‘Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.’
- Paul Klee (1879-1940)
‘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)
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.
I’ll leave you to enjoy a slice of the cross hatching King, Robert Crumb…
‘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)
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Methinks I have blitzed you with enough information so I shall now leave you to enjoy the velvet tones of Marvin Gaye…
‘Cities must be fun.’
- James Rouse (1914-1996)
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.
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 in Collingwood represent my work and I exhibit at the 50 Smith Street gallery space.
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.
Located a few doors along from Australian Galleries at 46 Smith Street, Collingwood is the fantastic 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.
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.
What a sweet shop is to a kid, St Luke Artist Colourmen is to artists!
Round the way at 9 Campbell Street, Collingwood you will find the inimitable 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.
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!
In a fortnight i’ll scoot you all over Fitzroy in Nosing around – part 2.
Until next time!
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!