‘A Day in the Life’ 2019

Oil on canvas 101x101cm

Portrait of Professor Damien Kingsbury

Academic, Author, Journalist

2019 Archibald entry submission

Aim: the colour theme of this portrait was constructed to accentuate the blue eyes of the sitter.

References are made to Biggles novels by Capt. W.E. Johns, a song title by The Beatles where lyrics start with ‘I read the news today, oh boy’ and an article co-written by Prof. Damien Kingsbury published in the Australian Institute of International Affairs, ‘How Wars End’.

The narrative in the painting explores how childhood adventure fantasies can influence choices in adult life..

Seascape 1972 Goauche 26x25cm

Painted age 12


“Art and Painting have been my life’s pursuit and passion of more than 4 decades.

A fascination for colour has prompted a journey of exploration through many diverse styles and variations both figurative and abstract. I have never ceased to be amazed by the illusion of creating an imaginary world on a 2-dimensional surface.

Through my explorations I have observed:

- intricacies  of the Natural world ;

- the vibrant energy, colour and movement of Melbourne’s music industry;

- rituals in ordinary life including life’s phases of birth, childhood, adulthood and death.

 I am passionate about Art because it enables me to reflect on and try to make sense of the world and how “we” - the human species - interact with it.

For many years I believed that I had to decide between figurative imagery and abstraction but now I am committed to both, driven by whatever imagery I feel passionate about.

My influences have been many and varied: from the Heidelberg painters to the Angry Penguins; the Impressionists to Frida Kahlo and Helen Frankenthaler; Van Gogh to Fred Williams; Edward Hopper to William Kentridge. I love the ‘everyday’ themes and painterly works of Lucy Culliton but also the looseness and surprise of Elisabeth Cummings.

I live in rural Gippsland with my partner amongst a wild rambling garden with a menagerie of animals. Since 2006 to the present I have been painting instructor at the Pakenham Living Learning Community Centre, taking me away from my studio one day a week, enabling me to connect with community and share my knowledge and passion for Art.”

Blush Oil on canvas 122x61cm

Pareidolia at Burrinja Gallery

June 16 to July 15 2018