Eliadis and Asclepius
About the artist
Luke Roberts studied at the Queensland College of Art and received his Masters of Fine Art from Queensland University of Technology in 2001. He has had two solo shows at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. His portrait of Mary MacKillop was a prizewinner in Mary Mackillop: A Tribute, Powerhouse, Sydney. The portrait now hangs in the Diocesan Centre at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane. He has been a finalist in both the Archibald Prize and the Moran Prize. In 1996-97 Roberts was the Australian Fellow at MoMA PS1, New York, and an Australian representative in the 13th Biennale of Sydney (2002) and the 2nd Asia-Pacific Triennial (1996). Roberts has received major public art commissions form the BBC and the Queensland Government. In 2019 his work featured in The National at Carriageworks and AGNSW. His work is represented in major galleries throughout Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia, as well as internationally, including the Renia Sofia, Madrid.
About the sitter
Dr Paul Eliadis is a clinical haematologist and oncologist, a patron of the arts, philanthropist, associate professor at Bond University and benefactor of UQ’s endowed Chair of Classics and Ancient History. In 1988, he helped establish The Wesley Clinic for Haematology and Oncology, today known as Icon Cancer Centre, the largest and most progressive provider of haematology and oncology day services in Australia. As a philanthropist, Dr Eliadis has been an avid supporter of medicine, the arts and the classics through The Eliadis Foundation. In 2018 he donated the complete archive of Easton Pearson to the Museum of Brisbane. Dr Eliadis has been collecting art since the late 1980s and he has supported the artists in multiple ways, including taking them to dinner. He has donated to the Griffith University Art Collection and the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. His Paul Eliadis Collection of Contemporary Art is spread over his home but as a collector he enjoys providing works so others can benefit, lending to galleries across Australia.