Michael Cartwright

Michael-Francis Cartwright, born in Melbourne in 1959, has been creating his art since he was a young teenage boy. His father, an artist, encouraged him to paint. An introduction to the paintings of the Impressionists began a path to the joyous discovery of the Fauves and Expressionists whose influence can still be found in his work today.

At RMIT, Michael-Francis experimented with installation and construction art however, after meeting lecturer Stewart Ross, former assistant to Henry Moore, he was inspired to tackle the tradition of modelling and carving as well. In 1981 he met fellow artist, Shona Nunan. Their commitment to their journey as artists began immediately when they travelled with their first son to Carrara, Italy, in 1984, a mecca in those days for aspiring artists to work in marble or bronze.

Michael-Francis has had numerous art residencies around the world and exhibits globally. ‘The Warrior’, or Viking, was inspired from a time living in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland. His creativity is spontaneous, and his works exude an ethos of balance and freedom. Whether it is sculpture, painting, drawing or printmaking, his work alternates between delightful play to a more serious exploration of man, nature and beauty.

Michael-Francis and Shona moved to Castlemaine in the 1980s. In 1991 he was President of Castlemaine Artist Inc. He now lives and shares a studio with Shona in the Provence, France.


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