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Salvatore Zofrea - Master of Light

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Salvatore Zofrea - Master of Light


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‘Salvatore draws feeling and that’s the rarest gifts of all, he draws like an angel’.

This film tells the life story of Salvatore Zofrea, one of Australia’s great painters.

This is an intimate portrait of a remarkable Australian artist whose journey has taken him from war torn Italy as a child, to his search for a new life in Australia. Adolescence, loss, and discovery are all part of this coming of age in a new land where Salvatore discovers his great skills as an artist.

From his studios in Sydney and the Blue Mountains to his birthplace in Southern Italy, we follow Salvatore’s story as he creates ‘Morning Light’, a monumental artwork, 100 foot long, reminiscent of Monet’s panoramas that he did at the end of his life. ‘Morning Light’ is one of Australia’s most epic artworks.

Zofrea's most recent discovery is his experience of an ‘epiphany of the Australian light and a new way of seeing’. ‘As a migrant it took me a long time for the seed to open inside me’. It took fifty years and finally led to larger and larger works, most recently ‘Morning Light’ his 100 foot long panorama of the Australian bush, capturing the native flora and the Morning Light in minute detail.

Two years in the making, this spectacular panorama is of such beauty and epic scale it defies expectations about contemporary art. For Salvatore, it became a race against time to complete this defining and wondrous work which was finally hung in the Australian Galleries in Sydney before being sold to a Collector in the United States for an undisclosed figure.

 

Inspired by Da Vinci, Salvatore Zofrea is a 3 times winner of the prestigious Sulman Art Prize and has been a finalist in the Archibald and Wynne many times. His work is featured in some of the worlds most important collections and he has been awarded the Medal of Order of Australia and an Italian knighthood for his services to art in Australia.

As with all great artists, Salvatore has created a remarkable self portrait of his life, drawing and painting all the significant stages of his life. His three major life projects have been his ‘Psalms of Life’ series of 150 paintings which he began after recovering in hospital from a fatal illness which nearly killed him. Secondly, his ‘Appassionata’ series of 100 woodblocks describing his early life in Italy and arriving in Australia.

Thirdly, his most recent discovery in which he experiences an ‘epiphany of the Australian light and a new way of seeing’. ‘As a migrant it took me a long time for the seed to open inside me’

About the filmmakers:

Director – Richard Mordaunt

Producers – Richard Mordaunt, Kim Mordaunt, Diana Barbara

Richard Mordaunt is one of Australia’s most experienced documentary film-makers with 40 years experience producing feature documentaries in Australia and the UK. Throughout the 60s and 70s, using the first lightweight cameras, he photographed and directed award winning documentaries in the UK. House of the Rising Sun, Voices, Sweet Soul Music, Ireland Behind the Wire, Seeds of a New Life.

In 1979 he moved to Australia with his partner Diana Barbara and they continued to make documentaries for the Australian and International market. 

 

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