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The winners of a Rona Green miniature hand coloured linocut print are:
Thank you so very much to each of you who took the time to enter the competition. It was uplifting to read all of your thoughtful feedback.
There will be more opportunities to win arty stuff in future, so stay tuned…
It is my pleasure to present the chance to win one of two miniature hand coloured linocut prints by yours truly.
To enter the competition:
1. You must be a follower of this blog
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2. Leave a comment telling me in 33 words or less why you like my art and want to win a miniature print
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Entries close at 6.00pm AEST on Monday 1 June 2015.
The two competition winners will be announced in a blog post the next day.
Alexi Keywan is a Sydney born artist who currently resides in Lismore, Australia.
Her work depicts familiar environments that she deftly instils with an intriguing eeriness.
Recently Alexi took the time to provide me with an insight into her practice and other interests.
Rona: Your art practice includes printmaking, painting and drawing. What do you like about working with a variety of different materials and techniques?
Alexi: The ability to make marks and create images from each medium that are unique to themselves – they all have different ‘atmospheres’. Each medium affords me a different kind of headspace.
R: Who has influenced and inspired your art?
A: Initially my father, sculptor Orest Keywan.
Off the top of my head… Euan Mcleod, John Beard, Karla Dickens, Aida Tomescu, William Kentridge, John Virtue, Vija Celmins, Kiki Smith, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Ed Ruscha, Edward Hopper, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, James McNeil Whistler and Francisco de Goya.
Also lecturers and staff from National Art School, Sydney, particularly from the Print department (where I became a part of the furniture after seven consecutive years).
R: When you are making art do you prefer to work in silence or be listening to something?
A: Ever since I can remember, making any kind of art has enabled me to retreat from the world and create my own. I can’t imagine not having a ‘soundtrack’ to this. I think in art school I garnered a reputation as being busy and unapproachable due to the music driven print frenzies I’d get in to. At the moment it’s Frank Sinatra on the way to the studio and then something like Dirty Three or Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
R: What are a few of your favourite things?
A: Solo road trips, travelling, boxing, tattooing and being tattooed, taking photos of concrete and steel.
R: Do you have a favourite gallery or museum?
A: I pretty much grew up in The Australian Museum (Orest worked there), and gallery wise it really depends on what is on.
R: What about your favourite art making material?
A: Etching copper because of the variables involved, but then on another day it could be drawing… or painting.
R: And your favourite food to eat after a big day in the studio?
Finally, congratulations Alexi on recently winning the 13th CPM National Print Award with your etching, You Are Here.
Alexi will be exhibiting prints and drawings at Australian Galleries, 35 Derby Street, Collingwood, VIC, 3066, from 27 August to 15 September 2013.
You can also view Alexi in conversation with Michel Lawrence from The Stock Rooms on YouTube:
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”
– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
I will be exhibiting these works (as well as other prints, paintings and drawings) at Australian Galleries in Melbourne, from 27 August – 15 September 2013.
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Corporeal is an exhibition of prints exploring the theme of the body by 23 Australian artists including Graeme Drendel, Di Ellis, Philip Faulks, Rodney Forbes, Sue Fraser, David Frazer, Rona Green, Rew Hanks, Kaylene Kelly, Michael Kempson, Alexi Keywan, Martin King, Deborah Klein, Terry Matassoni, Ron McBurnie, Janet Parker-Smith, Travis Paterson, Ben Rak, Heather Shimmen, Stephen Spurrier, Anne Starling, Clayton Tremlett and Scott Trevelyan – curated by Rona Green.
The exhibition is on show now until the 12 May 2013 at Geelong Gallery, Little Malop Street, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
If you would like to check out the Corporeal exhibition catalogue illustrating all the artists prints click here.
I’ll be presenting a free floor talk about the Corporeal exhibition at Geelong Gallery, 3pm Saturday 23 March 2013 – all are welcome to come along!