Reviews | Critic says brush mightier than the pen

The Advertiser, Adelaide, May 30, 1984

Artists and regular readers of The Advertiser art critic Neville Weston have the opportunity to evaluate his work at an exhibition at Greenhill Galleries.

A painter for nearly 30 years, Weston admits that in recent years he has been more busy with a pen than a brush, writing also for several art publications.

But a brief visit to Italy late last year “reaffirmed the absolute primacy of painting for me,” he said.

One of the first things to be noticed by a European artist stepping off a plane in Australia is the different light, which has been a problem to Weston during his several years here.

Seeing the light and atmospheric effects of Italy has enabled him to clearly see the differences. This exhibition is from his Italian sketchbooks, but the next will no doubt be pure Australia.

Weston has been reported as saying that he thinks it a pity the landscape and the immediately communicable subject matter are abandoned by the serious artist and left to the Sunday painters and amateurs.

His 38 works on show (34 from Italy, including two watercolors) are a testimony to the discipline of looking and seeing. As a person with a camera should not simply point anywhere and click, Weston has shown how dramatic and effective the subject can be by simply moving his lens.

With subtle use of color, light and shade he has also caught the spirit of Italy. These are sensitive, gentle and charming slices of city and rural life.

Four unusual views of the East End Markets make up the balance of his exhibition.

Bruce Hogben

© 2014 Neville Weston