Thursday, September 23, 2010

Artist Profile - Phil Goatcher (Thursday, 23/09/2010)

Within the myriad arcades winding throughout the streets of Melbourne enfolded within the historic architecture is one arcade called "The Block".  Originally built in 1892, architect David C. Askew created one of the most beautiful arcades in Melbourne - complete with lavish fittings from the mosaic tiled flooring, wrought iron finishings, timber shop fronts, elaborate leadlight windows and glass canopies, this historically significant building is a testament to the Victorian mannerist style.

In 1907, scenic artist - Philip Goatcher decorated the ceiling of the Singer Sewing Machine premises. The paintings were lost until "The Block" underwent renovations and the paintings were re-discovered!  Philip Goatcher is my children's Great, Great Grandfather (on their fathers side) and I recently visited a beautiful dress shop "Chelsea" within "The Block" which are the current hosts of the "Goatcher" paintings. It was a pleasure watching my daughters face as she discovered the talents within her heritage.

Here is an example of his work on the ceiling of Chelsea within "The Block".

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