Contemporary realist painter Christopher McVinish is a master of light. It is essentially this element of his work which invites us to see the commonplace as special and suffused with potential. While McVinish’s urban landscapes tell intriguingly oblique narratives revealing contemporary life as a kind of half-remembered dream, his still life paintings convey a reverence for the Dutch Masters and draw attention to how memory and a sense of the divine can be evoked by ordinary objects. In recent years McVinish has garnered a significant profile for portraiture.
His portrait of actor Robyn Nevin, OA, was selected for the 2011 prestigious Archibald Prize, and another of actor Colin Friels, took out the 2013 Salon des Refuses Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award. McVinish’s art is represented in Australian public and university collections. His work is also held in numerous private collections in Australia and internationally.