Fine Art - Ralph Malcolm Warner: Discover Australia with Shell Series

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Sale 8943A
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Sale 8943A - Lot 5001 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - A Coral Fantasia, c1959 gouache

Lot 5001,   [clock31622790]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - A Coral Fantasia, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Sale 8943A - Lot 5002 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - The Shells of New South Wales, c1959 gouache

Lot 5002,   [clock31622791]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - The Shells of New South Wales, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Sale 8943A - Lot 5003 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - The Shells of Queensland, c1959 gouache

Lot 5003,   [clock31622792]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - The Shells of Queensland, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Sale 8943A - Lot 5004 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - The Shells of South Australia, c1959 gouache

Lot 5004,   [clock31622793]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - The Shells of South Australia, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Sale 8943A - Lot 5005 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - The Shells of Tasmania, c1959 gouache

Lot 5005,   [clock31622794]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - The Shells of Tasmania, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Sale 8943A - Lot 5006 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - The Shells of Victoria, c1959 gouache

Lot 5006,   [clock31622795]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - The Shells of Victoria, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Sale 8943A - Lot 5007 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - The Shells of Western Australia, c1959 gouache

Lot 5007,   [clock31622796]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - The Shells of Western Australia, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Sale 8943A - Lot 5008 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Lamington - Guardian of the Gold Coast, c1959 gouache

Lot 5008,   [clock31622797]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Lamington - Guardian of the Gold Coast, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Current Top Bid : $800 reserve not met - Sign in

Sale 8943A - Lot 5009 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Northern Rivers - The Lush Land, c1959 gouache

Lot 5009,   [clock31622798]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Northern Rivers - The Lush Land, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Sale 8943A - Lot 5010 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Queensland - Australia's Tropical Paradise, c1959 gouache

Lot 5010,   [clock31622800]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Queensland - Australia's Tropical Paradise, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Sale 8943A - Lot 5011 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - South Australia - Land of Contrast, c1959 gouache

Lot 5011,   [clock31622801]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - South Australia - Land of Contrast, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Sale 8943A - Lot 5012 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Tasmania - The Verdant Island State, c1959 gouache

Lot 5012,   [clock31622804]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Tasmania - The Verdant Island State, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Current Top Bid : $300 reserve not met - Sign in

Sale 8943A - Lot 5013 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Victorian Alps - The Winter Playground, c1959 gouache

Lot 5013,   [clock31622805]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Victorian Alps - The Winter Playground, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Sale 8943A - Lot 5014 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Victorian Coast - The Mainland's Southern Ramparts, c1959 gouache

Lot 5014,   [clock31622806]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Victorian Coast - The Mainland's Southern Ramparts, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Current Top Bid : $1200 has been bid - Sign in

Sale 8943A - Lot 5015 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Birds of Tasmania, c1959 gouache

Lot 5015,   [clock31622807]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Birds of Tasmania, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Current Top Bid : $400 reserve not met - Sign in

Sale 8943A - Lot 5016 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Birds of Western Australia, c1959 gouache

Lot 5016,   [clock31622808]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Birds of Western Australia, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Sale 8943A - Lot 5017 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Birds of Northern Territory, c1959 gouache

Lot 5017,   [clock31622823]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Birds of Northern Territory, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Sale 8943A - Lot 5018 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Swamp Birds of Australia, c1959 gouache

Lot 5018,   [clock31622825]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Swamp Birds of Australia, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Sale 8943A - Lot 5019 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Birds of Queensland, c1959 gouache

Lot 5019,   [clock31622841]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Birds of Queensland, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Current Top Bid : $100 reserve not met - Sign in

Sale 8943A - Lot 5020 - Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Birds of Australia, c1959 gouache

Lot 5020,   [clock31622842]

Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902 - 1966) - Birds of Australia, c1959 gouache

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Current Top Bid : $5 reserve not met - Sign in

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Born in Geelong, Victoria in 1902, Ralph Malcolm Warner studied commercial art at Geelong, Melbourne and Sydney Technical schools. He began his career in 1926, working as an advertising artist and illustrator, but also produced watercolours and etchings, which he exhibited at commercial galleries in Melbourne. As a watercolourist, Warner was self-taught and developed a firm, controlled style.

In 1941, Warner enlisted for military service and worked for the Australian Army's Southern Command as a camoufleur. During 1942, he was transferred to the Military Intelligence Corps. There he used his skills as a commercial artist, producing posters that urged Australians to observe the requirements of wartime security. They were widely displayed in shops, hotels, railway stations, public thoroughfares and in military establishments.
Commencing as an official war artist in 1944, Warner covered the activities of the RAAF in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. His major assignment as a war artist was to record the activities of Australian airmen training in Canada under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS). During his time in Canada, Warner recorded the activities of the training scheme, as well as depicting Canada's changing landscape from summer through autumn and into winter. His images of buildings, landscapes, planes in flight, servicemen and snow scenes are both documentary and expressive, revealing a strong sense of colour and design. Before returning to Australia in February 1945, a number of his paintings were exhibited with works by another Australian war artist, Dennis Adams, at the Canadian National Gallery in Ottawa.

Back in Australia, Warner continued to work as a war artist, touring country areas of New South Wales and Victoria to record the civil and industrial war effort and food production. After the Second World War, Warner made a successful return to commercial art, designing posters, murals and postage stamps and illustrating books. During the 1950s, he gained a reputation as an outstanding watercolourist, winning many prizes.

In the post war years Shell produced a number of series of educational swapcard albums, calendars, posters and tour maps. They attracted many well known artists to work on these road side souvenir sets which later became sought after collectables.

Warner undertook a commission with Shell in 1959 to create the Discover Australia with Shell (DAWS) series of souvenir posters, which were available to all travellers who stopped at select Shell service stops to fill up their cars or plan their trip. The DAWS campaign was a promotional program designed to advertise the company's services, in particular the Shell Touring Service.

These featured gouaches are a selection of the original works from which the series of posters were taken. The works show various natural Australian settings featuring their wildflowers, and illustrations of Australia's shells and bird life, an ambitious and quite unique project commissioned by Shell in the mid 20th Century, with no other examples of such an undertaking known from this time

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