Lunching with Charles Blackman, one of Australia's most renowned and well-loved artists!

Regarded as one of the most original and significant figurative painters in Australian art, Charles Blackman now leads a simple but happy life meeting up with friends and fellow artists, drawing and having passionate discussions about art.

In the 1950's Charles' work met critical acclaim through his early schoolgirl series and Alice in Wonderland paintings, inspired by Lewis Carroll's book.

In 1953 he co-founded the Melbourne Contemporary Art Society and was one of seven artists responsible for the Antipodean Manifesto – protesting the dominance of the rising abstract expressionism movement.

In 1960 Charles won the Helena Rubenstein Scholarship which took him to London where he enjoyed notable success. Six years later he moved to Sydney and then to Paris after being awarded the atelier studio in the Cité des Artes, and ultimately, Paris became an eternal source of inspiration to him.

In 1977 Charles was awarded an OBE for services to Australian  Art.

Charles Blackman has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas. He is represented in the Musee D'Art in Paris, the Contemporary Art Society of London and in Australian State and Regional Galleries.

We are privileged and blessed to be good friends with Charlie today and are proud to have published a series of 12 beautiful Collographs with him from the Orpheus Suite.