STUDIO

This is what i am working on right now:

back spending time on some larger pieces. I forgot how challenging working at this scale was!..

currently untitled (these autumn rains were not expected) 2021
mixed media on canvas 112cm x 112cm

finished and heading to Le Sm’art, 15th Salon of Contemporary Art, Aix-En-Provence in May…

currently untitled diptych (The sea is calling for me again) 2021
mixed media on two birch plywood panels 60cm x 100cm overall
currently untitled diptych (the land is calling for me again) 2021
mixed media on two birch plywood panels 60cm x 100cm overall
unfinished and untitled (somewhere i’d rather be) 2020
mixed media on canvas 1/4 – 20cm x 20cm

the day went well. thanks for asking 2020 (detail, mixed media on canvas) 40cm x 55cm

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untitled 2020 #1/16 (detail, mixed media on birch plywood) 15cm x 15cm
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untitled 2020 #2/16 (detail, mixed media on birch plywood) 15cm x 15cm
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untitled 2020 #3/16 (detail, mixed media on birch plywood) 15cm x 15cm

these are 3 components of 16 which will form a work. once assembled, the final piece will measure 60cm x 60cm. i am entering a submission to exhibit it at the luxembourg prize 2020…

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part of my folio for sm’art fair 2020, aix-en-provence…

and you are invited!..

currently untitled #1 (black, vermillion grey and white) 2020 mixed media on canvas 51cm x 51cm
currently untitled #2 (black, vermillion grey and white) 2020 mixed media on canvas 51cm x 51cm
currently untitled (black, vermillion grey and white) 2020 mixed media on canvas 51cm x 51cm

for 20[2020] at tacit art galleries, march 2020…

currently untitled and unfinished 2020 mixed media on canvas 150cm x 150cm
currently untitled and unfinished 2020 mixed media on canvas 150cm x 150cm

for smart art fair 2020, aux-en-provence…

the preparations for an exciting 2020…

currently untitled 2019 – from a seres of pictures using black, grey and vermilion – (mixed media on canvas) 55cm x 55cm

from the series ‘celebrating sorrow’ 2019 (mixed media on canvas) 20cm x 20 cm

two paintings from my ‘celebrating sorrow’ series 2019 exhibited at the galleria de marchi, bologna

from the series celebrating sorrow 2019 (mixed media on canvas) 20cm x 20 cm

so many opportunities. i am very grateful to have been included in a number of local and international exhibitions in the coming months. i am motivated and inspired…

untitled – august 2019 (portrait of a landscape) 112cm x 112cm acrylic paint on raw canvas

back to the beginning.

but the big difference is the size: they’re big!.. these pictures are not quite finished but are an exhibition in the making…

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the finished piece…

just out of tibooburra is a painting intended for contemplation; a painting that one may approach, stand before and reflect upon before moving on feeling different in some way.

to those unfamiliar with it, the australian outback landscape may appear to be simple, perhaps somewhat two-dimensional. that preconceived landscape is flat, lifeless and monotonous but, like most truly beautiful things, the outback has a complex and demanding character. it is an entity that, to really appreciate and understand, one must take the time to observe it with all senses. this is also how i wish the viewer to consider my simple but complex painting and discover what i find so captivating about this land.

just out of tibooburra (mixed media on canvas) 80cm x 200cm

travelling from melbourne toward cameron corner, the main and most obvious observation is the change in the color of the earth. in painting just out of tibooburra, i have tried to capture those subtle, unique colors of this country dotted with hardy vegetation and the curious, sculptural detritus of human habitation. i have also endeavored to capture the sounds of singing and implication that i heard; in the right setting, the viewer may even hear these mystical voices that came from the rocks and bushes.

and back to the landscapes of australia to keep me motivated. i am pretty sure this looks like it’s been painted by the same hand that captured a saint…

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just out of tibooburra – unfinished 2019 (acrylic and oil paint on canvas) 80cms x 200cms

the fascination continues. i often feel this body of work has drawn me into some kind of labyrinth from which i will have to be rescued…

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@st_sebastian19 2019 (acrylic, gilding and oil paint on canvas) 112cm x 112cm

finally completed, these incredibly personal pictures are about to hang in the galleria de marchi, bologna…

portrait of an unknown saint (jim) 2019
portrait of an unknown saint (jim) 2019
portrait of an unknown saint (eunice) 2019
portrait of an unknown saint (eunice) 2019

the evolution of a saint. my brain never stops thinking about the next iteration…

