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98th Twenty Melbourne Painters Society's Annual Exhibition

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Morning Yachts off Williamstown Melbourne, Oil 50 x 75cm – Peter Smales

Established in 1918 - The tradition continues ...

Twenty Melbourne Painters Society is proudly presenting its 98th annual exhibition from the 12th to 31st July at Glen Eira City Council Art Gallery.

This exciting event celebrates a highly accomplished group of practitioners, which is strictly limited to just 20 individuals. Founded in 1918, Twenty Melbourne Painters Society were a group of prominent radical like-minded painters, who were dissatisfied with the establishment and decided to break away from their contemporaries, forming an independent group and capturing the attention of the media at the time.

Drying the Sails, Chioggia, Italy, WC, 35 x 53cm Joseph Zbukvic

Now 98 years on, the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society enjoys the distinction of being one of the oldest arts organisations in Australia or elsewhere; exhibiting annually in Melbourne since 1919, and remaining true to their strong commitment to the traditions of realist and impressionist painting. Membership is by invitation.

The commitment of the membership is the strength on which today's Society has been built and has flourished for 98 years. Today's society members continue to honour the foresight of their illustrious founders; still promoting scholarly application to depictive, representational painting, with particular respect for the visual effects of natural appearances.

Low Tide, Sydney, WC 31 x 48cm - Greg Allen

Acknowledging a debt to Max Meldrum's school of tonal realism, TMPS founding secretary A.M.E. Bale stated "We desire nothing but sincerity and a humble study of nature, from which alone all art, whether decorative or realistic, draws any enduring life."

Today that raison d'ętre holds true. The TMPS continues as an exhibiting body of professional artists, each of whom takes pride in honouring the society's ethos, its unique spirit, and the privilege in sharing the standards set by past members many being names now legendary in the history of Australian art.

Rush Hour, Pastel, 55 x 75cm Maxwell Wilks

The current TMPS members bring exemplary standards to their painting, teaching and judging responsibilities. They encourage fellowship amongst painters in the community and aim to promote and consolidate the standards of traditional art in Australia.

The Society also maintains a dedicated commitment to the A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship – Australia's premier award for traditional painting.

Young and Jacksons, Oil, 55 75cm Herman Pekel $3800.00

The 98th Twenty Melbourne Painters Society's Annual Exhibition is FREE to attend.

The Opening night will be held on Tuesday 12th July, Doors open 6.00pm. It will then be open daily from 10am – 5pm, Wednesday 13th to Sunday 31st July 2016.

98th Annual Exhibition 2016 - Art Talks Gallery Open Daily: 10am – 5pm 13 - 31 July, 2016

1st Week

Friday 15 July Margaret Cowling and Angela Abbott 11am

Friday 15 July Paul McDonald Smith 2pm

Saturday 16 July Amanda Hyatt 2pm

Sunday 17 July Clive Sinclair 11am

2nd Week

Friday 22 July Stephen Doyle 2pm

Saturday 23 July Herman Pekel 11am

Saturday 23 July Clive Sinclair 2pm

Sunday 24 July Peter Smales 2pm

3rd Week

Wednesday 27 July Bill Caldwell 2pm

Friday 29 July David K Taylor 11am

Friday 29 July Maxwell Wilks 2pm

Saturday 30 July Julian Bruere 2pm

Sunday 31 July Greg Allen 11am

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When: Exhibition Opening Night: Tuesday 12 July, Doors open 6.00pm

Open Daily 10am – 5pm Wednesday 13th – 31st July

Where: Glen Eira City Council Art Gallery
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The paintings look amazing and the tradition is priceless.
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