Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy

  • Biography

    I love being surrounded by the Australian bush, or outback rugged landscapes, and painting
    for me is a discipline in this observation, where I get the chance to translate in my own
    vision. I have a few favourite places where I often return to paint. Not the same scene or the
    same angle always from a slightly different viewpoint. For me it’s a race to capture that
    fleeting clip of light on a tree trunk or patch or grass. The atmosphere and play of light are
    ever changing. I like to capture what catches my interest using colour and a brush. Hunting
    the patterns and the rhythm of the landscape.
    Wherever I am, I always have a fully loaded palette at the ready and as a colourist find
    restraint hard. Drawing is the basis of my work, and whilst I never make a preliminary sketch
    I always “sketch with the brush” drawing in the essential elements in paint. Boldly pushing
    colour, not invented, but found. Extracting colours from within the landscape and pushing
    them to their limit. If something has an orange tinge, then it is orange, if there is a vague
    lavender or soft dirty pink then let’s make it magenta.
    My work is always changing, from a very traditional discipline whilst learning in the 1980’s to
    a type of deconstruction of forms and re-assemblage of visual “clues” expanding on
    occasions into pure abstract. After 40 years of “brush mileage” the journey is always
    changing.

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Paul McCarthy

Burrawang
122 x 102 cm Oil on Linen $6,000.00

Paul McCarthy

Winter Tapestry
121 x 91 cm Oil on Canvas $5,000.00

Paul McCarthy

Rocky Point Island
102 x 122 cm Oil on Linen $6,000.00