FAMOUS ARTIST BOUND FOR PERTH
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.