Michael, lives in the northern beaches of Sydney, He captures in his art the light of that lovely location and was happy at the opening of his sell-out show at Eva Breuer Galley. Openings are nerve wracking at the best of times for but this one was a cause for celebration
Michael was a student at the Julian Ashton Art School from 1999 to 2002, where he won The John Olsen Scholarship. He developed a distinctive style very early, the strongly modelled, exquisitely coloured collage like paintings, having grown from the simplified forms he was attracted to when he was a student at the school. These are powerfully thought out works refined to very essences. The fluency with which he portrays the happiness in his heart reveals the draughtsman who is also a master of line.
To lift your spirits, in our winter of discontent, visit this exhibition which runs from the 16th till the 26th of June 2012 at 83 Moncur St. Woollahra
When Ralph Heimans was a student at The Julian Ashton Art School he expressed an interest to Paul Delprat that he would like to be a portrait painter.
Recently on a return visit to his old school he spoke to the students fondly of his student days and how he approached the stunning portrait he created of Princess Mary of Denmark. He reminded the students of the importance of drawing and especially composition, areas of the art of portrait painting in which he excels. A portrait is not just a head and hands, it is a picture.
Paul remembers a masterly perspective painting of a reclining figure on the floor in a room. All painted with the greatest of care. The painting was entered by a very youthful Ralph in The Mosman Art prize many years ago. His single minded natural talent was evident then.
This week he has let us all know that he is to paint Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and has had a sitting in Buckingham Palace. The Queen graciously wore specific robes and Queen Victoria’s diamonds. As with his other portraits the composition will be planned and be of the utmost importance as the setting creates the atmosphere in which the subject may be fully understood.
The gentle, searching young Mosman artist Paul met all those years ago is now truly fulfilling that early promise.
Paul was 12 years old in 1954 when a young Queen Elizabeth visited Sydney.
He was in the muster of school children who were bussed in to see her Royal cavalcade.
To this day, a keen admirer of Her Majesty, he recently fossicked around in his sketchbooks of that year, thoughtfully preserved by his mother and retrieved these youthful drawings, which were among a number created very quickly in that milling throng of cheering children.
This month Her Majesty celebrates her Diamond Jubilee amid universal jubilation in The UK and overseas.
There is no retirement for this lady who at the time these drawings were made had dedicated her life to service and continues to be part of our lives.
She continues to be an inspiration to those who value continuity and dedication to duty.