Lionel Lindsay exhibit open at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

More than 170 artworks by Lionel Lindsay went on display at Maitland Regional Art Gallery on Saturday.

Artist Lionel Lindsay (left) with his brother Norman in the late 1890s.

Artist Lionel Lindsay (left) with his brother Norman in the late 1890s.

Mr Lindsay was one of the finest Australian black and white graphic artists of the 20th century.

He was an artist who honed his skills in etching and wood engraving so finely that, by 1927, he was already one of the most internationally successful Australian printmakers of all time.

The large collection of Lionel Lindsay artworks, worth more than $200,000, was donated to MRAG last year by Max and Nola Tegel.

“This exhibition is the first time these works have ever been displayed together in NSW and will become a household favourite. Children of all ages will be able to enjoy the exhibition through a range of activities, but equally, more mature audiences will love the impressive detail and technical skill,” MRAG’s cultural director Brigette Uren said.

MRAG’s collection has been building since the late 1950s, and significantly since 2008, almost exclusively by donation.