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23rd of August, 2019

Exhibition in Brisbane

 I have an exhibition of nine still life paintings and drawings at Lethbridge Gallery in Brisbane. It runs until the 22nd of September.





I recently returned from spending 10 weeks in Rome as the 2019 winner of the William Fletcher Fellowship Rome residency. I was staying as a fellow at the British School at Rome and spend each day drawing and painting from antique sculpture and architecture in museums and around Rome. An exhibition of my work from Rome will be happening next year, so stay tuned.



















I’m thrilled to have been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra to paint the portrait of Nicholas Paspaley Jr. the portrait is part of a big exhibition- 20/20, Celebrating 20 years with 20 new portrait commissions. Prominent Australians have been painted by 20 Australian artists selected by the gallery. The portrait will now be part of the NPG’s permanent collection. Here are some photos of last night’s VIP opening. Jessica Mauboy performed too. A great night.  Thanks @portraitau and @angustrumble for organising it all!





ROME SCHOLARSHIP - August 25th 2018


Andrew is delighted to announce that he has won the William Fletcher Rome Artist’s Residency! This means he will be spending 3 months next year in the eternal city, staying at the British School in Rome and making drawings and paintings.


Andrew is pictured with the patron Shane Simpson AM.


Andrew wishes to thank @julianashtonartschool for hosting the awards ceremony and a big thank you to all the judges and directors of  @thewilliamfletcherfoundation for the very generous opportunity.







Andrew’s ‘Self Portrait, lit from below’ was awarded Highly Commended in the Percival Portrait Prize at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville in April this year.




NEW CLASS IN BRISBANE  -  April 9th till 13th  2018


Book now for my 5 Day drawing workshop at Brisbane Painting Classes.  I will introduce students to an approach to drawing that has its roots in European academic tradition.


Each morning we will be working with plaster casts of antique sculpture and in the afternoons, drawing from a life model.


We will explore in depth aspects of drawing such as proportions, gesture, anatomy, light and shade, conceptualising form and perspective.  The aim will be to produce drawings that are proportionally accurate and naturalistic, with a solid understanding of structure, light and shadow.








Andrew's portrait of Sydney sculptor, Ayako Saito, has been included in the Archibald Prize 2017 Competition.


Archibald Prize 2017 Andrew Bonneau TitlePortrait of Ayako Saito Mediumoil on linenDimensions60 x 50 cm Ayako Saito is a sculptor whose works are inspired by the sensuality of the figure. Her large outdoor sculptures have been exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi on four occasions. Andrew Bonneau met Saito 18 months ago in Sydney. ‘We spoke about many things while I painted her portrait, including the challenges of art-making. She has an incisive mind, and her observations of Australian culture from a Japanese perspective were fascinating,’ he says. The portrait was painted from life in ten four-hour sittings over a couple of months, while the landscape background comes from a combination of imagination and previous plein-air studies. ‘My influences in making this painting include the Italian Renaissance and German Romanticism, but my underlying motivation was to capture something of Ayako’s presence through direct and patient observation,’ says Bonneau. Born in Tasmania in 1981, Bonneau graduated from the National Art School in 2003 and subsequently studied with Charlie Sheard and at the Grand Central Academy, New York. He has been a finalist in many art prizes including the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. He is the resident artist at Sydney Grammar School for 2017. This is his first time in the Archibald Prize. 

Link to Art Gallery of NSW


Cairns artist Andrew Bonneau named Archibald Prize finalist Danaella Wivell, The Cairns PostJuly 22, 2017 12:00am CAIRNS  artist Andrew Bonneau has put his best face forward as a finalist in the Archibald Prize. The Cairns artist said it was a long journey to get his portrait of friend and fellow artist Ayako Saito into the Archibald Prize. “I live here and Ayako lives in Sydney, so I had to take opportunities to go to Sydney to draw her and then paint her,” he said. “She sat for about four hours at a time, and we did about 10 of those sessions, so it’s a long time.” He then went the extra mile to achieve the portrait’s stunning realism. “I borrowed her clothes and put them on a mannequin here in Cairns to paint the clothes. The thing with painting is it’s best to work from life.” He said he went into the prize with no expectations. “This is the second time I’ve entered but the first time I’ve gotten in,” he said. “You never know what’s going to happen, so I try to never have expectations. I just try to do my best and let the judges do their work.”

Cairns Post   22 July 2017

Cairns Post Link


Weekend Australian article PDF


Archibald Prize 2017 at the Art Gallery of NSW: farewell to men in suits  John McDonald     SYDNEY MORNING HERALD …………..         This year may not be the most dynamic of Archibald Prizes but it is notable for a very solid group of small-to-medium-sized works by artists such as Andrew Bonneau, Keith Burt, Ashley Frost, Andrew Lloyd Greensmith and Natasha Walsh. Greensmith's subject, Eileen Kramer, is 102 years old. Natasha Walsh, who says that portraiture allows her to explore her own "mortality", is 23.       ………….. 

Link to Sydney Morning Herald story



SOLO EXHIBITON  -  Recent Paintings and Drawings

Opening Night 5.30pm till 8.00pm

31st March

Sydney Grammar School

College Street, Sydney





The workshops for this year are:


Still life painting workshop - Brisbane Painting Classes, 26th - 28th of May 2017.  CLICK HERE




Cairns ArtEscape 2017, Portrait painting workshop, 24th - 28th of July.  CLICK HERE




Portrait painting workshop - Brisbane Painting Classes1st - 3rd of September 2017.  CLICK HERE



Andrew teaches workshops at various times throughout the year.  Check here regularly for details.



Students painting in one of Andrew's recent 3 day portrait workshops at Brisbane Painting Classes






Andrew has been advised he is a finalist in the 2016 Moran Portrait Prize with his painting 'Self Portrait at Clifton Beach' .  The exhibition opens in Juniper Hall, in Paddington, Sydney on the 27th of October.




The Travelling 2015 Moran Portrait Prize Finalists Exhibition including Andrew's painting of the 'Artists Mother' will be in Cairns along with the other 2015 finalists at the Cairns Regional Gallery from the 19th of November.

Andrew's Solo Exhibition also at the Cairns Regional Gallery will open on the 16th of November and includes 25 paintings and drawings from recent years.



6.00pm, 23rd of November 2016, Cairns Regional Gallery



Andrew will also be giving a talk about his work and influences at the Cairns Regional Gallery on the 10th of December, 2016 at 2:00pm.




WORKSHOP at Cairns Regional Gallery - 26th and 27th of November, 2016.


Portrait drawing on toned paper-

Students will create one portrait drawing from life over two afternoons using toned paper, graphite pencil and white chalk.

This technique is a good way of achieving a broad tonal range and sense of volume with minimal labour.

Emphasis will be on an accurate likeness, an understanding of light and shade and a sense of proportion.


Please contact the Gallery to book.  Cairns Regional Gallery













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