New Year Giveaway

 

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

 

Wishing you a wonderful 2013!

 

Rona Green_prints

 

To celebrate the new year it is my pleasure to present a giveaway.

Enter for a chance to win one of three ‘Rona Green bag and badges prize packs’.

 

Limited edition 'Tiago' bag by Rona Green

Shane showcasing one of Rona’s limited edition ‘Tiago’ bags

 

Freddie investigating a stockpile of Rona Green badges

Freddie investigating a stockpile of Rona Green badges

 

To enter the giveaway:

1. Be a follower of my blog

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2. Leave a comment on the blog about why you would like to win a prize pack

Click on ‘Comment’ at the top of this post

(Please note: comments may not appear immediately as they must first be moderated).

 

Entries close at 6.00pm EST on Sunday 6 January 2013.

Three lucky winners will be announced in a blog post on Sunday night.

You’ve got to be in it to win it!

 

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

 


Good things come in small packages

 

Beaver Galleries_Small works exhibition invite

 


Taking a line for a walk…

 

‘Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.’

- Paul Klee (1879-1940)

 

Paul Klee

 

Paul Klee, Der Held mit dem Flugel, 1905, etching

 

Paul Klee, Zwitschermaschine, 1922, monotype

 

‘There is no way to make a drawing – there is only drawing. Anything you can project as expressive in terms of drawing – ideas, metaphors, emotions, language structures – results from the act of doing. Drawing is a verb.’

- Richard Serra (b. 1939)

 

Richard Serra

 

Richard Serra, Lead Piece, 1968, lead

 

Richard Serra, Dreiser, 2010, paint stick on paper

 

On Saturday 28 July I had the pleasure of conducting a drawing workshop at Bendigo Art Gallery.

One of the workshop participants was Ann Jones, who has a morning show on ABC Radio.

Ann interviewed me for her morning show and you can see pictures of the workshop, read more about her experience, as well as listen to our conversation about drawing, via the ABC blog site by clicking here.

 

Rona Green, Ghost and Ghouls, 1994, monotype

 

Rona Green, Qazaq, 2011, ink and pencil on paper

 

I’ll leave you to enjoy a slice of the cross hatching King, Robert Crumb…

 

 


What’s going on

 

‘Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.’

- Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)

 

Iris Murdoch and John Bayley, writers, London, June 20, 1998 by Richard Avedon

 

I’ve got a bit going on at the moment.

The other day I was on the telly. I had been interviewed at the studio talking about my work for a TV program called Inside Art that airs on Channel 31 in Melbourne and Geelong. You can check out the interview on YouTube if you fancy:

 

 

Reference is made in the interview to my painting Bogeyman. He is one of my favourite characters.

 

Bogeyman, 2011, acrylic on canvas,  213.5 x 127 cm, by Rona Green, hanging out in the studio

 

Bogeyman was partly inspired by a love of the 1986 cinematic masterpiece Top Gun (which is compulsory viewing if you haven’t seen it already). Here is a taste for the uninitiated:

 

 

In particular the gawkishly endearing character Goose was an important touchstone for the creation of Bogeyman.

 

Goose and Maverick studying hard in Top Gun

 

Recently I have also popped up in the Blogosphere on Sounds Like Noise, the blog of sensational Jay-Dea Lopez.

Jay-Dea has created an evocative soundscape to aurally compliment my painting Greasy Rhys. It is a must hear so please click here to listen.

 

Rona Green, Greasy Rhys, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 112 x 91.5 cm

 

Stay tuned for more about Jay-Dea in future as we are concocting a project that will bring together astonishing art and scintillating sound as a special treat for the senses.

 

Travis Paterson (artist), me, Susi Muddiman (Tweed River Art Gallery Director) and Damian Kelly (Print Council of Australia General Manager)

 

Familiar Unfamiliar, an exhibition of prints by 45 Australian artists that I curated at the invitation of the Print Council of Australia to celebrate the PCA’s 45th anniversary, is on display at Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, New South Wales, until 12 August 2012.

You can view the Familiar Unfamiliar online catalogue via the Print Council of Australia website by clicking this link.

One of my favourite works in the show is Campfire Stories by Travis Paterson.

