Along with Pro Hart, Sawrey (1919-1999) is arguably one of Australia’s greatest bush painters and undoubtedly one of the best ever painters of the horse. When he exhibited at the Tryon Gallery I, London the directors listed him in the top ten horse painters of the world. Vibrant images of fiery steeds punching through the thirsty dust of a drought-ridden land are synonymous with Sawrey.
Sawrey was true to the tradition of history painting in Australia. The heroic effort to wrest a livelihood from the unyielding Queensland outback inspired him. Many of his oil paintings depict Queensland & the Northern Territory and cattle stations on which he worked early in his life. Lifetimes of outback stories are related by Sawrey in his works with an honesty that is valued for its merit throughout Australia. His charcoal sketches drawn for the Courier Mail where a lifetime of outback stories is depicted in each work, have become archival.