‘Immersed’ 2018 Oil on canvas 102x102cm

Portrait of artist William (Bill) Young

2018 Archibald entry currently on display at

Pan Pacific Melb - HIDDEN FACES Salon des Refuses

June11 to Oct 4 2018

Seascape 1972 Goauche 26x25cm

Painted age 12


“Art and Painting have been my life’s pursuit and passion of more than 4 decades. A fascination for colour  has prompted a journey of exploration through many diverse styles and variations both figurative and abstract. I have never ceased to be amazed by the illusion of creating an imaginary world on a 2-dimensional surface.

Through my explorations I have observed:

- intricacies  of the Natural world ;

- the vibrant energy, colour and movement of Melbourne’s music industry;

- rituals in ordinary life including life’s phases of birth, childhood, adulthood and death.

 I am passionate about Art because it enables me to reflect on and try to make sense of the world and how “we” - the human species - interact with it.

For many years I believed that I had to decide between figurative imagery and abstraction but now I am committed to both, driven by whatever I feel passionate about.

My influences have been many and varied: from the Heidelberg painters to the Angry Penguins; the Impressionists to Frida Kahlo and Helen Frankenthaler; Van Gogh to Fred Williams; Edward Hopper to William Kentridge. I love the ‘everyday’ themes and painterly works of Lucy Culliton but also the looseness and surprise of Elisabeth Cummings.

I live in rural Gippsland with my partner amongst a wild rambling garden with a menagerie of animals. Since 2006 to the present I have been painting instructor at the Pakenham Living Learning Community Centre, taking me away from my studio one day a week, enabling me to connect with community and share my knowledge and passion for Art.”

Blush Oil on canvas 122x61cm

Pareidolia at Burrinja Gallery

June 16 to July 15 2018