We think the Australian Labor Party is kinder to the arts, but is it? Are our feelings blinkered by Gough Whitlam´s famous acquisition of Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock in 1972 for $1.3 million? (now conservatively valued at $350 million). Here’s what the Australian Labor Party has said they’ll do for Australian artists. Develop a National Cultural Policy. A National Cultural Policy will set the … Continue reading Will Labor deliver for the arts?
My artwork, Love on the Moon, is a finalist in the National Works on Paper 2022. The work is one of just 78 artists from all corners of Australia who have been shortlisted from almost 900 entries for the 2022 National Works on Paper (NWOP). The prize, one of the most prestigious acquisitive prizes and exhibitions of its type in Australia, supports and promotes contemporary … Continue reading Love on the Moon: finalist in National Works on Paper 2022
The exhibition, What the Wayfarer Saw, at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery charts an 86 kilometre odyssey on foot from Goulburn to Braidwood over six days, sleeping by the roadside, in pubs and country homes along the way. The measured and slow pace of walking allowed the artist to deeply connect with people and place. This beautiful and brutal journey brought to the fore the artist’s … Continue reading Nick Mitzevich, Director of National Gallery of Australia opens What the Wayfarer Saw
Is this an artwork about the crucifixion or drunkness? Do you see the eye of god too? And is it a little bit queer? Continue reading Artwork of the week: Mailboxes by Kenneth Callahan.
Blank page. Blank canvas. Blank mind. There’s hundreds of reasons we get stuck. Here’s how to get out of a creative funk. Go for a walk. Sometimes we’re trying too hard and it won’t come out. As a kid, I thought a poo was called a ‘tryhard’. It wasn’t until school when I asked to be excused and the teacher asked me what I needed … Continue reading How to overcome artists block (creative block)
What’s it like being locked up for 14 days in mandatory quarantine? Artist Ray Monde looks back on the art he created when he was forced to stay in one room with glue and paper and the threat of COVID-19. Continue reading Masks of quarantine: 14 days of art in confinement.
If I told you two years ago that 5 million people would die from a virus, it’d be hard to fathom. Add to that the storming of the US Capitol. The fall of Afghanistan. These days it’s hard to know what’s around the corner on a global front. Will Russia invade Ukraine? How can we know what’s down the road for us on a personal … Continue reading What’s going to happen this year, 2022?
Hope: Group Exhibition at Studio Altenburg, Braidwood opens 17 December. The Bombay swimming hole on the Shoalhaven River is a favourite for Braidwood locals looking to cool off without having to slug it to the coast. With huge granite rocks and sandy alcoves, it’s the perfect place to swim in the sunshine. It’s a place loved by locals and largely forgotten by outsiders since it … Continue reading Secret swimming hole celebrated in summer exhibition.
Red Fish, Blue Fish art exhibition at Purple Noon Gallery Prawns and oysters are pushing a lot of turkeys off the Christmas table this year as Australians continue to embrace our abundant seafood for the holidays. It’s the inspiration behind artist Ray Monde’s new exhibition, ´Red Fish, Blue Fish’, at Purple Noon Gallery. A celebration of fish: an essential part of the Australian summer. “My … Continue reading Prawns push turkeys off the table this Christmas.
What is the symbolism of a crown that is upside down? It’s stitched into my trousers and jeans. It’s embroidered on my shirts. I wear it as a ring on my right hand. And of course, it’s signed on the corner of every piece of artwork. What is the story behind the upside down crown? On early artworks the crown signature was upright with a … Continue reading What does it mean when a crown is upside down?