Cuddled In

Cuddled in20″ x 16″. Oil on canvas board, Hyde Park, Sydney. Phillip Carrero.


Lunch hour at Hyde Park, tourists and office workers everywhere. This fellow comes and in two minutes he’s fast asleep.

Two oversized right-foot sneakers, two walking sticks and a brollie, all tied up by a dozen hankies and three sets of woolies.

Not safe in those cold side streets at night so a park bench in the middle of the day seems like the better option. — at Hyde Park.

By Phillip

Currans Hill artist Phil Carrero started as an impressionable 16 year old drawing charcoal portraits through the streets of Buenos Aires. He worked his way up from drawing to painting and begun to sell his works around that time. Coming to Australia in 1973 , at the age of 23, Mr Carrero continued his studies in Art and completed an apprenticeship for four months to get himself better acquainted with portraiture painting. Meanwhile, for almost ten years produced and sold many ship portraits and marine paintings. -After that I begun getting around 12 commissions a year for just portraits. That's the point when he begun to make a living out of painting-, he said. He paints in the Traditional, Realistic style ... English and Italian schools, his portraits can resemble the Grand Manner style of the 19th and 20th centuries in England and later, America. (extracted from "Artist has brush with thieves", Macarthur Advertiser, January 2004)