Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.
Tom Alberts in The Salon des Refusés
— Saturday 29th July 2017
Tom's artist statement on his painting:
The first time ever I saw Paul McCluskey I drew him. I’ve been drawing and painting him ever since. As a favorite life model there was something about him that reminded me of Watteau’s paintings from the 1700’s. Like Watteau’s figures Paul is physical, theatrical, tough and flexible, balanced by a rich feeling for life and art. His wide range of accomplishments include: painting, performing in theatre, opera, film, circus skills, Trapeze, tight-wire, stilts, tumbling, mime, dance, Commedia del Arte, singing and modelling. He is a fully trained architect and a founding member of the Life Models Society in Victoria.
One day Paul showed me the crazy plant hat and costume and I knew I would paint him in it. It’s one of my themes I guess - what if nature could speak – what would we learn if we could gaze into its’ mysterious eyes?
S.H. Ervin Gallery
Observatory Hill (The Rocks)
Saturday 29th July - Sunday 15th October, 2017
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PlantMan (Portrait of Paul McCluskey), 2017
oil on Belgian linen, 132 x 106.5 cm