‘I developed a love of drawing as a child, when I first drew my aging auntie in the bath. I have always been fascinated by people, their character and the individuality of their faces, which has led to my passionate interest in portraits and figurative work. My nudes are real people, not generic or idealized. I try to capture the essence of a person, their uniqueness and the way they express themselves in their body.
My other fascination is with the drama of light, and the way it shapes and changes objects, enhances composition, and creates mood.
I work in a number of mediums, including pastel, charcoal and conte, pen and ink, gouache, watercolour, acrylics, pencil, photography, and mixed media, and am currently painting in oils. I find that changing and experimenting with mediums keeps me fresh and open to learning.
My style is contemporary whilst firmly rooted in realism. Influences along the way have included Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, Rembrandt, Japanese art, Egon Schiele, Klimt, Sargent, Lucien Freud and Richard Schmidt.
I have studied oil painting with Peter Churcher, Lee Machelak, and Maxwell Wilkes, and drawing with Harold Freedman, Geoff Dupree and Godwin Bradbeer.
My work, including commissioned portraits and nudes, is represented in many private collections, both Australian and International. I held solo exhibitions at Brunswick Street Gallery in 2007, at A.G.R.A in 2009, and Gaffa Gallery in 2011.
Recent awards include :
Highly Commended at Aust. Guild of Realist Artists Summer Show 2008, 2009
Best oil painting $600-$1200 at St Kevins Art Show 2008.
2 Highly Commendeds at Brighton Art Society Annual Show 2008
Selected finalist for Alice Bale Art Prize Exhibition 2008 and 2010.
Commended, Aust. Guild of Realist Artists Summer Show 2009
Best in Show, Brighton Art Society Annual Exhibition 2006, 2009 and 2010
Best Portrait or Nude, Brighton Art Society Annual Exhibition 2011
Highly Commended, Camberwell Rotary Show 2012
Best in Show, Melb. Soc. of Women Painters & Sculptors Annual Exhibition 2012
Highly Commended, Brighton Art Society Annual Exhibition 2012
Winner of the Canterbury Art Show Small Works Competition 2013
Original paintings and drawings, prints, and handmade greeting cards are available for viewing and purchase at – Rose Street Artist’s Market in Fitzroy some Saturdays, at Prahran Market every 3rd Friday and Saturday, and * the Substation* at Newport on the first Saturday of the month.
I am a full-time artist, and greatly appreciate all sales!
If you are interested in the original art works please contact me through bubble message or email.
I also have my images on some more useful products, including mugs, cards, keyrings and prints, at http://www.zazzle.com/rozmcq
I am happy to do commissioned portrait drawings and paintings locally in Melbourne. I also run life classes with long poses at Brighton, Tuesdays & Thursday 4-7.
I can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please respect that all images are copyright © of Roz McQuillan. Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution of any of these images without written permission from Roz is strictly prohibited!
Most of my nudes are ticked ‘unsafe for workplace’ so you may need to double-click on them.
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