Artists / Valerie Albiston

(1911 – 2008) 

Valerie Albiston commenced her travels with several voyages to Europe the first in 1932. As well as acquainting herself with the work of the great and emerging painters of the day she began operating as a freelance journalist sending her travel notes back to the Australian papers. She continued her journalistic writing about all manner of people and places for over sixty years and a sketch book was never far from any event.


On returning to Australia in 1935 she commenced art classes with William Beckwith McInnes at the National Gallery School. Albiston found his academic approach to art restrictive and after leaving attended art classes with Louis McCubbin, spent six months at RMIT under Murray Griffin and a short time working with John Rowell.


In 1938 Albiston’s life altered dramatically with her discovery of Timana Island, a tropical paradise that lies between Bedurra and Dunk Islands where she and her sister stared for extended periods until the late 1970s. For six months of the year she painted on the island and came south to Melbourne during the summer months to escape the tropical heat and humidity. Throughout the war years Albiston exhibited her tropical paintings in Melbourne to assist in raising funds for the war effort.


During her sojourn south in 1949 Albiston enrolled in art lessons at the celebrated George Bell School, where many renowned Australian modernists had studied. She enjoyed the artistic environment and was able to incorporate what Bell taught her with what she knew. She attended Bell’s studio classes until 1952 and continued to exhibit with the Bell circle at his invitation until he died in 1966. 


Albiston is an important member of the Bell circle and the Escape Artists (the Modernists in the Tropics), and has shown with numerous commercial galleries. She is represented at selected regional galleries including Warnambool, Bendigo, the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville, Cairns and the Portland Regional Gallery. 


Fishing off mission beach 1950 by Valerie Albiston

Fishing off mission beach

oil on board


Purchase for $4,500.00