Brian Kewley has been painting for more than fifty years. He started painting at eighteen, when he was a first year law student at Melbourne University. From the first time he took a sketchbook and some watercolours to the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne, there was no doubt in his mind that he would be a painter. Since then, he has painted continuously, combining his life as an artist with a successful legal career.
Brian Kewley paints vigorous oils, gouaches and enamels, and is well known for his colourful paintings, mainly landscapes and seascapes, some from an aerial perspective. He has travelled extensively throughout Australia and overseas, painting and sketching in each place.
The painting shown here is ‘Low tide, Sandringham’ (Oil on canvas)
His website displays only a small selection of his works. Those works are divided into five categories on the website – PORT PHILLIP AND WESTERNPORT , INLAND AUSTRALIA , AUSTRALIAN COAST , OVERSEAS, and ABSTRACTS .
PORT PHILLIP AND WESTERNPORT BAYS which, together with Bass Strait create the beautiful Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne, have provided a wealth of painting material, and a book entitled ‘Bays and Beaches’ (Macmillan, 2007) reproduces more than 100 works of the favourite places Brian Kewley has painted around the bays over the years. ‘In all these bays and beaches paintings, I tried to capture the light, the movement and the dazzle.’
INLAND AUSTRALIA shows such places as the Kimberley, the Pilbara, Coopers Creek, Kakadu and Lake Mungo.
The AUSTRALIAN COAST paintings stretch from Cooktown in far north Queensland to Mandalay Beach in southern Western Australia, as well as Mallacoota in eastern Victoria and Flinders Island in Tasmania.
The OVERSEAS works provide a wide variety of places around the world, for example, Namibia and Libya in Africa, Santorini and Malta in the Mediterranean, Mt Cook in New Zealand and the Heavenly Lake in China.
The ABSTRACTS allow for freedom of expression and a balancing of colours and shapes.
Brian Kewley has had 28 solo exhibitions in Australia, mostly in Melbourne, but also in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra. In December 2006, his paintings of Malta and Gozo were exhibited at the Palazzo Parisio in Valletta. He is represented in the National Gallery of Victoria and the State Gallery of Queensland, and in the Reserve Bank of Australia collection, Artbank, and many corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas, and he has won a number of awards.