How the Shoalhaven River connects two Australian artists; Arthur Boyd and Ray Monde.

Ray Monde captures the simple joy of a river in summer in his new solo exhibition at Michael Reid Southern Highlands. The artworks thread a connection along the Shoalhaven River between Riverbend, Ray Monde’s home and studio, to Riversdale, part of Arthur Boyd’s estate at Bundanon. There’s a deep interplay between the stillness of the monolithic landforms and the constant movement of the river, reflecting … Continue reading How the Shoalhaven River connects two Australian artists; Arthur Boyd and Ray Monde.

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?

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.

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?

How to overcome artists block (creative block)

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 does it mean when a crown is upside down?

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?

You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

There’s a scene in Inception where, Eames (Tom Hardy) says to Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” When we were kids, we just tried stuff. You tried to walk along the picket fence and you might have fallen off, but maybe you didn’t. Maybe you tried to catch a ball and missed. But you tried it again and … Continue reading You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

New artworks inspired by Orcas Island, San Juan Islands.

The ferry sings between rocky island outcrops that form the San Juan islands, their edges smoothed by long-melted glaciers. The tops of the islands burst in dense Coast Douglas fir. There’s a delicious slowness to it all, we’re all unhurried together. Kids run past us barking like dogs. Grey muzzled chihuahuas totter past like octogenarians. I make quick sketches as things pass by, simple outlines … Continue reading New artworks inspired by Orcas Island, San Juan Islands.