Henry's editor, Pete Jonson, has recently decisively wound back his corporate involvement. He is now fulfilling the promise he made to himself as a young part-time landscape painter that he would, later in life, spend more time painting. This time has arrived; and Pete has been painting seriously for several years now, gradually devoting more and more time to this most pleasurable activity.
Pete recently opened his first exhibition, an eight week solo showing at Whitehill Gallery & Sapori Di Casa Restaurant, a small slice of Tuscany on the Mornington Peninsula.
The exhibition has just been extended until September 4. Henry urges Pete's friends to go along, have a great Italian meal and buy a painting. They are of high quality and priced to sell. Each painting comes with a conversation with Pete about his views on global economic prospects in the puzzling (to many) age of deflation and what should be the policy of Australia's government after the current election.
The address is Whitehill Road, (near the corner of Old Whitehill Road), Dromana, Mornington Peninsula. This is about 1 hour and 10 minutes by car from most parts of Melbourne, using the M1 and M3 and then the M11 (new Peninsula Link freeway).
The Gallery is open each Friday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm. And the Restaurant is open each Friday to Sunday for lunch (phone 03 5931 0146 to book, if you would like to enjoy the paintings with home-made Italian food and superb local and Italian wines). The exhibition will close on September 4.
Pete Jonson: Perspectives features Pete's landscape paintings from 1988 to 2014. His goal was to capture on canvas both the physical reality and the soul of each vista.
In Henry's impartial opinion, viewers of the works will see that Pete has achieved both; with inspiration, subtlety, technical ability and, above all, a deep love of our natural environment.
Below is an example, The Spirit of the Rock (Uluru) (2013):
The Spirit of the Rock (Uluru)
Oil on Canvas
4' x 3'.
SOLD in week 1 of the Exhibition
This is the first time the paintings have been publicly shown; and each is very modestly priced (from $1,000 to $3,000 with one especial favourite of the artist at $4,750).
Enjoy! And please pass on to your friends if you are moved to do so.
Pete's new Econart images may be viewed here and will be offered For Sale at a later exhibition.