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Brian Seidel, Autumn Pond and Tropical Pond

Brian Seidel, Tropical Pond & Autumn Pond

The Artist

A highly talented and accomplished artist, Brian Seidel was born on the 28th August 1928 in Adelaide. He took inspiration very early in his life when his mother took Brian to an exhibition of Modern French and British Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. The paintings of Andre Derain, Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse particularly intrigued Seidel and left an interest that lasted the rest of his life. During the same year, 1940, Seidel started high school and was fortunate to have Geoffrey Smart as an art teacher, who was both inspirational and encouraged Seidel to follow his passion for painting. Similarly at art school, Brian came under the wing of Sir Ivor Hele, an Archibald Prize winner (five times) and taught him portrait and figurative painting. Through both tutors, Seidel was introduced to the works of other important Australian artists including Hans Heysen, Russel Drysdale and Arthur Streeton.

From High School, Brian Seidel went onto study teaching and art at the South Australia School of Art and the University of Adelaide. During this time, Seidel exhibited at the Royal SA Society of Arts and SA Contemporary Arts Society and was awarded the University Art prize in 1948. Between 1948 and 1963,  Brian travelled and studied across the world. These included University of Iowa, USA and the Slade School of Art, London, 1963. Seidel became well known for his landscapes, interiors and figurative work. In an exhibition at the Chapman Gallery in 1989, the Canberra Times Art Critic, Sasha Grishin, commented that the exhibition was full of glowing gems. Up to 1992, Brian held about 25 solo exhibitions and saw his works included in almost all the major public art collections in Australia. Brian sadly passed away in 2019.

Autumn Pond by Brian Seidel Tropical Pond by Brian Seidel

The Works of Art

Brian Seidel's works of art are very colourful, vibrant and full of life. They reflect both Seidel's thorough grounding in landscapes, Australian art history and captures a clear sense of Australian nature. Seidel's use of colour seems to seep from the canvas into the consciousness of those that view his works. This seems to be an effect that can be seen in some of his other works owned by the University of Canberra. These simple line works of art capture the essence of movement.