Two affordable art exhibitions opening Friday 9 December.

All Things Great and Small, Studio Altenburg, opening night Friday 9 December. Artists and art lovers are flocking to Braidwood and the sheer diversity of local talent is on display in Studio Altenburg’s annual end-of-year show – All Things Great and Small. There’s 40 local artists exhibiting together in this show that runs from 8 December – 14th January 2023 including Kate Carruthers, Jane Kendall, … Continue reading Two affordable art exhibitions opening Friday 9 December.

What painting a house taught me about painting an artwork.

You’ve heard of the Great Resignation? How employers are scrambling to find staff? It’s exacerbated in Australia where the closed borders for two years meant immigration stopped. With unemployment running now at 3.4%, there’s extreme demand for all skills. No surprise then that when I tried to find someone to do a two week paint job at our place on the Shoalhaven River, there were … Continue reading What painting a house taught me about painting an artwork.

What artwork is popular now?

Paper art is big right now. It’s surging in art markets around the world. Very high profile artists are showing hugely popular exhibitions made of paper and even high-end retailer Hermès is carrying a line of furniture made of papier-mâché. “A thrilling spectacle”, The Procession, Tate Britain : Hew Locke. In The Procession, Hew Locke embraces the simplicity of cardboard to create works that are … Continue reading What artwork is popular now?

Was Giacometti a sex freak?

Giacometti caught mumps as a teenager, inflaming his testicles. Swelling up, they then shrank, atrophying and rendering him infertile. He later blamed this case of the mumps on his impotence. It seismically shifted in his attitude to sex. A tapered dildo with eyes at one end. The work Disagreeable Object by Giacometti has been described as a ‘tapered dildo with eyes at one end’ and … Continue reading Was Giacometti a sex freak?

An artwork by Georgia O'Keeffe of a egg yellow hole in a large red pelvis

What is the #1 city for art in the USA?

Forget New York and Chicago. Detroit has just slipped to #2. The #1 art destination in the United States is Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here’s why. Making tracks in the Railyard Arts District. The wrong side of the tracks has been transformed into a hub for arts that’s rivalling the great art cities of the United States. There’s a suite of commercial galleries including Blue … Continue reading What is the #1 city for art in the USA?

Salty Scenes of Seattle, exclusively at Watson Kennedy.

Watson Kennedy in Seattle has been described as a ‘preview of heaven’ by the Huffington Post. Ted Kennedy Watson, the man behind the store, is ‘a Seattle tastemaker’ according to Town & Country magazine. Plus, Ted has also won the Northwest Design Award for Interior Design. Now Watson Kennedy is also the exclusive home of my Salty Scenes of Seattle series. Described by one collector … Continue reading Salty Scenes of Seattle, exclusively at Watson Kennedy.

Top 6 exhibitions you must see in Venice.

1. Simone Leigh at the USA Pavilion. The extraordinary vision of Simone Leigh at the USA Pavilion is breathtaking. She has totally transformed the space, reclaiming the pavilion in a form that’s true to her as an artist and acknowledging the weight of sacrifice that made this place possible. By far, it’s the best thing in the biennale this year and no matter how much … Continue reading Top 6 exhibitions you must see in Venice.

What are ghost signs and ghost works?

Ghost signs are old advertising signs painted on the exterior of buildings that have faded into the brickwork or timber. Many are glimpsed only when a building is demolished revealing a hidden facade. Ghost works are collages created by overpainting magazine pages with thin glazes of acrylic paint so text and images ghost through the paint. This collage technique, invented by artist Ray Monde, gives … Continue reading What are ghost signs and ghost works?