“History of Hydro” Mural

Max Angus - “History of Hydro” Mural -Tarraleah

Max Angus (1914 – 2016) was a accomplished Tasmanian artist who fully embraced the life and landscape of Tasmania.
It was for this and his technical ability that Max Angus was Commissioned in the mid 1950’s by the Hydro Electric Commission to paint a “History of the Hydro”. The ensuing work was a monumental series of 20 panels, installed in the Great Hall at Tarraleah village* in the Tasmanian highlands.
The works have remained there ever since until recently this year when repurposing of the hall has dictated that they be removed.
These 20 panels 275cm ( H) x 122cm (W) fit together as 2 large murals of c.12.2 meters each.

During his experimentation for the Hydro commission, the artist found a solution for large scale works that had suitable protection and resilience. He used a base of building board coated with PVC paint. He applied eight layers of white paint and drew the murals on this ground using charcoal, carbon pencil and coloured pastels. For protection, the whole surface was sprayed with a clear cellulose lacquer, the medium used in the manufacture of cards of the earlier part of the 20th century, often referred to as ‘Duco’. This clear lacquer dried almost immediately, allowing him to continue working on the panels without long delay. Max Angus was also known for other later mural works including a commission of a series of 7 works for The Gaslight Restaurant in Hobart in 1969, depicting the colonial period in Tasmania’s history, from the arrival of European settlers to the advent of gas-lit street lamps on Tasmanian streets. The Gaslight Restaurant no longer exists however, like the Hydro murals, Max Angus designed these panels to be fitted into a removable frame. In 2003 the Gaslight Murals were acquired by the permanent collection of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery The “History of Hydro” panels were similarly fitted into a frame hung against the hall wall, which has allowed them today to be safely removed.
This unique Magnum Opus by Max Angus is an important historical work reflecting both the industrial and the social history of Tasmania.
The 2014 100 Years of Hydro Celebrations included TSO Concerts in the Great Hall with backdrop provided by the Max Angus murals on each side.

Tribute to Max Angus 102

Max Angus
1. (Visit to Lake Pedder by Light Plane) 2016
Watercolour on paper
Signed and dated 13.10.2016
157 x 85 cm
$4,800

SOLD

Max Angus
2. (Morning Mist Lake Pedder) 2016
Watercolour on paper
157 x 85 cm
$4,200

SOLD

Max Angus
3. (At Lake Dobson National Park) 2016
Watercolour on paper
Signed and dated
96 x 79 cm
$4,200

SOLD

Max Angus
4. (Seagulls, Rolling Sea) 2016
Watercolour on paper
61 x 86 cm
$1,850

SOLD

Max Angus
5. (Marion Bay) 2016
Watercolour on paper
61 x 86 cm
$1,850

SOLD

Max Angus
6. (Yachts Racing on the Derwent) 2016
Watercolour on paper
61 x 86 cm
$1,850

SOLD

Max Angus
7. (Yachts Sailing at Marion Bay) 2016
Watercolour on paper
61 x 86 cm
$1,850

SOLD

Max Angus
8. (North Marion Bay) 2016
Watercolour on paper
61 x 86 cm
$1,850

SOLD

Max Angus
(Nude Study c. 1940)
Pen Drawing
24 x 20cm

SOLD

Tim Burns
West Cloudy Head 2016
oil on linen
51 x 51cm
$3,500
Represented by Bett Gallery
Jonathan Barnard
Weld Valley 2016
Oil on Canvas
91 x 122cm
$5,000
Julia Castiglioni Bradshaw
Huon Valley
Watercolour, ink & oil pastel on paper
59 x 42cm
$650
Patricia Giles
Lake St Clair
Watercolour
$1,250
Paul Gundry
Sanctuary 2016
oil on linen
41 x 61cm
$1,800
Leanne Halls 2016
Marion Bay - Ode to Max Angus
Oils on Linen
45 x 30cm
$1,100
David Keeling
Summer Track 2016
oil on wood
60 x 60cm
$6,600
Represented by Bett Gallery

SOLD

Eloise Kirk 2016
Black Smoker, Collage, Acrylic, Powder Coated Alluminuim on Craftwood
90 x 50cm
$3,200
Stephen Lees
Somewhere Nowhere
Oil on board
61 x 61cm
$5,600
Michael McWilliams
Another Wet Sunday
acrylic on kauri pine
22 x 30.5cm
$2,350
Represented by Handmark Gallery

SOLD

Jerzy Michalski
The Lake - Sketch 2016
oil on paper
19 x 20cm
$950
Jerzy Michalski
Windgrove - sketch
oil on paper
20 x 20cm
$950

SOLD

Roger Murphy 2016
Egret Brown's River
89cm x 124cm (framed)
$2,750
Ian Parry
Water, Air, Bullbay
Oil on linen
136 x 92cm
$7,200
Chen Ping
Figure Study 3 2016
69 x 120cm
$4,500
Tom Samek
Brushes with Pencils
Huon pine, myrtle burl, walnut, found objects
51 x 41cm
$3,500

SOLD

Paul Snell
Drift # 201601
Lambda Print to face-mounted 3mm Plexiglas
85 x 85cm
Edition of 1 + 2 A/P
$4,300
Luke Wagner
A Different Landscape, Lake Pedder 1972
2016
oil and wax on linen
122 x 183cm
$8,000

SOLD

Philip Wolfhagen
Banksia Man: a homage to Max from P.W. 2016
oil on board
34 x 27.5cm
$3,800
Represented by Bett Gallery

SOLD