A.H. Fullwood (1863-1930)
On the Road n.d.
oil on wood
26.5 x 42.2 cm
Gift of Howard Hinton 1935
Born 1863, Birmingham, England. Died 1930, Waverley, New South Wales.
On completing his art studies at the Birmingham Institute, Albert Henry (A.H.) Fullwood migrated to Australia in 1883. He worked as an illustrator for various publications and travelled extensively throughout Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand.
For a time he lived with friends Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts at their camp at Sirius Cove, Sydney, and he helped establish the Society of Artists with them in the mid 1890s. In 1900 Fullwood visited New York, London and France, showing his work in Academy and Salon exhibitions.
Shortly after the outbreak of World War I, Fullwood joined the Allied Arts Corps. From 1915 until late 1917 he served as a sergeant in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was posted to the No. 3 London Hospital along with Streeton and Roberts. Following his discharge, Fullwood travelled to France in 1918 as an official war artist, with the rank of honorary lieutenant, to paint scenes of the Western Front for the Australian War Memorial.
Fullwood worked in oil, watercolour and various printmaking techniques. Landscapes, views and bush scenes, both with and without figures, dominate his work. The influence of Julian Ashton and Tom Roberts can be seen in his dark-toned landscapes while his later works become richer in colour and Impressionistic in style.