For as long as he can remember Drewfus has had a passion for all of the Arts and Sciences. He obtained a BSc in Maths and Physics with first class honours and a PhD in physics at UWA. Whilst at the same time taking an active interest in painting, writing, philosophy, spirituality and issues of peace and justice.
For a while he lectured university level physics whilst he pursued his art more seriously. The transition from maths and physics to art as his main occupation at its roots was a growing conviction that there were more important truths to be discovered and to be lived, that were to do with beauty, feeling and spirit. Furthermore these concepts underpin art at it’s very finest.
Since 1982 Drewfus has become one of WA’s best known artists usually painting oils, pastels and watercolours and in a wide variety of subjects. His use of light colour and symbolism is intended to allude to the wonder and mystery behind the physical world however subtle.
In 2001 Drewfus was severely burned whilst on an art trip to a remote aboriginal group in the Gibson Dessert in Central Western Australia. Despite burn to over 50% of his body and losing some of his fingers and toes miraculously he survived even after 17 days in a coma. Even as he was being burnt he consciously sacrificed his left hand to save his right and vowed that if he survived he would be a really great artist. The numinous experiences he had in the coma he knew in some way had greatly expanded his consciousness and would further influence his art.