Vale Nevin Hurst (1934 – 2023)
Masterpiece Gallery is saddened to announce the passing of Nevin Hurst on the 11th of April, 2023. Nevin will be remembered for his expansive knowledge of Australian art and antiques, which he built over his long career, and as well for his ebullient character and propensity for storytelling.
As a young man, Nevin’s interest in the arts was aroused by his grandfather who, as well as being Acting Surveyor General, took a keen interest in fine art, antiques and all things historical. Following a varied career in farming, mining, the newsprint and airline industries, Nevin began a career in the world of fine art and antiques, eventuating in he and his wife Rose opening the Masterpiece Fine Art Gallery for business in 1975.
During the late 1970s and 1980s, Masterpiece Fine Art Gallery held many exhibitions by well-known Australian artists, beginning with Desiderius Orban in 1979, followed by Judy Cassab, Eva Kubbos, Robert Dickerson and Lloyd Rees, plus many others, including local artists. Nevin also staged numerous solo exhibitions of his own work, and had considerable input into many scholarly publications, including books on Haughton Forrest, Arthur Streeton, Lloyd Rees and John Glover.
Nevin continued his passion for art dealing into his final years, as well continuing to create and exhibit his own work. His impact on the world of Australian fine art and antiques will be remembered for many years to come.