Painter & Photographer
Exhibition Dates: June 4-24, 2016
Opening Event: Saturday June 4
Original works and limited edition prints
Ernest Marcuse arrived in Australia 1 October 1939 as a refugee from Berlin Germany, where he had been a Commercial Artist and graphic illustrator. Whilst many refugees were placed in detention centres, due to his artistic talents he was allowed to pursue employment opportunities. Within just two weeks he was employed by “The Argus” Melbourne morning newspaper utilising his skills specialising in war themes and events.
He painted many iconic locations in the Melbourne area including the construction of The National Gallery of Victoria, The Westgate bridge and shipbuilding in the Williamstown and Fishermans Bend areas. As noted by Eric Westbrook founding director of the new gallery – “One of his great natural gifts is his patterns of movement of people engaged in manual work”.
The exhibition features a collection of original painting, drawings, photographs and limited edition prints. Prints are available for purchase through the gallery.