17 Feb Paul Margocsy
Paul was born in August 1945. As a child he loved to draw but had no formal training or direction. After school he started window dressing at Myer in Melbourne. He was called up for two years in 1966 as a conscript and served one year overseas in the army.
In 1971 he went to England and spent three years travelling and working. Married in Australia in 1974, he began painting murals for children’s nurseries. In 1978 he became engrossed in wildlife art. After much research into ornithology and through self-taught efforts and experiments he started to “get the hang of it”. A few years later he became a member of ‘The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia’ and the very next year won first prize for the best painting.
Since that eventful exhibition many things began to formulate: Paul was included in a book launch in 1990 featuring 70 of the best living traditional artists in Australia. He also had a book published on his own paintings. Australia Post commissioned him in 1991 to do a water bird series of stamps and he was subsequently commissioned by the United Nations to paint a series of endangered species in 1994, which was released in Vienna.
Paul has had solo exhibitions in London and Japan, six solo shows in America and two at the exclusive ‘Raffles’ Hotel in Singapore, making his international career blossom. To be chosen to exhibit at the prestigious ‘Leigh Yawkey Woodson Birds In Art’ show in America (80 selected from over 3500 entries) was a “feather in his cap”. He was chosen two years running in 1995 and 1996. Paul was honoured with a fellow membership to ‘The Wildlife Art Society Of Australasia’ for services to the society and wildlife art. In 2006, he became the first Australian wildlife artist to have a solo exhibition in Hong Kong. In 2009 he released his second book ‘Away With The Birds’.
His love for painting, with that of his wife, son and daughter make him a truly contented artist.
I consider myself very lucky that I am able to portray nature in such a way that the public enjoy it just as much as I do painting it. Having been a wildlife artist for 35 years, I continue to be amazed at the things I am still learning. I endeavour to give my subjects different characters and expressions. Movement is essential in the way I show the emotions of birds and animals. Most people who view my work do not believe that I have used watercolour. I try to explain to them that it is the medium but not the technique. I am blessed with a photographic memory and only have to look at a subject for a few moments and I can capture it in my memory bank. It is here where I transform the image into a composition. To say that I love what I do would be an understatement and to see the response I get from those who like my work is a wonderful feeling. Back to the drawing board.