The Outback is such a wonderful place and all credit to those who worked so hard to establish and maintain properties. While practices change in the way land and stock are managed, this is a vital part of Australian history – a living place showcasing how life was and in many cases still is, in the bush. This is what I hope to portray in my work.
Tom McAulay was born in Innisfail, North Queensland and as a youth studied under Arthur Evan Read and Andrew Sibley. He has been a professional artist his entire life and works in most mediums including oils, acrylics and gouache and has become well-known for his pen and wash or charcoal studies of the bush and stockyard characters.
He has travelled extensively throughout the Australian Outback collecting subject matter for his art, especially on more remote stations with stockmen. During the sixties, seventies and eighties he frequently went on art safaris with other artists including Rex Backhaus-Smith and on to areas as diverse as Kakadu and the Kimberley region of WA, both of which continue to provide inspiration. As a young man he played football, water polo, badminton & swimming his enjoyment of sports added boxing and horse racing to his portfolio and in 1990 Tom completed a series of paintings of Australians in sport commissioned by the Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.
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