Born in 1959, Michael-Francis Cartwright is an artist with a multifaceted practice and a wide ranging explorative approach. His sculptural works are expressed through harmonious layered forms that challenge our perceptions of what a sculpture can be and what it can tell us about the world we inhabit.
These works, ranging from the monumental to intimate in size, have an inherent feel of natures touch to them. Meaning the forms that Michael creates have the visual signs and tactility to suggest that they have been borrowed from the forests, mountains and seas around us. This sense of excavated natural form belies the craftsmanship and deep understanding of material quality that he possesses across marble and bronze.
Michael has ateliers in Correns, France, in Ponte a Serraglio, Italy and in Blairgowrie, Australia.
Michael is member of the Royal Sculpture Society and has exhibited extensively in Australia, Italy, France, Singapore, Hong Kong and Germany.
Cartwright’s creativity is spontaneous and his works exudes an ethos of balance and freedom. Whether it is sculpture, painting, drawing or printmaking, his work alternates between delightful play to a more serious exploration of man, nature and beauty. Cartwright lives between France, Italy and Australia with his artist partner, Shona Nunan. Recently they have created an international artist residency in their former home and studios in Tuscany, Italy. His new personal studios in the Nunan-Cartwright ateliers are in Correns, Provence, France.
A Portrait of Michael-Francis Cartwright
By Hugo Cavalier