Welcome to my website.
I am a painter of life around me. That means cities, galleries and urban life. The
sublime glimpsed from ordinary places is important to me. But I am also interested
in ideas and the history of Western art and architecture – these too find a place
in my works.
I have travelled extensively for business and pleasure and a sketchbook is always close
at hand. I have been privileged to meet many of Australia and the world’s political
leaders, scientists and policy advisers and their images also appear on this site.
I trained part time at the Queensland Technical College and with teachers including Betty
and Roy Churcher, Jon Molvig, Andrew Sibley and Melville Heysom. Peter Kennedy,
Mike Parr and Mervyn Moriarty were Brisbane contemporaries.
I have exhibited in Canberra since 1984 with my most recent solo exhibitions at M16 Gallery in Griffith and the Solander Gallery, Yarralumla. My works are held in private, government and corporate
collections in Australia and overseas. My last exhibition was at M16 Gallery opening on 17 September 2015.
While I have painted for 50 years, and now paint full time, I was better known in public life as an economist,
policy adviser and consultant. I was made a Member of the Order of Australia for
contribution to national economic reform in 1995 and an Officer of the Order in
Please contact me if you wish to discuss any of the works,
or just to talk about art.
Roger Beale AO