Art exhibition of Nunan-Cartwright
We are two Australian artists, Michael Francis Cartwright and Shona Nunan, who have been together for over thirty five years. Our studios are in Provence, France and Tuscany, Italy. We have been sculpting, drawing and painting since we were children following in the footsteps of our fathers who were painters, but I think we could say that our total commitment to our art came when we went to Carrara, Italy, in 1984, two years after leaving college and recently married. It was that point of no return. We had heard about Carrara and Pietrasanta being the mecca for sculptors. Michael’s old sculpture mentor, Stewart Ross who had been one of the assistants to Henry Moore, pointed us on our way, to be where the greats had been, along with Henry Moore, Michelangelo, Bernini, Marino Marini and many others who had lived and worked here.
We left behind us the security of family and friends, overjoyed to be free and following at last, our true path. It was a mecca. Arrived, transfixed, standing on the train station of Carrara, awestruck by the unbelievable marble mountains, the crevices cascading with marble debris. All around us were the great carving yards filled with marble and sculptures in the making, the streets rumbling with the huge trucks bearing massive blocks of stone. Dusty artists and artisans were all about us, walking the streets, downing espressos at the cafes, in the trattorias for lunch. It was a magical time.