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Ern Trembath

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Ern Trembath with his landscape painting
Resident Artist Ern Trembath with one of his paintings.


Ern Trembath was born in Melbourne and worked for 16 years in Graphic Arts. Then as owner of an Art centre, he specialized in picture framing, art materials and the restoration of old paintings and photographs.
He now paints full-time from his studio in Thornton.

Ern is a traditional landscape artist, especially noted for his soft misty technique. His paintings are sought after by collectors, galleries and overseas visitors alike, and some of his works have been reproduced and distributed world wide as prints. A limited edition of 250 prints was released by Rotary with all proceeds going to charity. In recognition of his contribution to various Rotary Clubs over many years he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship in 2004. Many paintings have been featured in the Australian Art Calendars, and  his works have also been reproduced on various books and publications, including the front cover of a Telecom Directory for the 059 area. In 2005 a painting was chosen  to be featured in the City of Casey Arts Directory. Paintings were featured on ‘Sale of the Century’ for many years.

Ern has won many major awards and has had many sell-out exhibitions and his paintings hang in numerous Shire and Regional Galleries in Australia He is represented worldwide in over 20 countries including Rotary House in Chicago, the Nissan Datsun headquarters in Osaka Japan and the Exclusive World Art Gallery in Germany. Ern held art classes for many years and gave lectures and demonstrations to art societies and charitable organizations, and has judged many art shows both in Victoria and interstate.

As a result of an accident in 2003, he lost partial use of his painting arm, but is slowly regaining his career using the other hand, although paintings now take much longer to produce.

Ern also restores old paintings, photographs and picture frames and can also organize and advise on reframing.

WORDS FROM THE ARTIST

I paint not only what I see but what I feel about a subject. This can only be achieved by spending many days wandering through the bush, observing light, colour, texture, composition and atmosphere. This allows me to paint from the heart.

When artists paint a portrait they study anatomy. To me the anatomy of the bush is just as important – when I am back at the canvas I have a vast insight into all of the colour and intricacies that the scene has hidden away in the distance. Each scene has a season, one that will show it off at its best, whether it be Autumn, Winter, Summer or Spring.

So it is a case of programming yourself to be there at the appropriate time, with the right gear and the right attitude and approach. I also feel what you see and what you feel about a subject is very important and this carries forward onto the canvas.


The use of photographs is like having another paint brush in the box along with quick sketches and small “thumb nail” paintings. These assist me to capture a fleeting glimpse of a subject that may only be there for 5 minutes or so depending on the weather. I find this method of great assistance for my major works.

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