Masterclass I
Stephen Joseph Burke and Asbjorn Lonvig

The Australia/Oceania Collection


"Sydney Opera House"

The architecture of this house is known worldwide, but did you know the architect is one of my Danish fellow citizens. Jorn Utzon is his name. However Utzon resigned from this job after 9 years of building. Since then, Utzon has never returned to Australia to see his famous building finished.
As Utzon was looking for an ideal refuge, he built the house "Can Lis" in 1972, with an extraordinary view to the sea. A house with huge windows without glass - inviting nature indoor.
Like Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Falling water in Bear Run, Pennsylvania - Utzon designed his gem "Can Lis" in Porto Pietro, on the Spanish island Mallorca.

I went into the opera house to see and hear a Spanish version of Carmen.
Carmen is a French opéra comique by Georges Bizet.

The opera premiered at the Opéra-Comique of Paris on 3 March 1875, but its opening run was denounced by the majority of critics.
It was almost withdrawn.
Bizet died on 3 June 1875, never knowing how popular Carmen would become.

The story is set in Seville, Spain, c. 1830, and concerns the eponymous Carmen, a beautiful Gypsy with a fiery temper. Free with her love, she woos the corporal Don José, an inexperienced soldier. Their relationship leads to his rejection of his former love, mutiny against his superior, and joining a gang of smugglers. His jealousy when she turns from him to the bullfighter Escamillo leads him to murder Carmen.

In the opera I sat together with my family behind a huge fat lady who had emptied  several bottles of perfume immediate before the performance. We endured the stench for a long, long first act.
A unanimous decision was made as soon as we reached the interval.
We left.
Our love to Utzon, to Carmen, to Bizet could not in any way overshadow the fat lady’s odour.

The keywords for my inspiration to “Sydney Opera House” thus was Utzon’s fantastic architecture in Sydney, Carmen and Georges Bizet, and Spain and Spanish.

"Sydney Opera House Blue"

See "Sydney Opera House" above

"Blue Kangaroo"

The kangaroo is a national symbol of Australia: its emblem is used on the Australian coat of arms, on some of its currency, as well as by some of Australia's best known organisations, including Qantas. The kangaroo is important to both Australian culture and the national image and consequently there are numerous popular culture references.
My inspiration is from a sign!
I have simplified it further. Several Australians have asked me to use the "Blue Kangaroo" for a company, a association etc.

"Butterfly Fish"

The "Butterfly Fish" is inspired by the Pig-Face Butterfly Fish.
It is found in the Indo-Pacific region from Sri Lanka to Queensland, north to Indonesia and the Philippines.
I saw it diving in the Great Barrier Reef near Dunk Island, south of Cairns in Queensland, Australia.

Asbjorn Lonvig, Denmark (*1949)

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Congratulations. Wonderful work!
Please, look my website: www.edprimo.hpg.com.br
Ed Primo
Sao Paulo

”Dear Master Lonvig (but after reading your biography and seen your wonderful Art, your name should be
"Loving"), thank you for your interest in participating  in this Feast of Culture and Art.”,
“………..are you sure you are not Italian?”
“…..I have no words to tell you how much I enjoyed your art presentation you sent me. I can tell you it would be an honour for us to have your works with us…”
prof. Giancarlo Alu
director of Mantena Museum
director of Mondial Art and Culture

Dear Asbjorn,
your work is really great!!!
I have gone through your portfolio and your other links too!!!!
Wish you happy creations!!!

Prakash Deshmukh

I love your work!
I have added a link to your site too under "Creative People"
Francesca Judd
New Zealand

I love your concept! Your art and your generosity of spirit.
 I am a concert pianist and am very committed to inner city kids in Hartford CT.
Sanda Schuldmann
Executive Director
Chamber Music Plus

I'm writing to you to tell you I like your work....the way you express the synthesis is very interesting
By the way..im an argentinian artist, if you have a minute i invite you to visit my site

María de la Vega
Buenos Aires

I'm speachless...wow you are creative and diligent:
o)....I like your stuff because the beauty is in simplicity..... Just a warm hello to Denmark from Germany

Gudrun Ploetz
Bad Nauheim

Hello Asbjorn,
All of your art and specially the Lucca Project are superb works of fine art.
I have enjoyed your art works with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm.
Best from

Anton Vogels
Dulwich Hill,
New South Wales

I was quite impressed with all the creativity here.
Keep up the good ART!
ART is needed everywhere.
Greetings from Portugal

Rod Costa

I have just found your site and found it so refreshing,

as have been looking for ideas for some paintings for my granddaughters  baby's room,
and it has giving me some ideas and I just want to keep it simple, as I get older.
Less is more seems to be the answer , keep up the good work.
Lee Pennington

Thank you.

Your color and amazing simplicity inspire me so madly.
I'm looking for a brush now!
Incredible, quiet, moving, loud, and awesome!
Randy Jacobs

I am a New York based artist. I work primarily in pastels, oils & watercolor.
I loved your web designs and art that I located through absolute arts! 
Is this to be another web magazine like absolute arts? 
Is it solely your own promotion?  It is GREAT!!!!  If it is ongoing, how do I subscribe? 
You have a linking option...I'm interested in it....please see my web site:
I wish you much success!!!  Are you interested in a NY publisher....
I know of one who may be interested in your work....maybe
All the best for  wonderful holidays!
Happy painting,
Ellen Fisch, BA in art from Brooklyn College - MA in art from New York University
Long Island
New York

Dear Asbjorn
Thank you for making me your official NY fan club!! (but please spell my name correctly...Ellen Fisch )....
I love reading your Art Blogs and think that you are an art FORCE!! 
Not only does your work encourage others with its eneryg, beauty and aethetic sensibility, but your writing is wonderful!! 
Every time I go to your web site (often) I get a mega dose of art fuel!! 
You are THE BEST!!
Warm Regards,
Fisch, BA in art from Brooklyn College
MA in art from New York University

Long Island
New York
PS I'm having a show of my work at the Jadite Gallery on West 50 Street in New York City. 
Opening is April 5.  If you are in New York, I hope you will stop by.  I would love to meet you in person!!

Dear Asbjorn:
Thanks for ordering another 25 artworks.  You account has been updated
to allow 75 artworks.  We are so glad you are excited about Gallery
Direct and decided to upgrade your account to allow display of more of
your genious artwork.
Dave Yelen
President and founder of Gallery Direct
Forty Fort

I just like to congratulate you and thank you for the fantastic art work
that you have created and exhibited.
Keep on creating!!!
Best regards,
Paul Lionakis

Dear Asbjorn Lonvig
Your website is truly colorful and fantastic!!
I entered the RSS in ArtistsBlog Headlines of artday.org.
Seiji Ueoka
Editor World ArtNews

I only have one word that best describes these books.
Thanks so much for the FREE downloads, they are very much appreciated.
Cecelia Routsaw
Grandmother of 15

Hi Asbjorn Lonvig
Thanks for forwarding – magnificent article… Thanks 

Bjarne Bækgaard
Communication manager
Aros Art Museum

Hi, your work is very powerful.
Your writings and work are very impressive.

Diane Leon
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Arts at New York University
New York