THE MONTHLY – 20/10/2017

I opened my inbox and found an e-mail from the editor of The Monthly (the famous australian magazine).  He was asking me for the painting I did of the Sidney Opera House.
He told me that the main article of the next number was going to be about the building, and that they wanted to use the image of the painting for the magazine cover. I didn’t hesitate and let them use it.

this is not a pipe
René Magritte, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe”

The title of the article was: “This is not an opera house.” and they wanted to make reference to one of my favorite surrealist painter, René Magritte. The idea was to use the concepto of the painting called “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (This is not a pipe.). So I let them cut the figure of the painting so they could replicate Magritte’s style.


Sidney Opera House oil painting
SIDNEY OPERAH HOUSE, “oil on canvas”, 2017 Private commission.


The article starts off with John Malkovich reviews about the opera house and how it is not at all a building designed for opera. Here’s the link to the article if you are interested. The Monthly “This is not an opera house”.