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summer exhibition

Art Galleries / Tennis (1976-2004)

During the late 1970s Rosemary turned her attention to the movement of world-class tennis players – a logical progression.

Visits to Wimbledon with her sketchbook and camera inspired her to capture on canvas the extraordinary movement and balance of such tennis legends as Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Ilie Nastase and Virginia Wade.

This collection of 15 tennis paintings at 6’ x 5’ are vast - even larger than the cricket ones.

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Borg and linesman
Wimbledon 1976
4.5' x 6' (sold) sold
Nastase and linesman
Wimbledon 1976
5' x 6' (sold) sold
Rosie Casals
Wimbledon 1976
198 x 178 cm
Virginia Wade
Wimbledon 1977
202 x 158 cm
 
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Jimmy Connors I
Wimbledon 1977
221 x 154 cm
Jimmy Connors II
Wimbledon 1977
5' x 6' (sold) sold
Jimmy Connors III
Wimbledon 1977
5' x 6' (sold) sold
 
 
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Venus Williams and lineswoman
Australian Open 2003
182 x 211 cm
Serena Williams and John McEnroe Australian Open 2003
182 x 202 cm
   
 
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Lleyton Hewitt I
Australian Open 2004
184 x 186 cm
Lleyton Hewitt II
(& Photographer)
Australian Open 2004
186 x 187 cm
Lleyton Hewitt III
Australian Open 2004
170 x 216 cm
Lleyton Hewitt IV
Australian Open 2004
178 x 216
 
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Lleyton Hewitt V
Australian Open 2004
170 x 217 cm
Lleyton Hewitt VI
Australian Open 2004
170 x 216 cm
   
 

Undaunted by the fact that she could not travel to Australia for the Open tennis tournament in 2004, Rosemary set up her camera and tripod in front of the TV screen in West Cork to capture the Williams sisters in the 2003 play off, and Hewitt in 2004.

The resulting huge studies on expansive canvases once again capture the movement and power of impressive athletes in action, at a point of tension in the game.

There is a series of six striking and vigorous paintings of Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt in action (whom she painted upside down, so large was the canvas). And there are two large studies of the Williams sisters. These were her last paintings; she died in November 2004

Rosemary Taylor painting Tennis

 
 
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