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> Acclaimed Melbourne expressionist painter, Richard Morrison catches cabaret artist John Michael Swinbank’s colourful spirit

bowtieNews from MIRAGE MAKERS: Melbourne artist Richard Morrison has painted a portrait of John Michael Swinbank from his Far East cabaret days.

“I took to wearing a ‘pink’ tail coat in the 1990s when touring South East Asia, in particular China and Hong Kong, where the colour red is considered very lucky. Well, rather luckily, it caught the attention of Johnny Walker Scotch who sponsored the show. I love Morrison’s work and his rather fauvist use of colour. The red coat is just the departure point for this piece. I believe he has caught the spirit and the glint of those wonderful days.” – John Michael Swinbank.

Richard Morrison is represented by the Jackman Gallery in Melbourne. Visit them at


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