Monday, February 6, 2017


Tacit Contemporary Art kicks of the year with its Editions 17 exhibition of prints, and below are my two works. The attendance at these exhibitions, which are held at the beginning of each year, are amazing.

Profile, 2016, etching, 12.75 x 7.25 cm

The Little Nude, 2016, drypoint, 15 x 9.5cm

Tacit's annual print exhibition, with more than 150 works by 45 Victorian printmakers

Artists include Elizabeth Banfield, T J Bateson, Louise Blyton, Peter Brown, Craig Daniels, Kevin Foley, Peter Garnick, Janet Goldman, Jackie Gorring, Carolyn Hawkins, Jodi Heffernan, Kate Hudson, Clare Humphries, Hyun Ju Kim, Kyoko Imazu, Lana de Jager, Shane Jones, Myra Kaufman, Marita Kelly, Michele Kershaw, Deborah Klein, Damon Kowarsky, Marion Manifold, Jane Marriott, Marie Mason, Malini Maunsell, Paula McLoughlin, Karen Neal, Marte Newcombe, Sharron Okines, Helen Oliver-Skuse, Diana Orinda Burns, James Pasakos, Catherine Pilgrim, Stephanie Jane Rampton, Libby Schreiber, Gwen Scott, Lisa Sewards, Beata Slifierz, Jennifer Smyth, Jan Stickland, Anne-Maree Taylor, Steven Tester, Yvonne Torrico and Joel Wolter.

Exhibition continues until 26 February

Tacit Contemporary Art
312 Johnston St
Abbotsford, Vic 3067

Wednesday to Friday 11 to 6
Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Unknowing the Real

At the moment I have an exhibition of my work at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, titled UNKNOWING THE REAL, and the other day I gave a floor talk about the work in the show. My partner, Deborah Klein, took these shots on the night, which is now a nice memory to keep. One thing I liked was that the work was spotlit, which is different to many exhibitions where the room is essentially of a more uniform light. It was a small but intimate crowd, but their attention and interest was something I greatly appreciated.

Click on images to enlarge.

Introducing the exhibition, and a work comprising seven balsa wood models

 Missing (left) and Another View


 Looking at a set of small works

 Easel Picture and a viewer

 Untitled #104 or, me and my shadow

 Threshold (left)  Untitled #104


Towards the end of the floor talk

 Overview of the exhibition

 Acting director, Murray Bowes, introducing me.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Len Fox Painting Award 2016

The Len FoxPainting Award 2016 at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum has now come to an end, and Deborah and I finally found some time to see the exhibition. Prue Flint won the art prize with her work titled Wash. The shots below will give you a good example of the selected works. My work is called City Lights and the Moon, based on a view of distant Melbourne as one descends the Pentland Hills by car.

It was a refreshing visit to the gallery because the walls have been repainted and there's been a rehang of the collection, which is fantastic. I've seen paintings that were unknown to me before as well as some of my old favourites which are on display again, so you could say the gallery is looking superb.

Photo credits - Tim Gresham top image. Deborah Klein other images.

City Lights and the Moon, 2016, oil on canvas, 71.25 x 91.75 cm

Standing under my painting. The one below is titled  Bluff and Moon, Barwon Heads by Mark Fox,
 and the other to the right is by Ariane Strampp, titled First Light.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas for 2016

Wishing everyone all the best for Christmas and the new year. Decorating the tree is one of my favourite things to do at Christmas and it would be good to have the tree out all year. Many of the decorations are collected from all over the world and bring back wonderful memories of our trips. 

Deborah found a wonderful App which created the snow effect over my painting of lake Wendouree. Just in case you were wondering, on occasions, it has snowed in Ballarat.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Celebrating Deborah's Birthday

Deborah had a birthday recently and we spent a night at Queenscliff, a beautiful coastal town on the Bellarine Peninsula. We stayed at the Vue Grand Hotel, built in the Victorian era and one of the most magnificent buildings in Victoria. The weather was perfect, and we certainly tried the local cuisine with gusto.

 Vue Grand Hotel

 Deborah relaxing in the courtyard

 View out into the courtyard

 Another view of the courtyard

 The architecture was like revisiting another era

Breakfast served in the Grand Dining Room

 Deborah and I having a delicious birthday meal at the nearby Athelstane House Hotel. 

