Acclaimed artist donates oil painting to Mayoral Ball

RENOWNED Queensland artist Rick Everingham has donated a stunning oil painting, valued at $16,000, to this year’s Sunshine Coast Mayoral Ball which will be held on Saturday October 13.

Tony Gill, director of Art on Cairncross, where Rick’s stunning artwork is represented said Mr Everingham pays homage to his time living in Tuscany where he absorbed the Italian lifestyle, attracted to Italy’s history, culture and light which gave rise to an ongoing delightful series of paintings.

“During a decade living as a local in Tuscany, Rick was immersed in the very life he portrays in his art to share with others and he was able to expand his artistic skills yet further, even starting sculpting in bronze and marble,” Mr Gill said.

“There is no doubt that Rick is one of our more popular artists whose work we display in our gallery, his body of work is extensive and this year he celebrated his 48th year as a professional artist and has undertaken over 100 solo exhibitions.

“I anticipate there will be very strong bidding for his piece which is titled Mask Window, Venice.

“It is a 120cm x 120cm oil on Italian linen and a spectacular piece which will be a welcome addition – and a fine investment for its new owner,”he said.

Sunnykids president Karen Neuendorf has long been a collector of Rick Everingham’s paintings and she was delighted to be able to include his artwork into the limited number of items included in the Mayoral Ball auction.

“It’s great to have an internationally respected artist like Rick offer a rare and prestigious painting to help raise important funds for Sunnykids. All of the tables at this year’s event are totally sold out so I am very confident that there will be strong bidding on the night,” Karen said.

Mr Everingham’s other artworks are currently displayed at Art on Cairncross near Maleny and can be viewed from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am.

For more information about the Mayoral Ball please visit www.sunnykids.org.au