Kevin John Best  OAM

 

January 1932 - July 2012

 

Kevin Best was a well known Australian traditional artist whose celebrated style earned him acclaim worldwide. His underwater rock scenes, mountain backdrops and trademark ‘rays of light’ have elevated his bush landscapes into the realm of ‘romantic impressionism.’ Kevin’s seascapes encapsulate both the power and the tranquility of the Australian coast, often bathed in early morning or late afternoon tones and his sweeping snowscapes have fired the imagination of writers, poets and other artists alike.

 

Uniquely Australian, Kevin’s work explores the underlying stories set within every scene, from a stockmen chasing wild horses down a mountain gully to a fisherman idly watching a lone sea eagle, the foam fanning out before him. Whether they live beneath the brilliant midday light, the burnished, waning sunshine or the golden halo of the moon as it sails across inky night skies, Kevin’s subjects tell an endless Australian tale of beauty, adventure and reflection, holding an appreciative public within the artists gaze.

 

We trust you enjoy exploring the world through Kevin’s eyes.

 

Kevin Best presents

A Family Affair (set of 4)

Image size: 400 x 518 mm Paper size: 470 x 580 mm

"A Good Cast"  KB001-1

 

A neighbour rang to say the fish were biting down at the deep end.
The next morning three hopefuls set out with rod and reel and high expectations.
The young feller seemed to be a natural at casting and he landed the first fish,
not a big one but the first. Another golden memory.

 

 

"The Young Riders"  KB001-2

 

No trip to the country would be complete without a ride on a horse.
Grandfathers old long-retired friend was brought back into service to give the kids their first ride.
No matter how many horses they ride later in life, the first ride will always be the most memorable.

 

"Getting the Firewood"  KB001-3"

 

City kids become used to turning a knob or pressing a button for warmth or cooking.
What a novelty then, when wood for the fire was to be collected.
A ride on the tractor into the forest, the loading of the dead branches onto the trailer,
with everyone doing their bit, created a memorable experience which would remain with them,
for the rest of their lives.

 

 "Camping with Nanna and Pop"  KB001-4

 

Every young boy and girl has dreamed of camping out in the bush.
One of the highlights of this family's visit was a camping trip on the grandparents property.
Upon waking in the morning, dew on the grass, the warming light filtering down through the trees,
and the sound of running water, left them with beautiful memories.