I was recently commissioned by the P&C Association of Springfield Central State High School to create a parting gift for our good friend Joseba Larrazabal, , the founding Principal of SCSHS. The finished piece was 100cm x 75cm, painted in acrylic on linen. Joseba was presented the gift at the recent SCSHS awards ceremony.
Following the schools motto of “Scale Great Heights”, Joseba is following his own advice and Scaling Great Heights in his career. Hope you love it Joseba, and best of luck in your new position.
The making of ‘Grevillea Cafe’.
I had taken a break from painting birds for a couple of years, but when I was approached to do a commission of some native birds of Australia I couldn’t resist. I’m so glad that Helen and Roger found my artwork on the internet and made contact. By chance I happened to be in the same city for a few days so we met up and discussed ideas over coffee. During discussions about which birds would be best and what colours Helen and Roger like, the image of three cockatoos immediately came to mind. The image stuck in my head for quite some time before painting it, which is usually a good sign that it is an important piece to paint.
I had a heap of fun creating this piece. After about 80 hours of painting, spread out over several weeks, the piece came together very similar to what I had originally imagined. Helen and Roger watched online with anticipation as I posted progress photos along the way. This video speeds you through the process from preparing the canvas to putting on the finishing touches.
I was very happy with the finished painting and Helen and Roger loved it. They sent me this beautiful note when it arrived:
The painting has just arrived, not a mark on the box and brilliantly packed. At least eight layers of bubble wrap, securely sealed and the whole firmly attached to the inside of the box. It took us 15 minutes to unwrap it: we almost needed surgical training to extricate it!
It is amazing, a stunning, beautiful painting. The frame complements the painting perfectly, an inspired choice. It has a mirror quality as it picks up reflections and reflects light. We are resisting, but only just, dragging people off the street to have a look at it.
The whole room has come to life with ‘Grevillea Cafe’ the larger than life focal point. The amount of light we have coming in the room’s ten metres of curved windows shows it off at its best and it looks great at the height it is.
Thank you again. It is a very impressive, creatively and skilfully executed work of art. We couldn’t be happier with it.
Well after a weekend of locking myself in the studio, I have finally finished Belonging. This painting took a while, mostly due to changing my mind several times about some of the elements of the picture. While the overall theme stayed the same the painting took over and took me into a journey that I wasn’t expecting. Sometimes better ideas come along as you paint.
This is the 3rd painting in the Athyrium series, about life, growth and nurturing. Athyrium once again shows tenderness and caring for the small and often forgotten creatures of her forest. Nothing is to be taken for granted.
This painting is 150cm tall x 75 wide and is available for purchase below as a limited edition of only 250 full sized canvas prints.
Australian artist Murray Charteris was born in Brisbane, 1972. Predominantly working in acrylic but also with extensive experience in digital art and animation, Murray is best known for his vibrant, illustrative paintings. He has had solo exhibitions in Queensland and administered his own gallery in Hervey Bay between 2007 and 2011. Murray has had gallery representation in Brisbane and Darling Harbour, Sydney.
Murray Charteris is quickly gaining a reputation for his dynamic, energy filled fine art. His bold colours and powerful compositions come together to produce stunning artwork that is increasingly sought after.
Murray started painting at a very early age and during his childhood he has been tutored by several artists throughout Brisbane. After studying animation for 3 years at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia, Murray has made a successful career from his animation skills, creating 3D computer animation and special effects for television commercials and programs both in Australia and overseas. Read more
Want to know what an artist thinks about while creating an artwork? Murray explains his thought process about his new painting in the “Athyrium” series, “Belonging”.