You are most warmly invited to
The thrill of it all
An exhibition of prints, paintings, poppets and drawings
Official opening 6pm – 8pm Tuesday 27 March 2018
Australian Galleries Melbourne
28 Derby Street
Collingwood VIC 3066 Australia
You are also most welcome to attend my artist talk at the gallery from 2pm on Saturday 21 April 2018.
I’ll be discussing the ideas behind the work and how it was made, and answering any questions you may wish to ask. There will be a little goody bag gift for attendees as well as drinks to sip and sweets to savour whilst contemplating the art on offer.
The thrill of it all runs until Sunday 22 April 2018
Australian Galleries Melbourne is open 7 days 10am – 6 pm
Note: closed Good Friday and open Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am – 4pm
If you would like to download The thrill of it all exhibition catalogue you can do so via my website news page by clicking this link.
Hope to see you at the show!
No Cure For Life
27 August – 15 September 2013
35 Derby Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
Photography: Jeremy Dillon, The Photography Department
“There’s no cure for life.” – Tony Soprano
‘For me the subject of a picture is always more important than the picture. And more complicated.’
– Diane Arbus (1923-1971)
All kinds of images fire up my imagination.
One photo in particular has intrigued me so much that I have created three different interpretations – it is a snapshot of my guy’s birthday party, illustrated above.
The first incarnation, party, was highly influenced by my love of Jean Dubuffet’s art.
Then there was Birthday Boogies, a mixed media piece including soft sculptural objects that I call poppets.
The poppets were born from a fondness for dolls, puppets and masks. As a kid I adored The Muppet Show produced by Jim Henson, and the colourful characters of Warner Brothers and Hanna Barbera cartoons.
After Birthday Boogies came Secret Robot Society, which incorporated my fancy of the Dutch Golden Age of painting.
After making Secret Robot Society I produced two more prints – Treacherous Boys With Charisma and The Ventriloquist – to form a trio of group portraits.
My creative process is very much about collaging together an eclectic range of source material to invent something otherworldly and somewhat absurd.
In the case of these prints I have referenced the Dutch painters along with TV shows, horror movie stars, dolls and puppets, as well as ideas about social hierarchy and esotericism.
And finally I should make mention of the beloved Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book!
PS: From now on I will be posting every Tuesday – until then, have a good week!