 

Travis Paterson, Campfire Stories, 2011, aquatint, 38 x 28 cm

 

Travis is also participating in one of my projects, Corporeal, a group exhibition of prints by 23 Australian artists, that will be up on the walls at Geelong Gallery during early 2013. But more about that next year.

 

Rona Green, The Great White, 2003, lightjet print, 12.7 x 17.8 cm, edition 6

 

A couple of my artworks, The Great White and The Duke, are part of Sentinels and showboats – milestones in print collecting, at Geelong Gallery, Victoria, running until 9 September 2012.

Prints by quite a few of my favourite artists such as Bea Maddock, Rew Hanks and Heather Shimmen, are included in Sentinels and showboats .

The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of Geelong Gallery’s first acquisitive print prize and offers an opportunity to view the collection of award winning works acquired by the gallery over the history of the prize.

 

Rona Green, The Duke, 2008, linocut, ink & watercolour, 76 x 56 cm, edition 13

 

Methinks I have blitzed you with enough information so I shall now leave you to enjoy the velvet tones of Marvin Gaye…

 

 


Nosing around – part 1

 

James Rouse on the cover of Time Magazine

 

‘Cities must be fun.’

- James Rouse (1914-1996)

 

Marvellous Melbourne, Australia, c. 1995

 

Melbourne, Australia.

Judged the world’s most livable city in 2011.

Contentiously referred to as the cultural capital of the country.

The place I have called home since 1995.

 

Mercator Studios at the Abbotsford Convent

 

I’ve previously featured my studio at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne.

It is very close to the inner city suburbs of Collingwood and Fitzroy, which I frequent for various reasons.

I thought it might be fun to take you on a tour of a few of my haunts.

Firstly, here is Collingwood through my (somewhat blurry, black and white) eyes!

 

Australian Galleries Smith Street entry

 

Australian Galleries in Collingwood represent my work and I exhibit at the 50 Smith Street gallery space.

 

Nick and Kate at Australian Galleries Smith Street

 

The Smith Street gallery is managed by the most excellent Nicholas Thompson and Kattie Bugeja.

As well as the main gallery space that presents an exciting range of exhibitions, the Smith Street location also houses an intimate print room.

 

Australian Galleries Smith Street print room

 

In the print room you can view work by a plethora of awesome artists including Deborah Williams, Graeme Drendel, Alexi Keywan… and me!

 

Street view of Fluff Hair

 

Located a few doors along from Australian Galleries at 46 Smith Street, Collingwood is the fantastic Fluff Hair.

 

The phenomenal Mario of Fluff Hair

 

This funky salon is where I have my coiffure styled by scissor genius, Mario Italiano.

Relaxing follicle conditioning and hot beverages are ably provided by the enigmatic Brendon.

 

Brendon manning the desk at Fluff Hair

 

Amble on down the road a little further and you will come across the astounding St Luke Artist Colourmen, purveyors of quality art supplies, at 32 Smith Street, Collingwood.

 

St Luke Artist Colourmen shop front

 

What a sweet shop is to a kid, St Luke Artist Colourmen is to artists!

 

St Lukette Kez ready to assist you at the St Luke counter

 

Kez Hughes and Paul Williams of St Luke are fabulous fonts of information regarding anything and everything art related.

 

St Luke staffer Paul stocking the shelves with goodies

 

Round the way at 9 Campbell Street, Collingwood you will find the inimitable Neo Frames.

 

Entrance to Neo Frames

 

These guys are who I trust to frame all my art – drawings, prints and paintings.

The customer service and workmanship at Neo are beyond compare.

 

The wonderful Neo Frames workshop

 

Give Bob and the crew a visit if you have any framing needs.

If you’re lucky dashing shop dog Neko may be around to give you a friendly greeting!

 

The lovely Bob and Neko at Neo Frames

 

In a fortnight i’ll scoot you all over Fitzroy in Nosing around – part 2.

Until next time!

 


Off to the fair

 

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.

 

BCAF Invitation

 

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.

 

Rona Green, Chips, 2008, linocut, ink & watercolour, 112 x 76 cm, edition 13

 

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!

 

The opening of the 2012 Banyule Contemporary Art Fair at Banyule Arts Space

 

My work on exhibition as part of the 2012 Banyule Contemporary Art Fair

 

PS: From now on I will be posting on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month – thanks for staying tuned!

 


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