I’m totally stoked to say that I’m one of 76 artists who have been shortlisted from over 1,100 entries for the 2020 National Works on Paper (NWOP) prize. The prize is one of the most prestigious acquisitive prizes and exhibitions of its type in Australia. It supports and promotes contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper with up to $50,000 acquisitions and awards (including … Continue reading Finalist in the 2020 National Works on Paper Prize
It’s a strange question to ask, ‘What do you like to rub all over yourself?’ but it’s a far better one than ‘What inspires you?’. There’s nothing like the word ‘inspire‘ to make your dick shrivel up like a cashew in Antarctic sea ice. It’s a dead word. The overuse of words like inspire and passion have made them carry almost the opposite of their … Continue reading What do you like to rub all over yourself?
With Trump releasing unidentified troops onto the streets of Portland and shoving protestors into unmarked vans, we really wanted to do something to support democracy in the United States. To make sure everyone who can vote, gets a chance to be heard. That’s why we came up with the idea of a Square Deal: 50 artists for a fair vote. It is a chance to … Continue reading 24 artworks sold in 24 hours.
While some of the hoarding is coming down off shopfronts around Seattle, many remain shuttered. When they first went up, the streets became bleak very quickly. Back in March, the Alliance for Pioneer Square commissioned a bunch of artists to create striking artworks to fill the streets with colour and hope. My own works went up on Occidental Square. Front cover feature in Pacific NW … Continue reading Viral murals: paintings of a pandemic.
Sometimes this heavy cloak drops over us, makes it harder to do everything. Sometimes it’s easy to pinpoint where the darkness comes from. Rejection, isolation, loneliness. Dark things outside Today, for me, it’s an accumulation of things. The boarded up windows on shopfronts in Pioneer Square. The homeless camps that are spreading out from the ferry dock, tents lining the elevated walkway. Knowing it’s getting … Continue reading Some days are shit. That’s the shape of it.
This week I had an unexpected three-way. Summer is here, temperatures are rising and people are emerging from lock-downs around the country. Everyone is embracing their new found freedom. (Perhaps too enthusiastically, with COVID-19 infections spiking around the United States.) Lucky for me, my three way, was totally about art. At a safe distance. First, Saatchi Art hooked someone up with this piece. This work … Continue reading An unexpected three-way.
Flicking through the photos on my phone, I came across a shot of the bushfires around Braidwood in December last year. It jolted me back to the bushfires that ravaged the land around our home for weeks and weeks and weeks. What was so surprising for me that it rekindled this underlying trauma which I thought I had left behind. After spending a few months … Continue reading A turn to the dark side: from ashes to artwork.
This week President Trump stood in front of a crowd in Tulsa and was applauded as he drank a glass of water with one hand. The 2020 US Presidential Election is scheduled for 3 November this year. As an alien here, the most important thing for me is that the elections are fair. That’s why, through the studios at 57 Biscayne, I am creating an … Continue reading Art at the heart of democracy: 2020 US Presidential election
When the corona virus starting locking down cities around the world, my studio became off-limits. I had to find a way to work without the studio. I throw some things in a box that slowly evolves into my travelling studio. After three months in hibernation, I drive. From Washington to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. My travelling studio becomes my life. Here’s how to make art … Continue reading How to take your studio with you on the road.
Meet the Others: Ray Monde The Game Changers. The Rule Breakers. The Innovators. Discover some of the fantastic emerging talent showcasing their work at The Other Art Fair. Ray Monde‘s latest works are inspired by the streets of Los Angeles and the people who shape the suburbs around them. Created for The Other Art Fair Los Angeles 2020 and now being showcased as part of the Online … Continue reading This week I was profiled on CANVAS, the Saatchi Art blog. Here’s an excerpt.