"Portrait of a Local" by Andrew Lucas


An exhibition of paintings by Andrew Lucas depicting some of the characters of The Diamond Valley


     Where:  The Eltham Library Community Gallery


     When: Thursday 8th August  -  Monday 2nd September 2013


     Exhibition Opening: Saturday 10th August from 2.00 PM – 4 .00 PM



This Exhibition to be opened by Mr Steve Herbert MP, the State Member for Eltham, is about the local community. The people, young and old, that have lived and worked in this district and enjoyed its leafy surrounds.

The portraits on show are an extension of my career as a photographer. I have drawn upon my lighting, posing and compositional skills to create colourful, textured compositions with some painterly vigour.

Some are light hearted, such as that of Geoff Mathews, the waving school crossing man at Briar Hill. Others are more serious, as is the painting depicting Julie Fechner with her dingo, BarralessBoy, as she helps try to save the species.  Of course a series of local portraits wouldn’t be complete without a depiction of Montsalvat’s Sigmund Jorgensen or the Coodabeens’ Greg Champion. These pictures tell a story, the paint is always pushed around with the sole intent of enhancing that story telling.

The quote below resonates my philosophy towards painting, especially portrait painting. It is attributed to Joseph Attard, an outstanding and celebrated local portrait painter of whom I studied under for 10 years.

“The character of the brushstroke is all important in depicting the character of the subject”

In this exhibition my intention is to create a good likeness and to tell a story. A narrative of substance to celebrate, to preserve, and to touch.

This is my first ever body of work. At age 57 I’m a late starter to serious painting. Enjoy, and see who you recognize.

Andrew Lucas

33 Belmont Crescent

Montmorency, Vic. 3094

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 03 9439 5893. Mobile: 0418 394 173

Media samples of paintings: www.expressions.net.au/elcg




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