Harry Pidgeon is an award winning Australian painter working predominantly in watercolour. His works are held in numerous public, corporate and private collections including British Royal, Australian Vice Regal and Government, and in Brazil, Chile, Canada, Japan, the Philippines and the USA. Described as a Modern Realist painter of landscape and nature, Harrys paintings reflect an intense and intimate world of colour exploring such themes as the coexistence of pattern and form, reflection and shadow in nature.
Harry grew up in rural New England with its backdrop of thunderhead clouds, mountains, ravines, and small townships. He enjoyed fossicking about in the bush observing flowers, birds and animals. Indeed at the young age of seven he was painting outdoors with the Adult Art Education students from the Armidale Teachers College. It was always his intention to be a painter and by the time he arrived at The National Art School in Sydney he was using watercolours with the force of oils. He graduated in 1965.
Pidgeon was Inspired by the work of Paul Klee, Edward Hopper, Lyonel Feininger and Wayne Thiebaud, all of whom had early careers in the world of mass communications. After graduating Harry decided to join the then largest advertising agency in the world - the American owned J. Walter Thompson Company as a graphic artist and an art director working on national and international accounts. In the early 80s Harry began painting full time and over a five year period won more than fifty art awards in Sydney, Brisbane and interstate regional centres. He has had more than twenty eight solo or feature artist exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows both in Australia and overseas.
Harry has worked and travelled extensively in the USA and Europe.