Guest Artists

Our Guest Artists


Andrew Bonneau

Andrew Bonneau’s unique perception and ability to capture the essence of his subjects led to his selection as a finalist in the 2017 Archibald Prize.

Working predominantly with oils, Andrew’s subject matter includes portraits, figures, still life and landscapes – to which he brings a deep sensitivity of the forms of nature and the subtlety of light, embodying many qualities of the Western Realist tradition.

Born in Tasmania in 1981, Andrew earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at The National Art School in Sydney and later studied with Charlie Sheard and at the Grand Central Academy, New York.

In addition to his selection as an Archibald Prize finalist, Andrew has been a finalist in many art prizes including the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. His work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in Australia, Dubai and The United States and is in private and public collections around the world.

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Colley Whisson

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David Henderson

"People and the spaces they inhabit – whether in the form of historic cities, interiors or the nude are the subjects which interest me most. It is through direct observation of the way these interact with more elemental factors – light, shadow, space, atmosphere – that I believe it is possible to catch a glimpse of each subject’s true spirit."

Award-winning artist & Royal Academy graduate, David Henderson, spends half of his year painting in Australia and the other half, painting in Italy.

David believes Italy to be unique in its concentration of artistic treasures, architectural splendour and beauty of light and landscape – elements which are stunningly captured in his drawings, watercolours and oil paintings.

After studying architecture in Brisbane, David enrolled in a course in painting at London’s Royal Academy School, graduating in 1985. He has since held numerous solo exhibitions of his work in Brisbane, Melbourne and London and has been the recipient of several awards and commendations. For many years, David taught art part-time at various institutions, including lecturing and running courses in art history and design at QUT.

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David Wells

"I believe that a living person is more interesting than any artwork ever made; therefore, everyone is a masterpiece waiting to be painted."

David Well’s stunning pastel work has featured internationally on the cover of both the Pastel Journal and The Artist Magazine, while his portrait of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge is now part of the Royal Family’s art collection.

With a focus on portraits and figurative work, David has been the recipient of a long list of local and international awards and has exhibited extensively in South East Queensland, and in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide – and all since starting painting at the age of 26!

David’s relaxed, yet highly informative teaching style, and his eclectic professional background (ranging from visual artist and graphic artist, to musician, circus and street performer) has made him one of Brisbane Painting Classes most popular tutors. His passion for art and especially pastels is matched by his extraordinary talent, which he is more than happy to share with anyone willing to be taught.

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Donald J Waters

"At the early age of three my potential as an artist came to the fore. I would sit on the lounge room floor painting and drawing with anything I could lay my hands on… boot polish, nail polish, lipstick… anything that had colour and could be used as paint!"

From these early experiments with colour, Donald James Waters has gone on to establish an illustrious painting career spanning well over three decades. While best described as a contemporary artist, Donald’s artwork transcends many genres and features a unique style that uses stylised strokes, overemphasised characters and bold blocks of colour to tell a story.

Donald’s career has taken his art to every corner of the globe and his distinctive style has made its way into the catalogues of many private and corporate collectors alike, including that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s art collection.

Don sees art as an adventure that must be experienced not only by the artist, but also by the viewer – comparing it to the feeling of driving into a new land and looking down into a valley he has never been before. He shares this sense of adventure and passion for art with his students in his highly engaging and entertaining guest workshops. 

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Helen Cottle

"My main aim is to paint passionately and enthusiastically… with variation, versatility and diversity… always changing and evolving so as not to become staid. I feel the need to continually keep my work alive, looking for inspiration evoked by emotion, mood or atmosphere."

Helen Cottle’s realistic/impressionist painting style has grown out of decades of experimentation with different mediums.

Born in Williamstown, Victoria, Helen’s artistic life started in early childhood where she spent hours drawing from life. However, what began as a part time hobby, over time evolved into a passion to express herself creatively in whatever medium the chosen subject calls for.

Inspired by and studying the brushstrokes and techniques of artists such as Arthur Streeton, John Singer-Sargent and Harold Herbert, Helen initially focused on oil painting before moving on to specialise in watercolour. Recently Helen has moved into acrylic and mixed media. She believes that regardless of medium, having a fascination with the effects of light on a subject and observing life’s intriguing details, enables everyday views to be transformed into dynamic and interesting works of art.
Helen has had many successful solo and joint exhibitions and is now a popular and highly sought after tutor and educator.

