What makes a great work of art? How do you separate the best from the base? What makes an artwork worth $110.5 million such as a recent piece sold by the artist Basquiat? And what work is worthless? This question was brought into sharp focus at this year’s Archibald Prize when Mitch Cairns portrait of his wife took out the $100,000 prize. Other well-known artists … Continue reading What makes a great work of art?
What’s next? What are you working on now? These are the questions that make my skin prickle and my underarms stream. After a successful exhibition at Stur Gallery in October, where I sold a lot of work, got good coverage in local and regional press and felt people really engaging with the works themselves, the big question people want to know is what’s on the … Continue reading What’s the question contemporary artists are most scared of?
An exciting month has just got a little bit more exciting. Just got a call from Goulburn Regional Art Gallery to say my work, Something in the Darkness was shortlisted as a finalist in the Goulburn Art Award. Of course, I don’t have a chance of bagging the top prize, but it’s amazing to be among the finalists and I love that the work continues … Continue reading I’m a finalist in the 2014 Goulburn Art Award, winner announced Oct 16! @The_GRAG
Sometimes you meet someone new and you can immediately see how they would have been as a kid. In fact, it’s one of my favourite internal pastimes, to imagine people when they were little. A lot of the stuff we experienced as children comes out in our grown up lives. You can see it in our gestures, you can see it in how we respond … Continue reading I can see just how you would have been as a kid #art #collage
For anyone who’s been to Herculaneum, Italy and seen the amazingly preserved buildings, the beautiful frescoes, grafitti on the walls, you’d easily think ‘Nothing can get better than this’. Especially since it’s tied up with sudden massive diabolical destruction. It has history and drama wrapped up. This was 79AD. You can walk the streets almost like they were almost 2000 years ago. You’d only think … Continue reading The most incredible archaelogical site that you’ve never heard of #art #archaeology
Here’s the thing. As an artist, you’ve got to start somewhere. Today, in Istanbul I came across an amazing juxtaposition of two artistic greats, whose artistic careers led two very different trajectories. And I had to ask myself, why? Why does one achieve international acclaim and become a household name, while the other is relegated to a small back room at a university gallery. Follow … Continue reading Warhol versus Hulusi: a tale of two struggling artists #art #popart #design
While there’s protests on the streets, water cannon and armoured riot police in back alleyways, Instanbul Modern proudly adorns its walls with this work, Miner, by Nedim Günsür. To me, it’s a protest in itself. More striking for me is how little I know about artists from this area. As an artist, my art worldview is wallpapered with American, British and Europeans artists, with small … Continue reading Face of a miner at Instanbul Modern, #turkeyminedisaster on my mind
“What did you do today, honey?” “Fed my art to LaserCat so he can project it on the moon.” This is the kind of conversation artists are having all over the world as LaserCat dominates the art scene in the lead up to he Art Directors Club Awards. It’s the kind of craziness we’ve come to expect from Hungry Castle and we’ve got to love … Continue reading LaserCat feeds on your art and he’s very hungry #art #bizarre #hungrycastle
It’s a big call I know but it’s true, Dark Heart at the Art Gallery of South Australia is magnificent. Sensation at the Royal Academy in London may have had shock and gore, but Dark Heart is all awe. It’s exceptionally well-curated, in way that Nick Mitzevich only knows how. Alex Seton’s Some died trying to have a life like mine is paired beautifully but … Continue reading One of the best exhibitions in the world, ever: #darkheart at the Art Gallery of South Australia
I started this series almost on a whim. Experiences as children sharply determine who we will be as adults. As we mature, we become better at masking those childhood emotions, we build a stronger exterior to smooth the bumpy ride, but underneath, within us all, is still the little boy or girl, never quite believing where we are and what we’re doing. Continue reading Dry your tears: the child within us #art #collage