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Adrian Feint (1894-1971)
Afternoon Collaroy 1940
oil on canvas
49.3 x 39.5 cm
Gift of Howard Hinton 1940

 

Born 1894, Narrandera, New South Wales. Died 1971, Sydney, New South Wales.

Adrian Feint was interested in drawing as a young man. After leaving school he enrolled at the Sydney Art School under Julian Ashton and Elioth Gruner in 1912. He enlisted in 1916 and served in World War I with the 15th Field Ambulance on the Western Front in 1917. In 1919 he was granted three months leave to study at the Académie Julien, Paris.

Following his discharge from the army in 1919, Feint returned to the Sydney Art School and worked extensively providing decorations and cover illustrations for magazines including Sydney Ure Smith’s Art in Australia (1928-40). He became highly recognised for his wood engravings and etchings, and his bookplates, in particular those produced for the Duke and Duchess of York, attracted local and international attention.

In later life Feint sought acceptance as an oil painter rather than a commercial artist, becoming a member of the Society of Artists in 1931 and receiving technical advice from Margaret Preston. He is known for his meticulous still life and flower pictures as well as local landscapes painted around Sydney.