Roy Frederick Leslie Dalgarno (1910-2001) Australia

Biographical Information

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1910, Roy Dalgarno attended National Gallery Art School from 1926 to 1930 where he met social realists Noel Counihan and Herbert McClintock and rubbed shoulders with Sydney Nolan and Russell Drysdale. He then attended the Academy of Art under Dattilo Rubbo from 1930 to 1932. During the Second World War he was part of the camouflage unit; men enlisted to disguise airfields from the Japanese, a posting that allowed him to take his sketch books to places in Northern Territory rarely visited by white Australians. He co-founded the Studio of Realist Art (SORA) in Sydney in 1946. From 1947 to 1949 he worked as lecturer at the East Sydney Technical College, then travelled to study in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts from 1951 and 1953. From there moving to India, where he lived for nearly 20 years, while working for the advertising agency Lintas. He also co-founded Editions Anarkali, publisher of fine arts in Bombay and was employed as a visiting lecturer in lithography at the School of Fine Arts. In 1975 he moved to Auckland, New Zealand, where he worked as a lecturer in drawing and composition at the Auckland Society of Arts and continued painting well into his 70's, he described the discipline of drawing and painting as 'sheer pleasure.'

Dalgarno has been described as a socialist Bohemian realist painter. Perhaps sparked by his experience of the Depression, he rarely strayed from his subject matter, ordinary people at work or play, wharves and ships, the factory floor, down the mines and the heat of the furnace room, toiling, grafting, showing his subjects with dignity and strength Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Pont Charles, Prague 1949-52
Highest Price:
Pont Charles, Prague 1949-52
Oil on board, 51 x 77 cm
The Sydney Auction, Deutscher~Menzies, Sydney.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings3113A$5,040 A$669
Works on Paper2613A$543 A$395
Prints & Graphics4727A$1,506 A$186

* Calculated on sales over the last three years, where there are a sufficient number of sales over that period.

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