JGL Commissions Celebrated Artist to Create Foyer Artworks


Ralph Wilson, one of Queensland’s most celebrated artists, will be featured in developer JGL Properties’ newest residential project—being built in the inner-Brisbane riverside suburb of Kangaroo Point.

The Bureau Proberts-designed 12-storey apartment tower, known as Thornton, sits on a promontory site on Kangaroo Point’s peninsula, adjacent to the Thornton Street Ferry.

The developer has enlisted a number of Brisbane’s most well-known identities, including art dealer and patron Philip Bacon AM and renowned chef and restaurateur Thierry Galichet to help deliver the high-end project.

Brisbane-based artist Ralph Wilson, represented by Philip Bacon Galleries, synonymous with painting Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River, has been commissioned to deliver a series of paintings for the Thornton foyer.

Wilson, an artist admired by JGL managing director John Livingstone, was enlisted following discussions with art patron and gallery owner Philip Bacon AM regarding the most appropriate artistic collaborator for Thornton.

“There is no better artist in Queensland to paint the evolution of the Brisbane River from its tributary, to the heritage listed Kangaroo Point Cliffs and finally the river mouth around the Port,” John Livingstone said.

“When Thornton residents come home or their guests come over to visit, we want our small community to experience and enjoy three truly bespoke Ralph Wilson works.”

The Wilson commission is for three, three-metre paintings mounted on the Thornton's Noceto Striato stone foyer wall showcasing the evolution of the iconic Brisbane River.

Continuing the art theme, each of Thornton's full floor residences will deliver over 60 linear metres of gallery art hanging space, unprecedented in other projects.

Residents will have the ability to integrate art hanging systems used in leading galleries around the world to seamlessly rotate their prized collections.

The integrated art hanging system can also be matched with gallery lighting by German lighting firm ERCO—used in most of the world's renowned arts institutions.

JGL Properties has a strong affinity with the arts and has a legacy of collaborating with well-known Australian artists to deliver public art to elevate its projects.

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