Painted by Auguste Blackman, born in 1957 is an Australian painter and printmaker. The son of Charles and Barbara Blackman, he continues the creative legacy of his celebrated parents. Blackman’s figurative expressionist work is recognised by it’s bold use of colour and playful narrative. His reinterpretation of his environment allows the viewer to see through his eyes and offer a unique and fresh perspective to the world which surrounds us.
The bat has been signed by his father Charles Blackman and mother Barbara Blackman, children and grandchildren. Charles Blackman is regarded as one of the most original and significant figurative painters in Australian art. He lived in London for six years after winning the Helena Rubenstein Scholarship in 1960, and his work was included in the Whitechapel Open Exhibition in 1961 and in the Tate Gallery exhibitions of Australian art in 1962-1963. Barbara Blackman is an author, music-lover, essayist, librettist, letter writer and patron of the Arts. Former wife of Charles Blackman, she worked for many years as an artist’s model. She has conducted countless interviews for the National Library of Australia’s oral history program. In 2006, Blackman was presented with the Australian Contemporary Music 2006 Award for Patronage.