FA­MOUS ARTIST BOUND FOR PERTH

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

ART RENOWNED painter Vin­cent Deside­rio will visit Perth in July to men­tor lo­cal artist Dono­van Fisher and sup­port the launch of his Aus­tralian Academy of Art and Phi­los­o­phy in St James.

Deside­rio is a se­nior critic at the New York Academy of Art and Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of Fine Arts.

He will be the first vis­it­ing artist to share his knowl­edge at the newly formed school, where stu­dents will be taught the tra­di­tional way of see­ing through highly struc­tured ex­er­cises, long tested through Baroque (Rem­brandt) and 19th cen­tury schools and Ate­liers.

“How the work is painted is ev­ery bit as im­por­tant as what is painted,” Deside­rio said.

“Both as­pects must be ad­dressed with in­ten­tion­al­ity.

“Dono­van’s care­ful study of the Old Masters and their med­i­ta­tions in­stils a love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of an art form that in­vites all in, not just the aca­demic.”

Fisher said his academy would teach a tra­di­tional way of see­ing.

“The artist’s way of life must be­come such a nat­u­ral way of liv­ing that he has be­come un­aware of the world he has cre­ated,” he said.

Fisher said draw­ing and paint­ing had been his life since child­hood; his dad would draw lines with him and he would try to guess what they would cre­ate.

Af­ter be­com­ing dis­con­nected with his pas­sion in early adult­hood, Fisher re­dis­cov­ered art at the age of 27 in the form of pi­ano, where he has achieved straight hon­ours in both the­ory and at the Aus­tralian Mu­sic Board ex­am­i­na­tions.

Af­ter com­plet­ing a BA in Fine Arts at Curtin Univer­sity, and feel­ing un­der­whelmed through­out his Hon­ours de­gree, Fisher fol­lowed his de­sire to learn ad­vanced skills in a field of paint­ing in Florence, where he stud­ied and copied the orig­i­nal works of masters hung in fa­mous mu­se­ums.

The art­work of the Old Masters in­spired this piece, awoman’shands, by Dono­van Fisher.

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