Chris Pelchen is a self taught Melbourne based Artist.
He spent his early days growing up in country Victorian; Harrow, Portland, Tatura, Mildura; and Moved to Melbourne in 1975. He was influenced by the surrounding and begun painting and drawing from an early age, drawing inspiration from the likes of Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Fredrick McCubbin and numerous others.
With a natural flair with a brush he became an award winning traditional Hand Signwriter worked with some amazingly gifted craftsmen. He established his own business in the late 80’s which is still operating today.
Chris reignited his passion for painting again in 2007 and followed this with Life drawing and Portrait paint courses at the CAE.
Living in Prague for a few years, he studied Illustration and Life drawing at Prague College in 2011, while painting at a local Czech studio with an array of different mediums, materials, techniques and the location.
Naturally different influences were going to make an impact.
This exhibition features Landscapes from scenery photographed by Chris in Africa in 2018. The landscapes are large and dramatic, painted with Acrylics and Oils.
The Acrylic paint used is designed for the signage industry, and has more pigmentation than normal acrylics and brings out the brilliance of the colours.
The McCubbin Gallery has works done past and present. Still Live / Portraits / Landscapes and workshop painting from the studio below, under the guidance of Gregory Smith.
'There is something magical about painting, whatever the subject, whatever the medium'
We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.