Birthday wishes for Deb, and her nickname

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Winter Moon

Winter Moon, 2016, oil on linen,

This painting is based on a view over Lake Wendouree at Ballarat and it's one of a series I'm doing where moonlight is the main subject matter. These paintings are constructed mainly from memory and imagination and it's a very different approach to the way I've been working in the past, where I've preferred to work mainly in front of whatever I've been painting. Occasionally I've taken notes, quick line drawings with words added to help my memory. As the painting progresses, I sometimes feel the need to revisit the site to make sure the picture reflects the nature and mood of the moon spreading it's light upon the scene.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Balance, 2016, linocut, 15 x 10cm (image size)

The Australian Print Workshop is having its biennial fund raising sale and exhibition from 25 Nov 2016 - 25 February 2017. All the artists involved donate a limited edition print at set prices to the APW which are offered for sale to the public. 

The above image is my print donation in an edition of 10.

The APW has an artists' party in early December, and along with good food and drink, there's a musical performance put on by printmakers who play musical instruments, and they're really good.

To see a list of the artists in the exhibition and a link to the APW click HERE

The Australian Print Workshop Gallery
210 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy 3065

Friday, November 11, 2016

Meeting Cadel Evans

The evening of the 10th November was an exciting time, as Deborah and I attended an In Conversation with Cadel Evans, and a book signing of his biography, CADEL EVANS, THE ART OF CYCLING. What an interesting, funny and eloquent speaker Cadel is, not only as an interviewee but also during the Q&A afterwards. The event was hosted by Dymocks books and it took place at the magnificent Werner Brodbeck Hall on Collins Street Melbourne.

At the end of the talks, Cadel not only signed books, but as you can see, generously allowed many people to have a chat and a photo session with him. We sometimes hear it said that certain athletes transcend their sport, and Cadel is certainly one of those.  

Signing of his book

I've always wanted to shake Cadel's hand, and now I have!

Cadel, Deborah and I

Monday, October 17, 2016

Painting and Technology

Here are two paintings influenced by technology, but instead of using it as a medium, I've reversed the norm and used technology as subject matter.

 Website, 2010, oil on MDF, 23 x 28 x 32.5 cm (hxwxd)

Ipad, 2016, oil on MDF, 4.5 x 24.75 x 37.25 cm (hxwxd)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

From the Life Class

I've been to many life classes over the years and it's a good way to practice drawing the figure. Here are two more selections in different mediums. The top drawing was done in four twenty minute poses, and from memory, the other one was done in two twenty minute poses. One of the problems with many life classes is that a twenty minute pose is considered enough, but much longer poses are essential to construct a figure with more structure. One often hears it said that a quick pose captures the essence of the model, but essence is really the life force, and drawings that are done from long or short poses have the same amount of essence within, if they're alive.

White conte and pastel on black paper, 75 x 54.75 cm

Oil wash on oil sketch paper, 53 x 42 cm

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

I've just received confirmation that my self portrait has been selected as a finalist for the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. The final selection was narrowed down to 30 portraits, chosen from over 700 entries. It's the third time I've been a finalist in the DMNPP, and a list of all the finalists can be seen on the Moran website -  

Selected works will feature on the Moran Prizes Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages - 

Self Portrait in a Blue Sweater, 2015, oil on linen, 46 x 36 cm

Monday, October 3, 2016

Life Drawing

Over the years I've attended many life drawing classes. Here are a few of these drawings. The oil wash medium was inspired by Degas and his use of oil paint as a wash in the many studies he did of dancers. 

These poses were generally 4 sessions of 20 minutes each, which are relatively short poses. 

 Oil wash on oil sketch paper

Dry pastel on paper

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Opening Night of Deborah's Exhibition

Last night was a busy and exciting time at Tacit Contemporary Art with the opening of an exhibition of prints by my partner, Deborah Klein. Titled PRINTS 1987 - 2016, the exhibition showcases a number of works made over the last 29 tears. Late next year Deborah will have a major survey show at Tacit, so you could say that this show is a sampler of things to come.

Below is a taste of some of Deborah's linocut prints, some in black and white and others hand coloured.

The exhibition runs until October 2. 

Tacit Contemporary Art
312 Johnston Street
Abbotsford, Vic, 3067
Phone: 0423 323 188
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11am - 6 pm
Saturday - Sunday 11 - 5 pm

Hand coloured linocut prints

Linocut prints

Deborah and I

Deborah, Lisa Sassella and Bill Reid

Me, Tim Gresham, Julie Keating, Debora Klein and Louise Blyton

Bill and I

Bill and Deborah Bradbury. Deborah owns a portrait I did of Bill many years ago.

It can get crowded at an opening!