Thursday 24 September 2009

Three Apples

Next month is the Three Apples exhibition to celebrate Hello Kitty's 35th Anniversary. The show will be held at Royal/T in LA and feature over 60 artists. I'm excited about this show - the opening sounds like it will be a great night, I'm just sad that it's all so far away and I can't join in the fun.

Saturday 19 September 2009

Wild flowers in WA

I just got back from a week in Western Australia. I had never been to WA before, it somehow seemed a lot more Australian than Victoria, the botanic gardens was almost exclusively native plants. I finally get why the national flower is wattle. The damn thing is everywhere.

I know looking at holiday photos can be a bit dull, so I've kept it to just a few (I took over 1000!). And this is kind of related to art in the form of inspiration and reference.

I found the wreath flower, it was somewhere in the middle of nowhere (as you can see from the photo). They (the friendly tourism office?) tie pink ribbons around trees and poles that have wreath flowers near them so you can find them more easily.

Wattle. Is it a flower or a plague? I'm really not sure.

wild flower field:

Lesueur National Park - kinda felt like there should be dinosaurs wandering around for some reason.

Black Kangaroo paw at Kings park. Might be good to draw:

Thursday 21 May 2009

Los Angeles

I'm now back in Melbourne. I had such a great time in LA, just hanging around, going to shows and getting a feel for the art scene over there. The highlight was definitely seeing my work up on gallery walls in person for the first time. Also seeing the new LeBasse Projects gallery - it's such a great space.

Thanks to Beau, Kim and Christine for putting the show together, putting up with my hanging around the gallery (and drinking all the coke from the fridge...if you're wondering where it all went :) and driving me around to see some sights. And thanks to Yoskay and Nate for letting me stay with them.

If you are in LA and haven't seen the show, it's on at LeBasse Projects or you can view it online (although it looks better in person). I took a few photos before the show opened:

I was showing in the project room, so to give some context here's a photo of the main gallery where Yoskays show being hung. I wish I had taken the photo when the show was up, rather than when it was on the floor and everything was a mess, but oh well:

I took the bus around LA and did some sight seeing on my own - here is Santa Monica Pier:

The Beautiful gardens at the Getty Center:

And my favourite painting at the Getty, a still life by Jan van Huysum. The details are amazing, with the fruit overly ripe and covered in insects:

I can't wait to start painting again, but for the next few days I'm organising and cleaning my flat so that I don't get dust in the oil paint.

Thursday 14 May 2009

Apparition Print Release

It's been a while since I released a print so I'm excited to announce that online print store A Paper Tiger has just released a print of my Apparition drawing. Details are on, It's only an edition of 25 so get in quick :)

Thursday 23 April 2009

Wild Fields - upcoming show

Honey Hive (for upcoming show)

It's been a while between posts. I've been so busy working on this show. I'm just about done (1 more week of working to go), I've been working 7 days a week since the end of Dec and am amazed at how little I've produced from so much effort. I will have 3-4 large drawings and 3 medium paintings, I guess art just take a long time with a fair amount of the work being preliminary - sketching, ideas, photographing models (thanks Suzie!), walking around the streets with a camera finding the perfect tree to match my sketch (sometimes I have to take bits from different trees and join then together).

I've decided to call the show 'Wild Fields' because it's the thing most common between all of the works. Maybe that's telling me I need to get outside a bit more?

I'm flying to LA in a week - can't wait! I haven't been overseas for 3 years - much too long.

Honey Hive - detail

Thursday 19 March 2009

On the drawing board

I'm working on some more large drawings for the show at LeBasse Projects in May, but this time they'll have colour.

Work in progress:

Saturday 14 March 2009

Elle Girl

I have a little interview in the March 2009 Issue of Korean Elle Girl. The lovely Lilly Piri (also interviewed) sent me this photo. Sadly, I don't think I will be getting my own issue as I'm beginning to suspect my mail is being stolen. My landlady came knocking on my door asking if I had received the rent increase notice she had sent me two months ago (I hadn't), and other things I know of have not arrived either.

If you are stealing my mail, please stop. Or perhaps just take the junk mail, I wouldn't mind that so much.