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
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...
Uplands lisianthus - Study
2018 pastel on paper 42 x 29cm This painting has a beautiful autumnal glow that invites the viewer to move past the flowers into this uplands landscape.
Scent of gardenias on the night air - Study
2018 pastel on paper 42 x 29cm When I wanted to capture that special night in Sicily, as my wife and I smelled the gardenias and looked at the Greek...
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.
Study for Lake George rose
2018 pastel on paper 29 x 29cm This unusual rose was spectacularly perched above Canberra's Lake George. I thought of it as the last rose of summer.
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...
2019 pencil on paper 42 x 29cm The Langhe is a world heritage wine and hazelnut producing region in Piedmont, Italy. I loved the symmetry of the plantations and vineyards...
2019 pencil on paper 42 x 29cm This captures the view from the Telescope Bar in Delphi looking down to the Gulf of Corinth and across to the Peloponnese in...