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Hastings Point honours memory of treasured resident Tony Flood with art exhibition

The Hastings Point Retirement Community is celebrating the work and memory of treasured resident Tony Flood with a collection of his art during August and September.

Tony and his wife Carole joined the Tricare Retirement Community at Hastings Point in May 2013, and Tony could often be spotted on his patio, hard at work with his easel and a nice glass of red.

Sadly, Tony passed away in March this year.

Tony Flood

To celebrate his great talents, our Hastings Point Retirement Community is showing his paintings from Wednesday 9 August to Sunday 3 September. The exhibition was officially opened by Air Vice Marshall William Collins AO (ret.).

Tony was born in Sydney and spent his early years in the small suburb of Oatley, not far from the South Coast railway line. His working years were spent in the advertising industry as a graphic artist and art director.  

Painting by Tony Flood: The Midday Flyer crossing the Hawkesbury River.

Tony started drawing and painting at an early age, first exhibiting his works in 1974. He sold over 150 paintings, most featuring Australian landscape subjects.

Soon after retiring in 2013, Tony was commissioned to paint the Ghan train approaching Alice Springs. And from this moment on, his love of steam trains led him to continue painting many examples of this bygone era.

Tony Flood painting: The Spirit of Progress

Tony’s preferred medium was oil on canvas.  He worked from a series of sketches and reference materials to marry the subject train to the perspective required. Tony always strived for accuracy when it came to time, place, colour and mechanical detail.

In 2017, Tony was admitted to the Guild of Railway Artists in Great Britain as an Associate Member.

Tony’s paintings are on display, and available for sale at The Nook Cafe & Gallery.

All are welcome to come and enjoy Tony’s body of work, grab a coffee and a meal at the cafe, and perhaps buy yourself a piece of Australian art history. 

Where:  The Nook Cafe & Gallery, Hastings Point Retirement Community, 87-89 Tweed Coast Road, Hastings Point, NSW.

When: Until Sunday 3 September; Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm, and Saturday & Sunday 8:30am – 3:30pm.

If you would like to find out more about the Hastings Point Retirement Community, you can visit their webpage, or book in a tour here.

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