Born Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia 1894, died Sydney 1971


Adrian Feint studied under Julian Ashton and Elioth Gruner at the Sydney Art School from 1912 before enlisting in the army in 1916. He served in the 15th Field Ambulance along the Western Front from 1917–19 and before he was officially discharged, he was granted leave to attend the Académie Julian in Paris for three months.

Feint worked as a graphic artist and designer, and produced several impressive cover designs for Art in Australia and Home magazines in the 1920s and 1930s. A highly skilled printmaker, Feint designed and printed personalised bookplates that quickly became sought after. His clients included the Duke and Duchess of York among other luminaries. In 1930 the worldwide interest led to an exhibition of Feint’s work at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Determined to succeed as an oil painter however, Feint left commercial art in 1938 to focus on his painting practice. During the 1940s and 1950s he produced many images which combined views of Sydney harbour and flower arrangements of which Summer at Pittwater is a fine example. Characterised by his striking compositions and surreal sensibility, the works generated interest and praise, leading to the publication of Adrian Feint Flower Paintings (1948).

Examples of his work are held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, and in major state galleries and state libraries.