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John Lovett

John Lovett’s passion for travel, landscapes, people and the environment is reflected in his powerfully evocative watercolour, oil and mixed media works.

Born in Cooma, NSW, John studied at Newcastle’s National Art School and has painted professionally since 1979. In that time he has held over 40 solo exhibitions, participated in numerous joint exhibitions and become a regular featured artist and contributor to the ‘International Artist’ and ‘Australian Artist’ magazines.

John’s work possesses an emotive power and vitality that is enhanced by his use of light, color and strong sense of design and is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA.

John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular.

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John Wilson

John Wilson’s oil paintings, which capture the more elusive qualities of Australia’s unique landscape, have earned him the reputation of being one of Australia’s leading and most respected oil painters and a much sought-after judge and tutor.

John’s childhood was spent in the beautiful Blue Mountains of NSW, which inspired a deep love of the rugged grandeur, spectacular colours and the many moods of the landscape.

John is now a multi-award winning artist, with 47 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows to his name. He has exhibited in London, USA, Japan, Canada, Beijing China and Seoul Korea and his highly collectable paintings are represented in private, corporate and public collections throughout Australia and internationally.

John’s Masterclass workshops always book out very quickly – a testament to his renowned gentle teaching style and the sheer quantity of expert information he shares during his workshops about the techniques of the Old Australian landscape masters (like Streeton, Roberts, Gruner and Johnson) and the secrets of how to paint beautiful and exciting landscapes.

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Keiko Tanabe

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Maria Nazyrova

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Patrick Jones

“I believe core foundation drawing skills are essential for creating a confident artist's hand, and that understanding gesture is the key to drawing the figure with style.”


Patrick J. Jones' oil paintings place his figures in imaginary, fantastical lands, in order to portray the human spirit without the distraction of the modern world. His figurative work is strongly grounded in his superb drawing technique.

While growing up in Belfast, Ireland during the worst of the ‘troubles’, Patrick spent most of his childhood drawing. He then spent fifteen years as an illustrator before heading off to travel the world, and eventually settling in Brisbane.

Patrick is now an award winning artist, author and teacher. His work has featured in major U.S. exhibitions, both in NYC and Pennsylvania, and his oil paintings reside in private collections worldwide. He is also the author of two bestselling art technique books - ‘Sci-fi & Fantasy Oil Painting Techniques’, which chronicles his oil painting methods, and ‘The Anatomy of Style’ which details his figure drawing methods.

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Peter Griffen

Peter Griffen is a full time Sydney based artist and has been painting for forty five years, during which time he has traveled extensively and has had numerous exhibitions in Australia and overseas. He enjoys painting outdoors but the bulk of his time is spent in the studio creating abstract images derived mainly from the landscape. Typical of his work is its playful dynamic quality and the strong use of colour.

His qualifications in education are clearly evident in his teaching style and his experience in tutoring workshops is quite extensive. He is currently involved in tutoring a series of workshops in association with the Art Gallery of NSW, has taught with the Art Gallery of SA and in such places as Italy, UK, USA, Portugal, Birdsville and the Flinders Ranges.

Peter has had five solo exhibitions in London, four in Paris, two in St Tropez, one each in Lyon, New York and New Zealand. He has had about sixty solo exhibitions throughout Australia, has been in numerous group shows and is represented in many private and public collections.

He has been selected as a finalist in several prizes including the Blake, Sulman, Dobell and Fleurieu prizes and apart from many other texts, has been published several times in the Australian Artist magazine, in particular, in issue number 109, “Making Sense of Abstract Images”. His work and personal comments appear in his book, “In and Out of Abstraction”.
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Rikki Fisher

Rikki Fisher is recognized internationally as a Master Scratchboard Artist (MSA). Currently only 4 Australian artists have attained MSA accreditation with the International Society of Scratchboard Artist (ISSA).

Rikki is motivated by her passion for wildlife. She is considered one of the pre-eminent practitioners of this art form. Rikki is both proficient and versatile in the craft and well able to impart her extensive knowledge.

Rikki has won National and International awards for her work. A resident of northern NSW, Rikki holds workshops and has given demonstrations at local, State and International levels.

Her exquisitely detailed works speak for themselves.

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Albion
Qld 4010
Australia

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