Arts & Culture - August

Our “Artist’s in Conversation Series“ continues the second Wednesday of every month.
Alongside this a changing monthly exhibition of art is displayed in the Club and available for purchase.

To date we have focused on portraiture, as portraits often capture not just an image but the essence of a person & their journey.

First in the series the work of Filippa BUTTITTA ( Ian White’s late wife) who died this year from a brain tumour in her early 50s.

In a personal journey, Ian White spoke of the massive loss to her family and the art community just as an Archibald Prize finalist Philippa‘s work was gaining wider appreciation. It was while painting a portrait of her friend, Tony Costa, she had been diagnosed with a Grade 4 gliobasta brain tumour.

In painting
“My friend at the pinnacle of his art career, I was commencing the decline of my own”

Second in the series in July was Guy MORGAN in conversation around his portrait series “After Retinal Detachment” exploring how a eye injury in 2011 changed his perspective on painting. In 2013 GUY first-entered the Archibald Prize to demonstrate his permanently distorted vision after suffering a major retinal detachment.

Guy generously donated to RACA a signed copy of his book “The Empire Sells Out" tied to 48 illustrations touching disability, social inequality, and ageism in a way Guy says hopefully:

“will make you laugh preferably out loud at the ridiculousness of life”

August 10 we will showcase the work of SALLY RYAN

in conversation speaking to her work "Unveiling at St Mary’s Cathedral".

Sally works in oils graphite and charcoal and has exhibited in major competitions including the Archibald, Doug Moran, Portia Grace , and Lester Prizes.

Sally has been awarded signature status for consistent excellence in portraiture by the Portrait Society of America.

Sally has generously offered to conduct art classes, if sufficient members are interested.

September 14 keep free for ”Martini memoirs“ reflections on the life of former RACA Member Frank Moorhouse.

BOOKINGS or 02 8273 2322

For further information or suggestions contact: Justin HUTCHINSON
Convenor RACA Arts & Culture Group


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