Despite critical rating as a first-rate off-shoot of French Impressionism (Nigel Gosling Tate review in the London Observer 27 Jan 1963) many of us are unaware of this talented artist and his unique portrayal of the Australian landscape. Although he never travelled overseas, Trenerry was aware of artists whose influence can be seen in his painting, such as Whistler and Van Gogh, and Trenerry’s work is recognised for his use of textured brushstrokes and his ability to use colour to create atmosphere. He was familiar with the ideas of modernism, particularly through artist friends, especially Kathleen Sauerbier following her studies in London in the 1920s. On her return to Australia, Sauerbier was drawn to the Fleurieu Peninsula where she crossed paths with Trenerry, who regularly captured this beautiful landscape of both pastoral and coastal appeal. Another important influence was Hans Heysen and a close observation of the Adelaide Hills can be found in Trenerry’s artworks.
To take A Closer Look At… Horace Hurtle Trenerry – read here
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We welcome you to the Gallery to view the paintings, on show until 10 March 2023.