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Rowl Greenhalgh

Discussion in 'Animation, Movies, TV' started by Mark Wyndham-Jones, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. Mark Wyndham-Jones

    Mark Wyndham-Jones New Member

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    Rowl Bam 1.JPG Rowl Poo 1.JPG Hi Peeps,
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    I'm new to this discussion forum so please bare with me.

    I have recently acquired a couple of original watercolors by a Rowl Greenhalgh who is said to have worked for, and was a family friend, of Walt Disney himself.

    I have found very little information on Rowl Greenhalgh and can only say for sure that he was an animator in Australia with his own production company.

    My question is, does anyone know if he did work for Walt Disney, when and in what capacity (and any other info as i'm not even sure if he is still alive?).

    It's always nice to know a little more about an artist you have pieces by.


    Thanks for any help available.
    Mark (UK)
     
  2. GT2180

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    Just arrived on this Forum myself.

    I knew Rowl personally and he painted several paintings for me that I still have. Two of them are very large and I had to really lean on him to do them as there was a lot of work. This was perhaps 20 years ago or more. He has been long gone as he was quite elderly at the time. He was actually a bit of a character and a nice guy. He did work for Disney and was one of his original artists. I saw photos of him with Walt Disney and saw a letter from Walt to Rowl. So he was the genuine article. He told me he had permission from Disney to produce some paintings on the side as long as he did not do it as a business. But I would not make too much of that one... might be true and might not be. So he lived in a retirement village on the Gold Coast of Queenland and produced paintings as a way to make a little extra money. Your paintings are definitely done by Rowl and that is his signature.
     
  3. Mark Wyndham-Jones

    Mark Wyndham-Jones New Member Original Poster

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    Hi GT2180,

    Thank you for the confirmation, I must admit the quality of the painting are really well done especially since you mentioned that Rowl was quite elderly around the time (painting taken year 2000).
    I think (Without measuring them) they are approx 15 inch x 10 inch in size, would you know the possible price I could put on them if selling,, although they would look good on my wall.
     
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    Your paintings are his regular size. In 2000 my guess he was into his 80's and that would have been very near the end of his painting career. I knew him during 1994 -97 period and lost touch with him after that. For the record I spoke to his neighbour a couple of years ago. He told me Rowl came to him feeling not well so he ran him over to the doctor who put him into hospital and he did not come home from there. His wife passed away a few years before he did. He did have family but I have no idea how to contact them. It would be good for someone to do a biography and his family would be best for that. He told me one of the Brisbane universities included him in a course they did and the students each year would visit him. So that university would have good information on him. Perhaps the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). There is interest as he was quite prolific and there could be several hundred of his paintings held by people. I have no idea how much his paintings are worth. I suspect less than we would like. He is not really known in the right circles and a biography would help that. His paintings are unique in that he used a very old style that was long since superceded by digital technology. The detail is amazing and each of his characters had a unique expression on their faces which is very lifelike and something we could all understand and association with. He showed me some memorabilia from his Disney days. Including a photo of him with Walt and an autographed photograph of Walt Disney to Rowl. It is good history these days.
     

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