Splashes of Colour

watercolours from the Downton Collection

until 11 April 2021

Painters have used various types of watercolour paints for centuries. However the genre of watercolour painting is said to have become popular with English artists from the late 1700s.

Artists have many decisions to make when  creating a watercolour – what type of paper to use (rough or smooth), the tools and methods they will use to apply the paint and whether they will employ a range of colours or only in tones of a single colour.

This display showcases works by various artists who tackle a range of subjects with different approaches in applying watercolour.

title image: Anzac Day at Bega. Ray Barnett, 1997.