‘Salvatore draws feeling and that’s the rarest gifts of all, he draws like an angel’.
This film tells the life story of Salvatore Zofrea, one of Australia’s great painters.
This is an intimate portrait of a remarkable Australian artist whose journey has taken him from war torn Italy as a child, to his search for a new life in Australia. Adolescence, loss, and discovery are all part of this coming of age in a new land where Salvatore discovers his great skills as an artist.
From his studios in Sydney and the Blue Mountains to his birthplace in Southern Italy, we follow Salvatore’s story as he creates ‘Morning Light’, a monumental artwork, 100 foot long, reminiscent of Monet’s panoramas that he did at the end of his life. ‘Morning Light’ is one of Australia’s most epic artworks.
Zofrea's most recent discovery is his experience of an ‘epiphany of the Australian light and a new way of seeing’. ‘As a migrant it took me a long time for the seed to open inside me’. It took fifty years and finally led to larger and larger works, most recently ‘Morning Light’ his 100 foot long panorama of the Australian bush, capturing the native flora and the Morning Light in minute detail.
Two years in the making, this spectacular panorama is of such beauty and epic scale it defies expectations about contemporary art. For Salvatore, it became a race against time to complete this defining and wondrous work which was finally hung in the Australian Galleries in Sydney before being sold to a Collector in the United States for an undisclosed figure.