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John Salvana - Self Portrait

JOHN SALVANA - SELF PORTRAIT

Accession ID:

1961.180

Name:

John Salvana - Self Portrait

Category:

Item

Type:

ArtWork

Maker:

John Salvana

Date:

1912

Description

This self portrait in pastel captures John Salvana’s attention to detail and superb use of light. Salvana was a highly skilled artist, as commented on by his fellow Art Society artists. His ability in particular to capture an atmosphere or create a mood through the use of light was exemplary. John (also known as ‘Jack’) Salvana was born in Ironbark, NSW, in 1871, and studied at the Royal Art Society School in Sydney and in London. He is best known for his impressionistic landscapes, usually of the NSW coastal area. Salvana was awarded many art prizes, and his work is represented in several state and regional collections. John Salvana’s dream was to provide a rural centre with an art gallery, so that young children and those with an interest in art might be encouraged to study it, and to learn from viewing original artworks at first hand. Tamworth Regional Gallery was formed from this inspiration. Salvana died in 1956.


History

John Salvana Collection, Tamworth Regional Gallery.


Significance

Provenance: Gift of John Salvana. Signed and dated: L.R.C. - J. Salvana, 1912.


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