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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Abstract Earth exhibition

Welcome to this blog.

If you haven't been here before that is. Usually I post here are purely about the Yarra Series of artworks that I have been working on for the last four years.

Today I am letting you know about my next exhibition entitled Abstract Earth opening next Tuesday. These paintings and mixed media pieces have a more generalised theme of the Australian Landscape. An idea I have explored through abstraction and highly textured surfaces. Showing for the fist time are recent works as well as many pieces from over the last 15 years.

Here's the invite!

This work gives you a broad overview of my long term interest in ways to represent the landscape. The pieces in this show explore the patterns, colours and textures in nature, and celebrate the distinct beauty and energy of this ancient continent of Australia.

I hope if you are in the area over the next couple of weeks that you might even drop in.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Reflecting on the past

It has been a while now since my very successful exhibition at Montsalvat in December and January. I have been on a journey since, both emotional and physical. I have recently returned from a trip overseas (for family health reasons) which have dominated most of this year so far.

But now I have returned I am reflecting on where I have been with my art in the last year or so.

The show at Montsalvat really was a huge achievement, I have produced a large body of work over the last four years and to see so much of it together in such a special place was a delight, and something the younger me would have been really proud to know I would do. But like many experiences they feel different to how you imagine they might, and like most artists there is an awareness of what you have not yet achieved or fulfilled your full vision. Sometimes it takes a while to see what you have done and feel a deeper sense satisfaction. Perhaps that is for a reason, and that constant craving for something illusive, keeps us striving to explore deeper and make more. A wise friend say to me recently that it can be

So reflecting on my art over the last year or so I am pleased. I have truly been practicing my art in a way that is embedded in life, I have made the space for it (clearing space so that I now have a drawing studio and a painting studio! Mind you I end up painting outside most of the time). I have made time for my art and significantly, I feel I have crossed the invisible threshold into 'Professional Artist' realms, although the difference is strange and a matter of defining shades of grey.

The work is a powerfully emotional one, carrying the weigh of grief I feel for the earth since industrialisation, and Europeans came to claim, kill and divide this land.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The last week of my exhibition has arrived and it has been a wonderful experience so far. To complete and celebrate it I am holding an Artist talk and tour of the exhibition from 1pm this Sunday. I imagine we will be there all afternoon and I would be delighted if you would like to join us at the closing of the latest chapter of the story.