James Barker.

James Barker.

Elisabeth Cummings.

Elisabeth Cummings.

 

Certificate of Fine Art (now Diploma of Fine Art) 1981-82

Studying at my local TAFE College at Kogarah was exciting and quite eventful. I had finished school at year 10 level and loved all things art (my mother Susan Bricknell and grandmother were painters, my grandmother Ethel Phillips studied under Melville Haysom in the 1950s in Brisbane). I applied to enroll in the Fine Art course at the nearest technical college… Kogarah Tech. Little was I to know that my drawing and painting teachers all studied together at East Sydney Tech, now known as the National Art School in the 1950s.

Elisabeth Cummings (1934– ) is now regarded as one of Australia’s most respected living artists and James Barker (1931–2019) both studied under the guidance of teachers including Douglas Dundas, Ron Millen, Godfrey Miller, Jean Appleton and Dorothy Thornhill. Also studying with them and another of my favourite drawing tutors was Karen Oom and filling in for classes was Cameron Sparks (Art Director).

The end of course exhibition for my graduation was opened by their good friend and colleague Lloyd Rees AC CMG.

In retrospect the gravitas and important role these great Australian artists played in my life has now hit home, I have always felt confident with my artist grounding as it is the foundation of all my graphic design pursuits.

This is my final year full nude study of ‘Nita’.

NB. My Maternal grandfather Frank Phillips was good friends with Frank Rowland–artist and graphic artist. My mother did the Certificate of Fine Art, part-time, majoring in Sculpture at the same time as me.

Final piece, painting major, ‘Nita’ (oil on canvas, 1140x725mm).

Final piece, painting major, ‘Nita’ (oil on canvas, 1140x725mm).

First year study of ‘Liquid Amber’ (acrylic on canvas, 600x870mm). This tree was next to the print room in the outside common area at Kogarah Tech, Fine Art Campus.

First year study of ‘Liquid Amber’ (acrylic on canvas, 600x870mm).
This tree was next to the print room in the outside common area at Kogarah Tech, Fine Art Campus.