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Youcef Abdi

Youcef Abdi

100_036879cm x 61cm (30″ x 24″)

Oil on canvas board. Phillip Carrero 2009
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Youcef began his athletics career over 800m and at the 1996 World Junior Championships in Sydney, representing his native Algeria.

Since then he has made Australia his home and progressed over distances, stepping up to 1500m and the 3000m steeplechase. He enjoyed some successes over 1500m, winning a Commonwealth bronze medal in 2002 and Australian title in 2004. Since moving up to the 3000m steeple, he has become Australia’s second fastest man, won the 2006 national title and made his Olympic debut in Beijing 2008, where he finished sixth in the final.

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)