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Visitors to Benalla Art Gallery have the opportunity to see a fine classical painter at work until 2 July as Jeff Woodger paints a study of Eugene von Guerard's 1885 work, The falls of the Velino near Terni.

Since completing his PhD at the University of Ballarat in 2006, Mr Woodger has painted in many major galleries in Victoria including the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Warrnambool Art Gallery and Castlemaine Art Gallery, and internationally at The National Gallery, London, the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC and the National Gallery of Canada.

“Mr Woodger is a passionate modern day romantic landscape painter who paints studies of existing landscape paintings in the classical style,” said Benalla Art Gallery Director Bryony Nainby.

“This is an opportunity for Gallery visitors to see Mr Woodger in action and to speak to him about his work, and we are privileged to be hosting him as he paints a study from an artwork from our collection,” Ms Nainby said.

In the early 1990s, whilst undertaking his Masters studies in Fine Art, Mr Woodger started to paint classical and romantic landscapes in the style of 19th century French artists, inspired by specific works selected from Bendigo Art Gallery's collection. There he painted his first in-situ work on masonite inspired by a painting by the French artist Théodore Rousseau.

“The experience of working from paintings in museums is one which has held great appeal for Mr Woodger, who at a young age during a trip to Spain, was inspired by the experience of witnessing an artist copying an El Greco painting in the El Greco Museum, Toledo,” Ms Nainby said.
 
Image: Jeff Woodger at the Gallery
 
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