Macs Artist Profile: Giovanni Carrus
Giovanni Carrus is well known for both his art and his cheerful outlook. A MACS member of 15 years, Giovanni enjoys a busy retirement; working on paintings and looking after his land near Central Tilba. Visitors to Giovanni’s home delight in wonderful balcony views of Mt. Dromedary, eating delicious pizza, before browsing, wide-eyed, through his studio gallery which is bursting with colourful oil paintings.
Many works feature scenes from the Cinque Terre area, on the coast of northern Italy; his hometown, to which he often returns. Others feature his adopted country of Australia, where he arrived with wife and family in 1969.
Giovanni put electronic skills learned while working in Germany for 10 years were put to good use on arrival in Australia in a technical job that had him travelling between Campbelltown and Bega for many years. It was while watching tourists painting the coastal scenery of Monterosso which first inspired Giovanni to develop his artistic eye. This new vision was easily captivated by the beauty of the Tilba area in his adopted Australia.
He bought acreage near Tilba before retiring and now his home is a sanctuary for visiting family – children, grand-children and great grandchildren – and many friends from Italy. Giovanni actively supports other regional artists and has been tireless MACS member in helping to run the Open Easter Exhibition. Recently, he donated a valuable painting to the Disability Trust in Eurobodalla to help fund their art teachers, and also a painting to the MACS Boat’s Afloat Art Exhibition coming up in November. Thank you Giovanni for your long term contributions to the local art scene in MACS and the generous sharing of your strong artistic talent.