Michael Francis Cartwright
Artist, Australian, Born 1959
Michael Francis Cartwright is used to his freedom. His art is the voice of freedom. His work, whether it is sculpture or painting or drawing or printmaking, has always been that way. He alternates between inventive delightful play, where what he makes is a quirky reference to life, to serious tough and uncompromising judgement on man and nature, and then to pure luscious sensuousness when only the colour matters or forms and textures are created to abstractly convey beauty. His work is not sequential. He doesn’t care that the work is not sequential. It is the freedom of being that counts in his work and in his personal life, a life that also declares his freedom. His philosophy is about a journey in life that is inspired and connected to his inner yearnings to grow as a creator.
Australian – studios in Italy and France, Born 1959
1981 Bachelor of Art – Sculpture
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Shona is currently living in Tuscany, Italy, with her partner, Michael Cartwright. She lives in the mountains near Lucca and Pietrasanta where she has access to great art foundries. In the last few years she has been engaged in studio work, commissions for collectors and project work. Shona studies the visual languages of the ancient cultures including Europe and Asia. These influences have seriously impacted her art as did her early connection to aboriginal art in her home country. Hence, her themes of guardians depicting the balance of ying and yang, conscious and unconscious, male and female; the Horse and Rider, representing the journey of life and its many stages of growth; the Women series representing fertility, the cycles of life, abundance; the Harvest series, representing the reaping of what has been sown, carrying the vessel of life’s gifts; the Warrior representing the strong, the brave and the humble, noble and self sacrificial, also the destroyer of the old.