Christophe Borrel Ducroz: en plein air

~ Michelle Saleeba

In 2017 Christophe Borrel Ducroz participated in the Portrait of a Veteran project. He had as he describes it, "the great honour of painting Peter Aspinall", the State President of the RSLWA. This was an incredible project run by Comet Bay College, a school with strong ties to the Australian Defence community and supported by the RSLWA. Last year Army Art was pleased to have Christophe as a major exhibitor who generously donated the proceeds from the sale of his beautiful work "Pinky Bay, Rottnest Island" to assist our defence charity fundraising.

Army Art exhibition of contemporary australian artists and artwork for community arts engagement held at Leeuwin Army Barracks
Army Art Exhibition 2018

Christophe's painting Pinky Bay Rottnest Island on display at Army Art 2018

I caught up with Christophe for a chat after the exhibition last year, just as he was heading off to France for a painting trip and to explore exhibition and representation opportunities around his beloved Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.

Having served in the French national service, Christophe has a sound understanding of what it is like to serve in the military and transition back to the civilian world. The mission of our 2018 beneficiary Working Spirit to assist Australian veterans to establish themselves in civilian careers, resonated with Christophe, who has not only built a new career but in some ways a new identity since leaving the French military. For Christophe that has included relocating to a new country, establishing a successful Perth f