The Basil Sellers Press Service International young writer program with Christian Today is celebrated each year with an art work by Tronson du Coudray — this year's art work is titled 'Slicing Thru'.
Each art work marks a philosophical idea of the young writers who comes from as far away as England, the West Indies, Canada, China, Mozambique, USA, PNG, South Africa … along with New Zealanders and Australians.
Tronson du Coudray has had his art highlighted over many years including a commissioned work, and one memorable trilogy, titled Sport Anguish.
His first gallery was in Moruya on the New South Wales south coast along with a $15,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize and in 2006 opened the Basil Sellers Tweed Art Studio in Tweed Heads. In 2013, he launched the Basil Sellers $2000 Midge Point Art Prize.
'Slicing Thru' is a philosophical expression of the nature of how the young writers slice through the issues with their clarity, expression, presence of mind and punch.
2013 — Young writer eyes
In 2013, the art work 'Eyes' by Tronson du Coudray presented an image of young writer’s bright and enthralling ideas.
The following year 2014 Tronson du Coudray created the art work 'Writer's Block' which also hangs in Basil Sellers Sydney art collection and it's uncomfortable image has witnessed many comments.
2014 — Writer's Block
The idea or philosophy behind 'writers block' is common enough and therefore this weird image has impressed.
2015 — Making a Splash
In 2015, Tronson du Coudray created another art work celebrating the young writers and this one was a philosophical piece highlighting how the young writers are constantly making a splash (as it were).
This art work's title was just that, 'Making a Splash'.
Indeed this is what they have done — made a splash. The young writers are published in Christian Today providing them a 'voice' in the market place of ideas.
Last year, 2016, the artwork painted by Tronson du Coudray for Basil Sellers and his Sydney collection was another philosophical piece illustrating something that every writer experiences. It was titled ‘Spilt Ideas’.
Who hasn't bumped their coffee mug or cuppa when at the key board? The spill spreads, often over the table or valuable papers, and it leaves a right proper mess. How might one paint that image of young writers working at their key board full of ideas and oops! The coffee is spilt.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html