8 March 2018
Dr Gue's painting abilities will be on display when the Governor
of South Australia, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, opens his solo
art exhibition which will be fittingly held at the Royal
Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) building located in North
The exhibition, which will be launched on Friday 9 March, will
feature seventy of Dr Gue's paintings most of which have been
inspired by natural land and seascapes from across Australia and
the world. The majority of his paintings are done in oil with brush
and are layered with a palette knife to achieve a 3D effect.
He first discovered his passion for painting thirty-eight years
ago in Broken Hill after operating on the renowned Australian
artist, author and adventurer Jack Absalom, also known as the
'Brushman of the Bush'.
"Jack introduced me to the basics of oil painting and we became
lifelong friends. At that stage I had just migrated to Broken Hill
after completing my higher surgical training in England," Dr Gue
"I fell in love with the outback, the red earth and the blue
bushes. Unfortunately, my career as a surgeon hasn't allowed me to
spend as much time in these beautiful natural surrounds as I would
have liked, but by featuring them heavily in my art I feel as if I
am still in those peaceful surrounds."
Despite having no formal training in painting, Dr Gue's fine
motor skills that have been utilised to perform many delicate and
often life-saving surgical procedures are evident in the deft touch
and intricate detail demonstrated in his paintings.
"Painting for me has been a great way to relax away from the
busy and challenging life of surgery, which as you can imagine can
be quite stressful to say the least."
"I feel surgery is art and so is painting. Caring and creating
brings me not only joy, but fulfilment and unlimited happiness. For
me this is the greatest achievement one can acquire and deliver in
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