The first group of photographs here (A01-06) shows some of the paintings that Les produced for an exhibition celebrating Captain Cook’s landing in Australia in 1770. The background scenes for his paintings are taken from the North East Yorkshire coast where Captain Cook was born, and include the village of Staithes, where he first saw the sea, and the ancient harbour of Whitby, where his ship Endeavour was built. Some of the paintings were produced on location and others from historic photographs. Les’ exhibition was presented in Brisbane, Australia to coincide with Expo 88, the Bicentenary Celebration of the European Settlement of Australia. The second group of photographs (B01-06) is concerned with the Celebration of a New Rail Link between Adelaide and Darwin in Australia. The first painting in this group was produced by Les to celebrate the occasion, and it includes the Darwin Symphony Orchestra which played a prominent part in the celebrations. The photographs that follow within this group are close-up photos of different parts of the original painting. During his time in Australia Les was in fact the ‘Artist in Residence’ for the Darwin Symphony Orchestra which presented concerts throughout the whole of the Northern Territory, and the final photographs here (C01-02) show his painting of The Darwin Symphony Orchestra - undertaken as an early commission. In all his paintings of the orchestra Les took great care to ensure that all the individuals included in the paintings were clearly recognisable. By using the tags within this gallery you may access the paintings related to each of the celebratory occasions separately. You will also find an introduction to each group of paintings in the ‘description’ to be found in the first painting within each group (A01, B01, C01).
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