LONG, Sydney

Born at Goulburn, N.S.W. in 1871, he studied under Julian Ashton at the Art Society of New South Wales from 1892 to 1896.

He was elected President of the N.S.W. Society of Artists from 1899 to 1901. In 1910, he moved to London where he further studied under Malcolm Osborne and from 1913 he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and began to develop his etching.

On his return to Sydney in 1925 he became a leading figure in the Australian art world and was awarded the Wynne Prize in 1938 and 1940. He is represented in all the state collections of Australia, many regional galleries and private collections. Sydney Long died in London in 1955.

Art Nouveau in style, Long sought to capture the lonely and primitive feeling of Australia and the communion between humankind and the natural and mythological world.

“To create a genuine Australian mythology, expressed in images, not words.”

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