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Hans Heysen, 1960 (cast 2004)

John Dowie

cast bronze (including base: 45.5 cm x 21.5 cm depth 26.0 cm)

Sir Hans Heysen (1877–1968), painter, arrived in Adelaide from his native Germany as a young boy. After some study at the Norwood Art School, he departed for Paris, where he studied under a number of teachers and at the Académie des Beaux Arts. His first exhibition was held at Melbourne's Guild Hall in 1908. His career grew steadily; Art in Australia ran a special Heysen number in 1920. After he settled on a 150 acre property near Hahndorf in the Adelaide hills he specialised in depictions of bush landscapes, concentrating hard on eucalypts, of which he is popularly regarded as the pre-eminent interpreter. From 1926 he made many charcoal drawings and paintings in the Flinders Ranges. He won the Wynne Prize for landscape nine times between 1904 and 1932, and served on the Board of the Art Gallery of South Australia for 28 years.

John Dowie AM studied at the South Australian School of Art during the 1920s. After serving in the Army, he joined the military history section of the Department of War Records, where he worked with fellow-sculptor Lyndon Dadswell. After further study in London and Florence Academy, he taught at the South Australian School of Art while also completing many portrait commissions. Adelaide boasts many of his public sculptures, and his work is represented inpublic galleries around Australia.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2004

Accession number: 2004.171

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John Dowie (age 45 in 1960)

Hans Heysen (age 83 in 1960)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.