Behind the Conversion of St Paul, at the Convent next Saturday

Here is my picture, possibly my favourite, from the current exhibition of the Conversion of St Paul and after it the work by Caravaggio of the same name.
You can see my work is a homage to the original . It was hung sideways at the PicN mix exhibition and I had to get the framers to restring it
I am a huge fan of Caravaggio's chiaroscuro and am recruiting a variety of models so I can construct some large scale tableaux using several distinctive figures each showing a certain amount of flesh to give warmth to the pictures. (let me know f you would like to volunteer! )
 Caravaggio used many of the same figures in different paintings and I shall do the same..and I love the way he uses unusual perspective in his paintings a practice I began over 20 years ago with a series of still lives painted from the aerial view rather then the usual front on perspective .
The genesis of my image happened in St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne where I was taking photos of the many beautiful tiles on the floors and walls - these have been woven through a source image of Nicollo to form the picture on exhibition.

For anyone who hasn't seen the exhibition I will be at Daylesford next Saturday with my friend Sculptor Dave who is coming from Sydney to see it


  1. I have been looking through your blog, and will just sort of leave an all purpose comment, here...

    Well, dear Michael, at first I thought, "That is a brave convent indeed, showing Michael's lovely work, merging and juxtaposing traditional spiritual themes with/against lovely, homoerotic imagery!" Now I see that it used to be a convent. (Have they really turned the altar into a "relaxing bar?' Gracious. Wink. Heavens!) It all sounds very lush and grand.

    Neat that you have a monk and a bishop (I think it was) helping you in your artistic process and selection of work. That must have been upsetting that your piece was hung wrong side up! It all looks very exciting and wonderful. I am very happy for you and wish you all the best with your budding career. You deserve all the success and happiness in the world, since you have been so brave, hardworking, creative, and trusting. You have gone steadfastly on your artist path and are helping the world to see that eros, body, orientation and spirit are not separate, but connected, complimentary and one.

    I enjoyed reading about Blake in your blog. I love him, too. Your (re)interpretation of Caravaggio, Blake, Paul, and religious imagery is fascinating and vital. Three cheers for Michael, for his spirit, bravery and spontaneity... and for his important, relevant and new ways for 21st century moderns to look at traditional figures, ideas and images. You help us to see with new eyes, to lift (and make more porous) veils, and to remove scales from our eyes.

    The world changes, we change, and so must our ways of looking at things. Go you, dear Michael. Keep on creating!

    Merton :)

    1. You are such a good wordsmith merton I loved the way you have used the biblically inspired phrases on my blog posting

      You help us to see with new eyes, to lift (and make more porous) veils, and to remove scales from our eyes.

      I feel more talented and inspired just reading your commentary!

      I have dedicated a couple of works to you and to your husband- peaceful landscapes from my recent holiday on the sublime Great Ocean Road
      pax vobiscum and the next one aslo etcum spiritu tuo

  2. As a lapse catholic, I always appreciate your religious themes - wonderfully dynamic creation

  3. Thanks Edward I think we have taken responsibility for our own spiritual lives
    A great thing to do abandoning other formula e and seeking our own way