The painting is of “Grammar” from Victoria Park Road in 1990 by Painter and teacher, Graeme Inson measuring H37 x W44cm.
The Bribane Grammar School started its life when the Grammar Schools’ Act, passed by the new Queensland Government in 1860, provided for the establishment of secondary education in this state. By 1868, enthusiastic public subscribers had raised enough money to enable the establishment of our School, Brisbane’s first Grammar School and the first independent boys school. In that same year, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, laid the foundation stone at the School’s original site in Roma Street.
The doors of the new school opened in February 1869 with ninety-four students and four masters under the leadership of Headmaster Thomas Harlin. In 1881, the School was moved to its present site and the magnificent neo-gothic style Great Hall and classrooms were opened that year. With the opening of the Boarding House in 1886, the School became one of the first to provide unified boarding facilities on site. ‘State-of-the-art’ science laboratories were constructed in 1912
He was born in Cootamundra, NSW, and educated at Canberra Grammar School, leaving in 1941 with high marks in art and history. Interested in Max Meldrum’s tonal painting theories, he moved to Melbourne and joined his school in 1942. He became an assistant teacher, running the classes when Meldrum was away. For 10 years he lived in the Meldrum home, where he was treated like a son. When Meldrum died, Inson moved to Sydney and opened a studio in Rowe Street in 1954. He held his first solo exhibition that year. One of his first students was Ivy Shore, winner of the Portia Geach art award and his life partner.
For 25 years Inson divided his time between teaching and travelling around Australia, painting and photographing city and rural scenes, portraits and still life and writing Australian history: The Restless Years and The Glorious Years (both Jacaranda Press). In 1980 he began painting foreign landscapes, interspersing his Australian trips with visits to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He had 60 solo exhibitions in his lifetime, mainly in Brisbane and Sydney but also in Canberra and Adelaide. He was a frequent contributor to the Archibald, a finalist on several occasions in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize and winner of the Troy Roche Prize. Ivy died in 1999 and Inson died of a massive heart attack early in 2000, aged 77, having taken a class the day before his death.
Amongst his awards are the Sir Charles LLoyd Jones Memorial Potrait Prize, The Rothman Prize for Still life and the Rural Bank Prize for Landscape.
Since 1955 has exhibited Solo in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. First Brisbane Show in 1956 and has been a constant visitor north ever since, with annual exhibiltions at The Verlie Just Town Gallery since 1974.
Inson is represented in Australian National Gallery, Australian national Library Collection, State Gallery of NSW, Queenslan and Tasmania, Art Gallery Rockhampton, Commonwealth Artbank. Universities, Company and private Collections throughout Australia and overseas.