Melbourne artist Roy Maloy was in Rochester last week at the opening of his exhibition, A Show of Hope.By Elaine Cooney
Melbourne artist Roy Maloy spoke about his journey as an artist at Rochester’s Oppy Museum last week.
His exhibition, ‘A Show of Hope’, gave an insight into Mr Maloy’s life as a circus performer, with 13 paintings of circus tents and performances.
Mr Maloy spoke to the audience
He told them about his upbringing as a ‘‘Salvation Army kid’’ living in 23 countries before he was 13 years old.
Ten per cent of the exhibition’s proceeds will go to Campaspe CWA’s domestic violence awareness projects.
Campaspe CWA secretary Helen Christie said the group ran a series of seminars about domestic violence across the state and such funds would enable the group to continue their work.
Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison said he was delighted Mr Maloy used his contacts in Rochester who helped organise the exhibition.
‘‘It is an example of what you can achieve,’’ he said.
‘‘If the ladies are happy and healthy, then so are the men in their lives,’’ he said, referring to the domestic violence donation.
Rochester Secondary College art teacher Shelly Nichol said Mr Maloy gave the students valuable insight into the art industry.
She said they needed to study an alternative art venue for their studio art subject and the Oppy Museum was an ideal location.
Mrs Nichol said Mr Maloy’s paintings were similar to famous UK street artist, Banksy, who many of the students used as an inspiration for their folio work.
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