George Russell Drysdale (1912-81) Australia

Biographical Information

Sir George Russell Drysdale was born in Bognor Regis, Sussex England in 1912.

He studied painting in Melbourne under George Bell and later in London and Paris.

From 1962-1972 he was appointed a member of the Commonwealth Art Advisory Board, Canberra and was a member of the Board of Trustees, Art Gallery of N.S.W. from 1963-1976.

His distinctive techniques were largely shaped by the influence of British wartime painters Sutherland and Paper. He later went on to express the same dramatic style in scenes of Australian outback, depicting the tragedy of drought conditions: the erosion, decay and bleached carcasses of animals. This development represented the beginning of a new era of Australian regional art and later included paintings of ghost towns and outback pubs and the elongated figures of outback characters for which he is so well known.

Throughout his career, his first love was drawing and his sketchbooks are the signposts pointing to the people, places and events that have given him his unique place in Australian art.

He was knighted in 1969.

Drysdale died in 1981.

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Market Information

Grandma's Sunday Walk, 1972
Highest Price:
Grandma's Sunday Walk, 1972
Oil on canvas, 75 x 126 cm
The Alan & Margaret Hickinbotham Collection (Art lots only), Mossgreen Auctions, Adelaide.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings222203A$2,976,000 A$508,970
Works on Paper732441A$128,100 A$9,902
Prints & Graphics9836A$7,200 A$1,096
Objects3613A$660 N/A

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

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