Celebrating Mary MacKillop
“My Childhood Vision of Mother Mary MacKillop galloping past the Alpha Convent bringing more Joeys to Central Western Queensland” was painted in 1994 for the exhibition “Mother Mary: A Tribute” held at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney to celebrate the beatification of Mother Mary MacKillop announced by Pope John-Paul II in Sydney in 1995.
Until now there hasn’t been any print made of this acclaimed painting other than a postcard commissioned by the Alpha/Jericho Shire Council. A high quality giclee print edition on watercolour paper, personally signed by me as the artiat, is now available.
The original painting from 1994 hangs in the office of St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane generously on loan from its owner, a private collector. This painting was viewed and discussed by Pope John-Paul II in 1995 at the Powerhouse Museum, where it won second prize in the exhibition Mary MacKillop: A Tribute. This exhibition celebrated the beatification of Mother Mary MacKillop announced by Pope John-Paul II during his visit to Australia that year.
A second version of the painting, known as the Madrid Version is in the Parliament House Collection, Canberra. The Madrid Version was painted in 1995 for exhibition in Spain in 1996 at ARCO, an international artfair.
The original painting was made in 1994 and is unusually similar to a portrait of Kylie Minogue made by the French photographers Pierre et Gilles a year later in 1995.
Priny available on the Merchandise page