Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Award-winning Australian artists Bob Smith and Glenn Whitbread are first cousins who lost touch over 40 years ago, when Bob left school at the age of 15 to take a job in a commercial art studio - cleaning brushes and changing the water jars - whilst studying fine art part-time at the National Art School in East Sydney.

A few years later Bob moved to North Queensland in search of paradise. And, whilst he was gone, Bulli-born-and-bred Glenn Whitbread married and moved his young family to Coolamon in South-Western NSW.

As time went by, children and grand-children came along, parents, aunts and uncles died and a series of house moves for Bob further blurred their connection until Bob and Glenn, quite literally, disappeared from one anothers lives.

Imagine, then, the shock - when 40-something years later - they found themselves sitting on the same page of a Sydney Art Gallery website; after both - unbeknownst to one another - approached Gallery V seeking representation for their artwork in the Sydney market.

Many phone calls and 18 months later, whilst yet to lay eyes on one another, the exquisite pastels and oils of Bob Smith and the bold abstract-expressionist paintings of Glenn Whitbread are coming together in a unique 2-Man Art Show at Gallery V in Woolloomoolloo, aptly titled 'Brothers In Art'.

More About Bob Smith

Born in Sydney in 1942, Bob grew up in post-war suburban Summer Hill.

Having moved North in 1972, Bob eventually settled and starting a family in tropical Cooktown in the mid-seventies - where the remarkable landscapes of Cape York inspired him to resume painting. This passion has continued unabated for almost forty years and currently finds inspiration in Tasmania's rugged, wind-swept landscapes and seascapes - Bob's home since 2005.

Over the course of his career, Bob's work has featured in over twenty group and solo exhibitions and has won awards and critical acclaim at regional Art Prizes in Queensland, Tasmania and NSW, including:
- The Heritage Prize at the Pine Rivers Art Awards in Queensland (1998)
- The Cradle Coast Pastel Award in Tasmania (2007)
- Finalist in the Mortimer Prize in Dubbo, NSW (2008 and 2009)

Bob currently lives in South Launceston. He has two adult daughters and two grandsons. He continues to paint, sketch and draw on a daily basis and travels regularly to far-flung corners of Australia to explore and record the vast open expanses of the outback in pastesl, oil, pen and ink.
More About Glenn Whitbread

Born in Bulli, NSW, Glenn lived in the Illawarra area for thirty two years before moving his young family to Coolamon in South-western NSW; where he studied art at the Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education under the stewardship of Donald Laycock – who had a formative influence on his artistic career.

In 1987 Glenn was awarded a study scholarship from the Art Gallery of NSW and was booked for his first solo exhibition by The Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney, in 1990.

Today, Glenn’s paintings hang in numerous corporate, institutional and private collections. He is listed in Max Germaine’s  encyclopaedia ‘Artist’s and Galleries of Australia’ and also appears in 'A Buyers Guide to Australian Art’ by Graham Ryles.

A landscape painter with a natural sense for colour, Glenn paints without hesitation using direct and lively brush-strokes.  His paintings retain a surface that holds the visual record of the artist’s bold intent. 

Glenn and his wife Judy live in Coolamon in South West NSW. They have two adult children and (as of six weeks ago), one grandchild. Glenn paints in intense bursts - often painting the same scene from different angles, in different seasons or at different times of day, to highlight the interplay of perspective and light.
Exhibition opens October 3, 2013

'Brothers In Art' is on display at Gallery V, 41 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo; from October 3 - 23, 2013. Monday – Friday: 9.30 am – 5.30pm. Saturday: 12.00pm - 3.00pm.

For further information please contact  Geoff Hirsh, Gallery Director.
P: (02) 9360 2015
M: 0411 68 11 22
E: [email protected]

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Gallery V

Gallery V represents and promotes a wide variety of fine art by award-winning and emerging Australian artists via their website and Woolloomooloo Gallery.
Geoff Hirsh
P: +612 9360 2015
M: 0411 68 11 22


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