Friday, 10 March 2017
Sager Braudis gallery in Missouri, or online here.
Frankie magazine - twice! Here, in the home of the illustrious Mrs Emily Green (fear not, she doesn't have a giant wrinkled finger living in her kitchen, just the wooden hand clock). More clocks here. Mr Mortadellla here.
patchwork O man is in my Etsy shop, should you be admiring him.
please buy these cushions! I won't be making them ever again, so you will be sorry if you miss out. (The upside down heart has gone already).
Gardening Australia magazine, March. The single gardener's nightmare: the date arrives bearing a plastic bouquet.
Etsy shop. The two painted bats, below, are there too.
Lady with Lizard painting.
my Etsy shop, too.
Charles Darwin. Probably wouldn't be that happy with the way the world has evolved. Huh.
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Thanks again to either Miss Pen or The Earwig for collecting me these beautiful vintage bats from Tasmania.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
I am able to discuss/ research options for sending the work to further locations. Please note however that this piece is quite heavy as it has been painted onto very thick plywood.
More photos of the painting here, on The Design Files, by Eve Wilson:
...and Apartment Therapy, by Natalie Jeffcott:
...and on Etsy, a portrait of me sitting in front of it, by darling David Patston:
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
I did slack off a bit last year with my blog posting: Instagram seems to be taking over the world and it seems so much simpler sometimes. But I still like blogs. I think that they tell a story in a way that Instagram just can't. I present for you a summary of work that I did last year, but neglected to show on my blog for one reason or another. Above: The World Would Be Great If.... This one was actually inspired by all of the post US election soul searching. (SOLD.)
McGivern Prize finalist #readmymind is now available as a very special A3 print, printed especially by Lantern and signed and numbered by me. There are only fifteen in total, and they are available from either my Etsy shop or Danielle Krysa's (AKA The Jealous Curator's) Fancy Schmancy Gallery.
Below: a selection of painted bats. Thanks again to Miss Pen, Katie Blatt and The Earwig for finding these vintage beauties for me!!
Boom Gallery in Geelong.
Gardening Australia magazine, December. Michael McCoy asks a child "What is your favourite vegetable?" The reply: "Bacon!"
Above: All I Could Think of Were the Things We Didn't Have in Common, acrylic on wood. When you find yourself in a relationship after a long spell of being alone, it's not all beer and skittles.
The Little Bookroom in North Carlton.
Mission To Seafarers Art Prize (along with hundreds of other maritime themed paintings). I entered this prize both in the hope of visiting one of my favourite buildings in Melbourne, and to have a reason to work on this rather self indulgent painting.
The Mediterranean Games are much like the Commonwealth Games. In 1979 they were held in the city of Split, a coastal city in the then Yugoslavia, where my family happened to be spending the entire summer. I was a kid then, and prone to the grandeur of international sporting events, fireworks and the prospect of the odd souvenir. I still have a tin mug which has "Split 1979" and the 'S' shaped seal mascot printed on it. I coveted visors and t-shirts, but I especially wanted the striped blue beach towel.
I have been back to Split many times since. In 2015, the Split 1979 beach towel was featured in an exhibition at the city's Ethnographic Museum, about fishing traditions in Dalmatia. I was a few months late for that exhibition, but I got the souvenir catalogue. It is extensively researched, lovingly written (though shoddily translated), and beautifully illustrated with various photographs, many from local archives. I looked at the resigned expressions of women carrying giant boxes of fish on their backs, and pondered the rather prescribed culture of my forebears. Even now, men got to fish and drink and get up to all sorts of things. The women got to stay at home and cook and wash and clean. I started thinking about these women, and getting a little angry. Then I looked again at the Split 1979 towel and reconsidered the meaning of the word "Split". 1979 or not, I thought I'd give one woman a chance to escape.
Thursday, 1 December 2016
"The Art of War" triptych. Above: Napoleon's Dumb Bell.
Above: Bag o Money.
Above: The King's Spinach.
I was rather honoured to be one of six artists asked to contribute a special work to the first show, in response to the theme "west". Danielle explains why she chose the theme here.
Meanwhile, I will explain how I responded to the theme here:
The word "west" immediately calls to mind western films. And when I think of western films I think of cliches and visual symbols of masculinity, which are things that I love to explore. I decided to go beyond the western and collect as many interesting symbols of masculinity that I could find, and create an absurd being who consisted only of these symbols. In the end, I found so many that I had to make three. (Acrylic on wood; each is around A4 size, and they are sold as a set.)
Thursday, 10 November 2016
Friday, 4 November 2016
Modern Times' Home exhibition this month.
Sager Braudis Gallery in Columbia, Missouri.
Gardening Australia magazine, November. A quiet riot for writer Michael McCoy this month!
The Little Bookroom's inaugural exhibition, "The Book That Got Me": featuring brand new work by seven local illustrators, inspired by the very first book that "got" them. (The only problem: it was a near impossible task to choose just one!) Starts Saturday November 5.
Corner Store Merchants' "Garden Party" exhibition, running in conjunction with the Castlemaine Festival of Gardens until November 19. I haven't had a chance to get up there, but anything that the Fleming sisters put their hands to has GOT to be good!!!!