Roger Beale AO - Sun, Rain, Flowers
I am a painter of life around me. That means cities, landscapes and people. The sublime glimpsed from ordinary places is important to me. But I am also interested in ideas and the history of Western art and architecture – these too find a place in my works.
I have travelled extensively for business and pleasure and a sketchbook is always close at hand. I have been privileged to meet many of Australia and the world’s political leaders, scientists and policy advisers.
I trained part time at the Queensland Technical College and with teachers including Betty and Roy Churcher, Jon Molvig, Andrew Sibley and Melville Heysom. Peter Kennedy, Mike Parr and Mervyn Moriarty were Brisbane contemporaries.
Roger's exhibition was reviewed by leading art critic Sasha Grishin. You can read Sasha's review here Roger Beale: Sun Rain Flowers at Humble House gallery shares passion and beauty
2018 oil on canvas 163 x 123cm Looking at spring blossoms and thinking of the huge impact that Japanese woodcuts had on Impressionists in Europe and America.
2018 oil on canvas 164 x 123cm This is a grand flower portrait echoing the full length portraits of British Lords and Ladies that are done by artists like Gainsborough...
2018 oil on canvas 162 x 127cm A big painting capturing the sublime beauty of the flowers and allowing the eye to journey into the distance. Noted by Canberra Times...
The scent of gardenias on the night air
2018 oil on canvas 167 x 127cm A romantic memory of a night in Sicily sitting on a terrace, looking at an ancient Greek temple with a beautiful scent of...
2018 pastel on paper 55 x 75cm This was a special moment on the border between Yunnan and Tibet. The sun just caught the top of the jagged snow cap...
2019 oil on canvas 75 x 60cm A fading memory of a royal past. This gatehouse and avenues of great trees once marked the entrance to one of the palaces...
God, Church, State Milan
2019 oil on canvas 60 x 47cm Victor Emannuel II, Father of the Italian nation is confronted by Milan’s medieval cathedral with God (or nature) towering over both.
2019 oil on canvas 66 x 47cm The sun beat down on this Spanish farmhouse perched amongst wildflowers on this rocky hillside.
2018 pastel on paper 55 x 65cm A scene I just had to paint. Canberra has a special relationship with clouds particularly in the late spring.
2018 pastel on paper 55 x 75cm This sky simply glowed. It is not a conventional sunset but I was enraptured by the light behind the clouds as we looked...
Lake George morning rain
2018 pastel on paper 55 x 75cm A special moment as the sun shone through early morning spring rain on a nearly dry Lake George.
Sacred grove Syracuse
2018 pastel on paper 55 x 75cm This grove was planted to surround the ruins of an ancient Greek temple just as it would have been done 2000 years ago....
Wheat fields Spain
2019 acrylic and pastel on paper 55 x 75cm The sun caught this wheat field just as a thunder front began to move through. Ten minutes later this view had...
Abandoned cork plantation Spain
2019 acrylic and pastel on paper 55 x 70cm Another Spanish moment of powerful almost Australian sunlight shining across an eroded track and an abandoned cork plantation. Stelvin wine caps...
Isola Bella Lake Maggiore
2019 pastel on paper 75 x 50cm Isola Bella is a private island owned by the Borromeo-Agnelli family on a lake just bordered by the alps in Northern Italy. There...
Lake Maggiore flowers
2019 oil on canvas 43 x 80cm The view from our apartment balcony in Stresa. The flowers are Cyclamens and Geraniums.
Hot pink gerbera
2019 oil on canvas 80 x 67cm The title says it all. It was a Gerbera amongst a bunch of Roses and Lisianthus with the sun pouring in from behind....
Peony at edge of light
2019 oil on canvas 80 x 52cm This peony and hybrid tulip came from the same bunch of spring flowers caught at the edge of the lamp light with a...
Ottoman poppies - Study 2
2019 oil on canvas 80 x 50cm Turkey is famous for its poppies and the Ottoman restaurant asked me to design a very large painting for their main dining room...
I blame it on the Archibald
2019 oil on paper 42 x 29cm Every year I have visited the archi, I feel compelled to do a quick portrait. This old codger doesn’t complain if I don’t...
2019 coloured pencil on canvas 66 x 47cm The Alhambra is a world heritage reminder that the Moors ruled Southern Spain for many centuries and created stunning architecture and gardens....
Experimental farm Lombardy
2019 oil on paper 29 x 42cm Only the Italians could make an experimental farm look elegant like this one on the Lombardy plains.