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untitled portrait of a saint 2019 (mixed media on plywood) 20cm x 20cm
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untitled portrait of a saint 2019 (mixed media on plywood) 20cm x 20cm
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untitled portrait of a saint 2019 (mixed media on plywood) 20cm x 20cm

i decided working on my skull pictures was worth persevering with. my friend, collaborator and jewellery maker, lisa lubbock, has some great ideas to make these pieces more accessible…

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 not quite finished. but finally a ‘saint sebastion’ i am happy with…

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saint sebastian 2018 (mixed media on canvas) 20.32cm x 25.5cm

one of four pieces as i develop my ‘portrait of an unknown saint’ series for 2019. love them but i don’t believe i can sustain the darkness…

from the unknown saint series
portrait of an unknown saint – unfinished (synthetic polymer and gilding paint on birch plywood) 15cm x 15cm

some small sketches for some big in-your-face golden pictures!..

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untitled 2018 #1 (mixed media on birch plywood) 15cm x 15cm

is getting back to exploring the power of small works – and my appropriation of religious terminology…

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portrait of an unknown saint 2018 (mixed media on birch plywood) 15cm x 15cm

i think you can hear me loud and clear; i have found the visual language with which i can express myself succinctly…

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i used to hate myself (now i hate you) 2018 mixed media on canvas 113cm x 113cm

persevering with my ‘ultramarine blue with gold’ conversation. i believe i am winning the argument, finally…

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unfinished and untitled May 2018 (gold on ultramarine blue with carbon black) 113cm x 113cm

 

since returning from a trip to japan, i have felt a little fresher and relaxed on my artistic journey…

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it wasn’t like i hadn’t told you 2018 (mixed media on birch plywood) 117cm x 122cm

 

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some carbon black and titanium white…

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untitled seascape

untitled 2018

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untitled seascape

untitled landscape (black and grey on white) 2018

for a break from the big stuff, i have returned to a carefree childhood activity – making maps…with perhaps a poignant message. the working title for this one is nongivuas island in the golden sea (i have decided it is uninhabited) 2018 mixed media on folded and crumpled cartridge paper

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nongivuas island in the golden sea (i have decided it is uninhabited) 2018

something about saltbush and country. a little outback inspiration that is hoping to head to broken hill this year…

saltbush 2018

a little darker and a little deeper…it’s all about life-long learning…

after my year at the vca making large contemplative paintings, i am now dedicated to producing work that asks the viewer to interpret and respond with complete freedom…

it’s all happening. whilst i am have been working on my new, large scale works in 2017, i have still managed to find time to develop my small works. it’s going to be an interesting year ahead…

a little, mini exhibition in my studio…planning, planning, planning…

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get ready for a whole new exhibition of truly new, big and inspired paintings like this…

part of my folio created at VCA…i am incredibly excited about the future!..

a still life…it’s working title is the last of our mother’s possessions

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the last of our mother’s possessions 2017 acrylic and oil paint on canvas

green – after the rain…

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green – after the rain 2017 (oil and acrylic polymer paint on birch plywood)

some autumn inspired sea paintings…

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actually this is an update! below is an image of the final version of the 2016 phillip island commission. my aim was to capture the beautifully unpredictable seascape of ventnor – from above, below, within and around. at 1.2m x 2.5m it is a commanding and significant piece of work…

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an exhibition confirmed! (april 6 -23 tacit contemporary art in abbotsford)…the final touches and tweeking are what’s happening in the studio right now…invitations will be sent so see you there!

(…and that HUGE commission is complete…once the patrons have approved, i will publish a picture. i am very happy and satisfied with the final result…)

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my eagerness to enter the ‘league of recycled sculptors’ has been frustrated by toxic glues (hoping to come to terms with that one soon)…luckily my big new canvas has arrived. i am now ready to start the phillip island picture!

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back to the beach…these are sketches for a (very) large painting commission i am about to undertake. measuring 1.2metres x 2.5 metres it is a great challenge. my aim is to capture the environment of phillip island without representing it; the wind, the sea and a sense of remoteness…

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this picture is a seascape i completed a few months ago called the night watch. the image below it was originally how i imagined the setting; more land than sea but i am happy with the final painting. it is an emotional response to the disappearance of mh370 and how i believe seafarers will always quietly watch out for and remember those who lose their lives at sea…

i am excited to have learned it has been has been selected to be exhibited at the 2016 maritime art awards and exhibition at the mission to seafarers in melbourne and is eligible for the awards.

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…i am looking at how i can make a difference to the environment and have been inspired to recycle some of the dross at the studio into a sculpture (have to do something while i am waiting for pain to dry!)…i will write more about the inspiration and process during the week…

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these are two of my little icon inspired pieces… it has taken nearly twenty years but i am now ready to paint how i was meant to…older and wiser?.. it is about the journey, believe me…

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