covering a diverse range of styles, have been added to overseas collections in Canada, England, Ireland and New Zealand. During the past ten years at art shows throughout Victoria, he has consistently sold and received awards.

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Philip Gray

As a teenager Philip attended art school for a three-year full-time course to be trained as an illustrator and subsequently took up a career in various roles illustrating for magazines, books, instruction manuals and commercial art projects. Now semi-retired, he likes to immerse himself in the world of imaginative and creative illustrating and painting, chiefly with watercolour andoils.

Philip has a longstanding exhibition career –having heldmajor showsin Melbourne, N.S.W. and regional Victoria. His maritime works are collected extensively both here and overseas. A professional highlight was his exhibition PELAGIC, where 33 of the 42 artworks displayed were sold. On the back of this success, Philip was invited to attend an evening at the Melbourne Club where 12 maritime workswere hung to compliment a lecture series on the early history of Australia’s settlers arriving by sea. The lectures were given by historian Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Blainey. Philip was given another accolade for alarge oil artwork of the Confederate warship SHENANDOAH which came to Melbourne during the American civil war; Sam Craghead from the Museum of the Confederacy in Virginia deemed the piece to be the “most accurate depiction”he’d encountered. Philip’s later works are widely publicised in reference, biographical and historical books–as well as in arange of limited edition prints and even a television series (Neil Oliver's television series COAST.) Several of his works areheld in the Pictures Collection of the State Library of Victoria, formerly the Latrobe Collection. Many others are reproduced in books relating to Australia's maritime history–such as theWilke Literary Award winning book by Andrew Lemon and Marjorie Morgan, CATARAQUI. 

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Updated : 2:28 PM, 5 May 2020

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