Gates Art: Drewfus
For as long as he can remember Drewfus has had a passion for all of the Arts and Sciences. At school he won first prizes in the State Maths Talent Quest in both year 11 and year 12, and at U.W.A. obtained B.Sc. (First Class Honours) and a Ph.D. in Physics, whilst at the same time taking an active interest in Painting , Writing, Music, Philosophy, Spirituality and issues of Peace and Justice.
Since 1982 Drewfus has become one of W.A.'s best known artists (having won over 150 Art Awards) mostly for landscapes and seascapes suffused with light and colour, although he still keeps his other interests alive.It is his personal ambition that his paintings move people in the way that the greatist music can.
He is also possibly W.A.'s foremost portrait painter, having been commissioned to paint official portraits of numerous Australians, including: Australian High Court and Supreme Court Judges, State Chief Justices, Professors, Governors, Sporting Identities, School Principals, and prominent Business People.
He has also been 5 times a finalist in the biennial Moran National Portrait Prize (the World's richest portrait prize), the only West Australian to have done so.
Drewfus, Chelinay (also an artist) and their 4 children live in Darlington W.A., and hold Exhibitions at least once a year. They also hold Art Workshops several times a year.
Gates Art: ChelinayChelinay became a professional artist in 1983 and quickly establiherd a name for herself for her bold impressionist works ---winning numerous Art awards. With Drewfus, she went on many art adventures to remote and beautiful parts of the world in search of subject matter.
She is particularly talented at plein air gouache painting for which she has a unique ability to handle tricky, translucent atmospheric effects. Since 1996 Chelinay has largely devoted herself to the study and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine and hypnotism, but has recently taken time out to paint a series of little gems in gouache and oils.