Doyle’s Mudgeeraba roots honoured

The Doyles, as it’s colloguially known, is an annual art event for both artists and art collectors established in 2004 and recognised nationally but taking place in Mudgeeraba. The primary category is landscape as D’Arcy William Doyle was a noted landscape artist, but what is his connection to the Gold Coast?

Doyle actually lived in Mudgeeraba for almost 30 years until his death in 2001. Starting out as a signwriter he developed great skills with a brush and in 1961 found the confidence to become an artist on a full-time basis.

D’Arcy worked in Sydney during the 1960s. His career progressed when the Belmore Returned Services Club of Sydney commissioned him to paint a mural on the club walls. This was so popular that he received many similar commissions from other clubs. Throughout the early 1960’s he studied the works of Sir Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Charles Conder. Although becoming accomplished in portraiture and still life, d’Arcy excelled in using everyday life as his subject matter. His work has been likened to the American Artist Norman Rockwell in that they both found inspiration in the ordinary and succeeded in capturing an essence of their nation’s spirit in their paintings. The pictures evoke emotions in the Australian viewer, memories recalled and old sensations relived, leading to him being Australia’s best selling artist since the early 1980’s. It was estimated that 1 in 10 Australian homes had one of his works in some form.

In 2001 local Mudgeeraba identity, Earle Hinschen was approached by several artists to do something for them in the area and so with the artist’s family’s permission, The Doyles was established in 2004.

It is now a nationally recognised event, with prize money totalling $17,500. The primary prize money is awarded in the Landscape category in keeping with the favoured subject of its namesake, to perpetuate his memory and to encourage others in the creation of quintessentially Australian art.

The venue at the Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall has enabled the 2015 Awards to incorporate a Junior D’Arcy Doyle Art Awards, live music, artists in residence and other entertainment for visitors and art lovers from 1 to 12 July 2015.

Tallai Country Golf Club will host the Doyle’s Sports Theme Art Awards and Boomerang Farm Golf Club will host the Doyle’s Art Sculpture Awards with both running until 12 July.

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