REX NEWELL (Listed Australian 1939-2016). Gully Pub, 1987, 18" x 24" oil on board (framed size: 26" x 31-1/2") signed/dated lower left. Condition:“Some frame nicks, some dust on the liner”
Rex Newell was born in Fredericktwon NSW 1939 and lived in Terrigal NSW. He completed a commercial art and sign-writing course in Sydney but soon went back to the country and started painting genre subjects at his Mudgeee studio.
Rex Newell is one of Australia's best-known and best-loved artists. His depictions of rural towns and significant buildings in heartland Australia are legendary. They have earned him the admiration of such collectors as HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Prince's private collection includes at least one of Rex Newell's paintings.
The artist is a master of infusing light and life into what he paints. The results are classic - the significant architecture of a town is enlivened by a boy and his dog, or a group of youngsters honing their cricket skills. Rex Newell has been responsible for several significant series of paintings, including: Illustrations for the book "The Favourite Poems of Henry Lawson".
The book "Famous Australian Pubs", featuring Newell's famous pub scenes, is an icon of Australian memorabilia.
He is now well known for his series of historic buildings and pubs around Australia.