Sydney Long (1871-1955)
Oatley Bay, Georges River 1924
oil on canvas
73.5 x 58 cm
Gift of Howard Hinton 1945
Born 1871, Goulburn, New South Wales. Died 1955, London, England.
Sydney Long is best known for his evocative art nouveau-inspired scenes of the Australian landscape. While his early work shows influence of the Heidelberg school of Australian Impressionists, he developed a personal style that brought a dream-like sensation and emotion to the canvas.
Long’s later landscapes, like Oatley Bay, Georges River from 1924, show less symbolist intensity and focus more on atmosphere, colour and light.
Long moved to Sydney in the early 1890s and studied at the Art Society of New South Wales before joining the Society of Artists with Julian Ashton, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and others. He travelled to London in 1910 where he studied etching and engraving, and exhibited intermittently at the Royal Accademy.
Long returned to Australia in 1921 but travelled back to London after eighteen months in a pattern he would follow for the rest of his life, finally returning to England in 1952 when his health failed. He held many successful exhibitions in Sydney and became a president of the NSW Society of Artists and a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW. He was awarded the Wynne Prize in 1938 and 1940.