Monday, December 5, 2011

Elton Sails With Zachary & Buys Melbourne Art

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road singer Elton John totes his 11-month-old son Zachary around the harbor before boarding a yacht in Sydney, Australia on Friday (December 2). It looks the doting dad was pointing out some interesting sights to his infant son.

Elton was rocking a pair of bright green shorts, gray and green tennis shoes and a black zip front athletic jacket. And check out the pink pinky bling! Little Zachary was sporting a striped top, some shorts and enjoying the trip barefoot.

The pianist - who raises Zachary with his husband David Furnish - was in Sydney to celebrate World AIDS Day on Thursday (December 1), which aims to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. He is also trying to increase pressure levels on the ruling Labor party to reverse a national ban on same-sex marriages and encourage government officials to change the law.

- Celebrity Baby Scoop

Sir Elton John yesterday purchased three works from gay Melbourne artist Ross Watson’s current series.

One of the works was a portrait of UK soldier Lance Corporal James Wharton, who is gay and married to his male partner.

To celebrate World AIDS Day, John – who’s currently touring Australia – also received a gift set of Watson’s editions for the Elton John AIDS Foundation which continues to raise millions of dollars each year.

John will tonight appear at a reception for World AIDS Day 2011, during which the sails of the Sydney Opera House will be lit up by the star with federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner.

Watson’s current exhibition, titled Cycles&Sequences, celebrates the 25th anniversary of his artistic career, and opens December 6 at Depot Gallery in Dank St, Waterloo.

Celebrating positive gay role models continues to be important for Watson, who has formally painted Matthew Mitcham and Ian Roberts – both portraits now hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Lance Corporal James Wharton appeared on the front cover of the UK’s Armed Forces magazine in 2009, as a soldier who is openly gay.

Watson has painted Wharton alongside two Australian ‘digger’ soldiers who look out to sea.

As the subject of equal marriage continues to be discussed and debated in Australia, the painting refers to Wharton’s much publicised civil partnership with his partner, Thom McCaffrey.

Significantly, permission was given to host their wedding reception at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment’s Knightsbridge barracks in London.

A number of Watson’s limited edition works have been donated to Stonewall UK for fundraising in 2012.

- Star Observer

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