Oil on canvas painting, 12" by 20", unframed, signed at lower right by the well known Australian impressionist, HAYWARD VEAL (1913-1968). This is a vigorously painted landscape in greens and browns, enlivened by bold Key Lime bright light green daubs at top. Veal's works appear frequently at auctions of Australian art, where they can bring to the $5,000 area and above. He is known for his highly impressionistic landscapes and still life, with portraiture rounding out his body of work. Some paintings are so impressionistic, such as this example, that one must stand back a ways to understand the composition. Veal accomplished much in a relatively short life. Born in the state of Victoria, Australia, he received art training from Max Meldrum. By age 24 he had already had his first solo exhibition, and he soon became a teacher himself, as well as, for many years, art critic and overall familiar persona on the Australian contemporary art stage. In 1951 he moved to London, where he evidently became quite comfortable, moving to Surrey and starting a family. Solo exhibitions followed in 1962 in New York, and then, Rome in 1965. Just when he had his first solo Australian exhibition, he passed on, in only his mid fifties. Veal's works are held in numerous museums in Australia and abroad.
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