A Tribute to June Davies

28 July - 25 August 2002

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In 1962 June Davies founded the Leveson Street Gallery, North Melbourne, with artists Charles Bush and Phyl Waterhouse. The gallery was an important part of Melbourne's art scene for the next 23 years, closing in 1985. In 1989 the two artists died and June was responsible for dealing with the contents of their studios and works they had collected.

Over the past decade, recognising the quality of the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum's collection, its curatorial capacity and its public reputation, June has generously donated about 50 works to the Gallery.

This exhibition shows the works together as a tribute to June. They range widely in style and period, from William Buelow Gould in the 1840s to Brett Whitely in the 1960s. One thing they have in common is strong draughtmanship, an abiding passion of Charles Bush who was mainly responsible for bringing them together.

Whitely

Brett Whitely: Bath Series 1962/3

Bush

Charles Bush: Stormy Day - St Kilda Pier c.1946

Counihan

Noel Counihan: Two Life Studies 1954