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 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...
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...
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.
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.
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....
Lake Maggiore sunset
2019 oil and pastel on paper 26 x 42cm J.M.Turner stayed in Stresa and painted a rain storm across Lake Maggiore. When I saw this sunset I knew what inspired...
Floriade tulips - Study
2018 pastel on paper 42 x 29cm This study was based on sketches and photographs of tulips in Canberra’s Floriade. It became a very large painting which is now hung...
Baroque poppy - Study
2018 pastel on paper 42 x 29cm This study provided the basis for a large oil painting which is one of the many of my paintings owned by Canberra’s power...
Study for wild peonies
2018 pastel on paper 42 x 29cm This is my first response to a bunch of peonies that I wanted to place into a landscape setting, which reflected the flower’s...
Study for Japanese blossoms
2018 pastel on paper 42 x 29cm I cannot look at the first spring blossoms at our home without thinking of Hokusai’s inspiring woodcut series – 100 views of Mt...
Lake Maggiore flowers - Study
2019 oil on paper 26 x 42cm My first impression of the beautiful scene that greeted us every morning at Stresa on Lake Maggiori in Northern Italy.
Peony at edge of light - Study
2019 oil on paper 26 x 42cm My initial reaction to the bunch of flowers that celebrate Canberra’s spring – caught between the lamplight and the twilight outside.
2018 pastel on paper 29 x 29cm A quick study of a very feminine bloom among the leaves of a climbing rose outside our home.
Peony, rose, gardenia - Study
2019 oil on paper 29 x 29cm Another study of Spring flowers, painted in a manner that reflects my love of the Dutch Baroque Golden Age.
2019 charcoal on paper 42 x 29cm Here we can just pick out the statue of Victor Emmanuel II as we look into the setting sun across the piazza in...
God Church State Milan
2019 charcoal on paper 42 x 29cm Drawn a little earlier as the sun set catching the cathedral and silhouetting Victor Emmanuel II. This was also executed in Milan. It...
2019 pencil on paper 42 x 29cm While my wife toured the beautiful palazzo I did this tonal drawing of Bella Isola attempting to catch the soft milky light of...
2019 pencil on paper 42 x 29cm Thunderstorms are frequent in the Spanish summer. This one was about to engulf a wheat field which was still catching the afternoon sun....
The Challenge Seville
2019 pencil on paper 42 x 29cm An irresistible image as this motor scooter seemed to challenge the iconic Spanish bull of advertising of Osborne Bull. The branding motto "The...