In his own words’
“My full name is, Georges Maximilien Petit and I was born on the island of Java in Indonesia, my father is French and my mother is Dutch Indonesian.
From an early age, I have had a passion for drawing and painting and have been fortunate to have been exposed to many different countries and cultures I believe my career as an impressionist/contemporary artist has progressed and constantly changed due to this exposure
As a child I lived and studied in Holland followed by the family’s move to Brazil where I attended classes at the Faculdade the Bellas Artes and had my first two-man exhibition of traditional paintings with a fellow artist at the National Library de Santa Maria. We then moved to Australia and I continued studying art in Canberra, and later Interior Design and Art in Adelaide.
In1975 I returned to Canberra and accepted a position at the Australian National Gallery within the Conservation department, later becoming a section head and held that position for eight years. The experience was good and very interesting, and I was fortunate enough to get to know some of Australia’s great artists such as, Fred Williams, Christo, James Gleeson and many others.
At this time I continued my own artistic career having several one-man exhibitions and many group exhibitions with fellow artists Michael Salmon, Pro Hart, Ken Taber, Richard Bogusz, Hal Barton, John Guy, Leo Smaniotto and others.
Although I paint landscapes, seascapes and abstracts my first love is portrait painting. Through this I have met and painted many interesting and famous personalities, several of which I have entered into the Archibald and Doug Moran competitions. Well known public figures include Ric Robinson, Al Grassby, Iron Man Grant Kenny, Pauline Hanson, Paula Stafford, (in the Gold Coast Council collection) Phil McConnell and author Colleen McCullough Robinson .Colleen now has three of my portraits in her private collection.”
Georges work features in many corporate and private collections both here and overseas. At present his work is represented at various venues and galleries on the Sunshine Coast