May I invite you to visit The 2012 Banyule Contemporary Art Fair at the Banyule Arts Space in Melbourne from 23 May – 20 June 2012.
The event has been curated by Banyule Art Collection Curator, Claire Watson.
Prints, ceramics and jewellery by eight artists including myself are on show for your viewing pleasure.
I have eight works on exhibition (a painting and prints) produced between 2008-2012.
So if you are out and about around Ivanhoe drop on by and get yourself a dose of culture!
PS: From now on I will be posting on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month – thanks for staying tuned!
‘People tend to forget that play is serious.’
Theodor is one of my favourite prints that I have made.
For me he encapsulates the essence of a cheeky guy up for a bit of fun.
Theodor was inspired by an eclectic mix of things I fancy:
These little fella’s pictured are from the Guide Dogs Victoria website.
A couple of my relatives had Labradors for pets and I adored playing with them.
One of the best rock and roll bands ever.
They were fronted fantastically by the swanky Bon Scott, from 1974-1980, until his unfortunate demise.
Master tattooist and all round purveyor of cool.
After Theodor was finished I thought he needed a gang so I made him some friends – Crazy Daisy and The Duke.
A pretty smooth crew if I do say so myself!
It was an honour to make a portrait of Andy’s dog, Joan “Jett” Lang, for this purpose.
The artwork was inspired by Joan, and her rockin’ namesake Joan Jett.
Further inspiration came from the album title Cut Sleeves, which is a reference to the denim stylings of the funkalicious Afrika Bambaataa.
Add a pinch of Tahiti Felix tattoo flavour and it’s all good.
And here is the finished product by yours truly.
To finish, enjoy this clip for the ditty Dirty Bomb by Bits of Shit featuring the lovely Joan “Jett” Lang.
Let me introduce you to a few of my favourite things to check out on the web…
Charlie Rose engages thinkers, artists, entertainers, scientists and other newsmakers in one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions.
Fine Cell Work trains prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework.
Nicholas Bate shares a unique creative approach to business through words and images.
Cute Overload is the destination for all things cute!
The Ed Paschke site celebrates the work of this awesome painter of brilliant and dark pictures.
(Beware: a bit of cheeky self promotion following!)
For those interested in learning something new check out my website for information on printmaking and drawing classes I run at my studio in Melbourne.
‘All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.’
- Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)
Please join a tour of the creative thought process that lead to my series of prints titled Borneoids.
Borneo, the third largest island in the world.
The mysterious island lends it name to quite a few modern wild man myths such as Hiram and Barney Davis (aka Waino and Plutano) who were transformed into the Wild Men of Borneo earning a great sum of money as side show stars.
Kuching is the capital of Sarawak, Borneo and is also known as Cat City.
Cat City is riddled with wacky cat sculptures as well as real life felines nosing around.
The Dayak are the native people of Borneo.
The Dayak are traditionally animist in belief and their tattoo designs are sophisticated stylisations of flora and fauna.
One particulary impressive plant native to Borneo is the Rafflesia.
The Iban in particular are a heavily tattooed branch of the Dayak peoples of Borneo.
Part of Omi’s side show schtick was claiming to have been captured and tortured via tattooing in New Guinea.
Actually he was inked by the ‘King of Tattooists’, George ‘Professor’ Burchett.
Who doesn’t love a black and white patterned animal?
Be sure to check out this mesmerising little clip of The Great Omi.
‘The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work.’
- Émile Zola (1840-1902)
Previously I have posted about my studio in the Mercator Building at the Abbotsford Convent.
In this post I thought I would give you a glimpse inside the studios of my talented and industrious neighbours.
Studio MG1 is the workshop of Phoebe Porter, a creator of stylish contemporary jewellery.
When I dropped in to see Phoebe she was completing work on a pair of commissioned wedding rings.
You can see the finished result on Phoebe’s facebook page.
Studio MG5a is the workspace of Pip Davey, who creates evocative pictures in oil paint and encaustic.
When I visited Pip she was working on a series of encaustic paintings inspired by recent travels.
Pip is also organising a group exhibition that will take place during August and September 2012 at the Abbotsford Convent. The show will include paintings by Pip, jewellery by Phoebe and prints by myself, as well as work by other artists from the Mercator Studios. I will let you know more about the event in future.
To finish here is what was happening in my studio on this day.
I spent the day hand colouring a linocut edition for an Australian + USA print exchange folio and exhibition project organised by artists and lecturers, Melanie Yazzie (University of Colorado, USA) and Rodney Forbes (Monash University, AUS).
If you have a particular interest in artists studios and listening to artists talk about their work I highly recommend the PBS documentary series Art21.