Reinis Zusters: 16 cool facts

By Gwylym Owen

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Reinis Zusters OAM (15 October 1919–1999) was a Latvian-born Australian artist. Zusters was a prolific painter, working predominantly in oils, painting many large landscapes, including triptychs of the Blue Mountains. Zusters drew much of his inspiration from the Australian countryside, depicting the colour and form of natural world as a rich and blooming panorama.

His function is represented in numerous public and private collections in Australia and abroad. His undertaking can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. He won numerous prestigious awards in Australia, Japan and USA and was honoured past the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1994. He was born to Latvian parents in Odessa, Ukraine, and died in his studio in Wentworth Falls, Australia in 1999.

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