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Salvana, John



Salvana, John






1871 - 1956


John Salvana studied at the Royal Art Society School, Sydney, 1897 and Frank Calderon’s Art School in London 1912 – 1913. He worked as an art decorator and graphic artist in Sydney and as a theatre artist and sign writer in Brisbane. He was Honourable secretary of the Queensland Art Society 1916 – 1918. A Fellow of the RAS of NSW, Vice President Australian Art Society Sydney 1944 – 1950 He is represented in the AGNSW, QAG, and the Regional Galleries of Armidale, Manly, Newcastle and Tamworth. Awards: Reeves Prize Sydney 1936, NRMA Prize Sydney 1947, Albury Prize 1949. Salvana had thought for some years about providing a collection of artworks as an educational resource and finally decided to act on his idea. His 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 learn from viewing original artworks at first hand. This generous gift marked the inception of an art gallery collection in Tamworth. Gifted in June 1919, the collection contains over 100 paintings and works on paper. This generous gift marked the gallery’s inception. He was born John Salvana Stevens son of Italian born miner John Baptiste Salvana and Elizabeth Stevens 22 September 1871 at Ironbark now known as Stuart Town in the Wellington region of NSW. His father was born at Piedmont Italy c 1837, he arrived in NSW in 1859. From Salvana’s own account of his life the family lived at Wellington and Mudgee and things were hard for the small family. Salvana Sr would have been mining gold. A rush started at Ironbark in the early 1870s the claims tended to be individually worked or by small groups. The settlement was named Ironbark after the trees in the area and is the Ironbark mentioned in Banjo Paterson's well-known poem 'The Man from Ironbark'.

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