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Celebration of popular artist’s life, career


Art Systems Wickham will be showcasing the work of the late Francis Frank Celtlan (1936-2017) from 1 to 24 February as a celebration of the popular Newcastle based artist and teacher’s life and artistic career.

The exhibition launch and celebration will take place on Saturday 2 February from 3pm.

Frank’s family have generously made available for sale to the public the remaining collection of his life’s work.

A friendly auction will be held concurrently with the exhibition and all bids on unsold works will be considered.

Francis Celtlan had been creating art for more than 50 years and was a much admired and respected lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle for many years.

A Newcastle icon in the art scene, his work is much loved and collected.

His catalogue of work is testimony to a prodigious career in art.

Celtlan’s charismatic teaching style influenced many of his students.

From his time at The National Art School in Sydney in the 1960s, throughout his maturity, Celtlan showed unstinting commitment to his art.

Several paintings are included in the suite of works from this period in the exhibition.

Indeed, the scope of work on show being made available to the public is vast.

The exhibition will include large, medium and small-scale paintings and works on paper.

All works will be for sale.

Art Systems Wickham is located at 40 Annie Street, Wickham, opposite the old wool sheds.

Contact the director, Colin Lawson, for further information.

Opening hours are Friday to Sunday, 12pm to 4pm.

The gallery may be accessed outside the advertised opening times in consultation with Colin.

Visit or phone 0431 853 600.

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