Inside the artist Ray Monde's studio

How do you do an art commission for a client 18,000 miles away?

There’s no greater compliment for an artist to have someone recommend your work. It says they like your work. It says they like your work enough to share your work with other people. Is an art recommendation really that important? Yes. It’s not like recommending a sofa or a brand of milk. They like your work enough to stake their own integrity on your art. … Continue reading How do you do an art commission for a client 18,000 miles away?

Collage art by Ray Monde of a woman who is looks disfigured in an artistic fail

What to do when things go horribly wrong (in art)

Sometimes art goes bad. Look at her face. The horror. This is not intentional. I wasn’t trying to create an image of a women who had been burnt in an accident. Or a woman trapped in a disfiguring face mask. I was trying to create a woman with attitude, cigarette in hand, giving the viewer a withering glance. I didn’t have the right colour papers … Continue reading What to do when things go horribly wrong (in art)

Found a studio at 57 Biscayne – a room of one’s own

Studio space in Seattle is really hard to come by. I was fortunate that Clare Johnson had landed a residency and would be out of the state for three months. She was looking for someone to look after her space in 57 Biscayne and I was keen to look after it. We hit it off and is kindly letting me work in this beautiful space. … Continue reading Found a studio at 57 Biscayne – a room of one’s own

Suburban LA life for The Other Art Fair

Taking risks sometimes pays dividends. The risk is worth the reward. Other times, they fail terribly. Like at my high school dance. Important lessons from risk-taking The school dance is beach themed. I thought it would be a good idea to make breasts out of coconuts and pink socks, wrap myself in a hibiscus tablecloth and apply red lipstick. I remember looking at myself in … Continue reading Suburban LA life for The Other Art Fair

Artist Ray Monde with his artworks at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

What does it mean for an artist to show in a public art gallery?

Last Friday night, I picked mum and dad up at the Goulburn South Caravan Park and drove them to the Goulburn Workers Club for a quick drink. We settled into a fancy booth that looked out across Auburn Street, where locals were doing mainies. As I came back from the bar with a tray of drinks, my partner’s wildly gesticulating arms collected with the tray, I overcorrected and the drinks flooded … Continue reading What does it mean for an artist to show in a public art gallery?

What makes a great work of art?

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?

This is what happens when artists collide at The Other Art Fair Melbourne

It’s rare to get up in the face of artists. See their work. Hear first hand what their work is all about. When you’re at exhibition openings in galleries, it’s sometimes hard to know who the artist is, let alone get a chance to speak with them and dive into their mind. Yet this is exactly what happen at The Other Art Fair (TOAF). When it was … Continue reading This is what happens when artists collide at The Other Art Fair Melbourne