Thursday, May 18, 2017

Come to the Cabaret


The set of Cabaret at the Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne


Last night was a treat. Deborah Klein, Paul Compton and I saw a production of Cabaret at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne. Characters that are in the stage production are missing in the film. In this production we are seeing a truer version of its source material - Christopher Isherwood's Mr. Norris Changes Trains

Paul Capsis played the role of Emcee and he lit up the stage with his magic, but all the performances were magnificent. Sally Bowles was played by Chelsea Gibb and she made the role her own. The mixture of faded glamour, the bizarre and prevalent seediness were perfectly realised and the songs of Kander and Ebb were at times poignant, funny or sinister. John O'May played Herr Shulz and Kate Fitzpatrick played Fraulein Schneider, both wonderful performances. I mention these actors because after the show we had a drink at the bar and most of the cast turned up too. We had a chat with Paul Capsis, Kate Fitzpatrick, John O'May and Chelsea Gibb, so that made it a double highlight for the night.



 Deborah Klein, Paul Capsis, Shane Jones





The two Pauls, Compton and Capsis

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Land, Rain & Sun forms part of ART+CLIMATE+CHANGE 2017







At the opening of LAND, RAIN & SUN exhibition with a selection of my small cloud paintings.


LAND, RAIN & SUN

The Charles Nodrum Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of Australian and European landscape painting and works on paper dating from the 19th century to today, presented in collaboration with Climarte.

Land, Rain & Sun forms part of ART+CLIMATE+CHANGE 2017 - a program of specially curated exhibitions across Melbourne and Regional Victoria, with related public programs, events and speakers that broadcast Climarte's advocacy for action through the arts to restore a sustainable environment.

Selected works will be accompanied by analysis and comments from participating climate scientists Penny Whetton and Joelle Gergis, shedding light on how changing environments approach hopes to produce new readings of the works beyond the purely aesthetic, and extend this vision in the direction of Climate's mission.

Over 100 works, this exhibition will be the largest and most broad ranging in the program.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Moonlight Paintings

Glow, 2017, oil on 56 x 46 cm

Another oil painting in my series of moonlight as the subject matter. This is a completely made up composition, but inspired by what I see at night when I'm driving back and forth between Melbourne and Ballarat. There are no actual hills this high but taking the eye into the sky works well with an exaggerated viewpoint.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Paintings of Moonlight


Continuing with my series of moonlight paintings, this one is a view of the lights of Melbourne coming down the Pentland Hills, about 50 Kilometres outside of Ballarat. It's also a variation on this view, the other similar work is titled City Lights and the Moon, 2016.  Again these works are a combination of memory and invention, because this observational point can only be seen going down the hill in a car. Every time I travel this road at night, I take particular notice of the night lights so that my memory becomes my sketchbook.


Midnight Glow, 2016, oil on linen, 61 x 91.5 cm

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Portrait of Paul Compton


This is another portrait in an ongoing series of profile portraits of artists, and Paul Compton was the terrific sitter. The session lasted about 3-4 hours and was done in charcoal on grey paper with touches of white pastel.


Portrait of Paul Compton, 2016, charcoal and white pastel, 47.5 x 35.25 cm

Sunday, March 19, 2017

White Horses and the Night


These two paintings are an extension of my horse racing series and the moonlight series. Although these scenes could occur in real life, the aim is to create a mood rather than a horse in the landscape. 


The Still of the Night, 2016, oil on linen, 35.5 x 41 cm


Flight, 2016, oil on linen, 29.5 x 36.25 cm

Friday, March 10, 2017

Portrait of Aimee Board

Aimee is the fourth profile portrait I've completed recently. My aim is to do a number of such portraits and form a collection of people in the arts.

I met Aimee recently at Warrnambool Art Gallery where I had an exhibition, but when we got talking it turned out we were in the same drawing class space at RMIT but in different years, so we didn't mix as students. So in fact, it was a meeting up again after so many years.

Aimee ia an artist and is currently doing photography as an extension to her curatorial studies at Melbourne University.


Aimee, charcoal and white pastel, 2017


Aimee sitting for her portrait



Monday, March 6, 2017

Arthur Streeton Prints

Last week at the Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop, an exhibition of Arthur Streeton prints was introduced to the public. I had no idea that that he had created any prints at all, but last year, William Streeton, the grandson of the artist, called in to the gallery with some plates under his arm which turned out to be the work of Arthur Streeton. They had not been preserved well so there was a question over whether they could be printed with satisfactory results. He presented them to Theo and Soula Mantalvanos, who run the gallery, and this exhibition is the result of this historic meeting and Theo's brilliance as a printer.

Photo credits - Deborah Klein



Some of the Streeton prints on view.


One of my favourite etchings 


Looking at the work of Joel Wolter, artist in residence 
during the Streeton exhibition.

 Theo and Should Mantalvanos opening the exhibition with Marguerite Brown.


 Marguerite Brown, General Manger of the Print Council of Australia, 
adding some insights to the Streeton exhibition.

 Taking advantage of the Queenscliff weather, Deborah and 
I took a stroll along the beach.

Deborah's pet name drawn with a wonderful feather 
found amongst the seaweed.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Portrait of Peter Wegner

Last year Peter Wegner and I agree to draw each other and this is my version of him, I was going to say sitting, but he actually stood for his portrait. It's a charcoal drawing with touches of white pastel. I don't fix these drawings because I've found that if you use a white pastel with the charcoal, the white darkens when the drawing is fixed. 

Peter is yet to draw me!






Portrait of Peter Wegner, 2016, charcoal and white pastel, 68.5 x 46.75 cm




Monday, February 6, 2017

EDITIONS 17



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


 Gaze


 Looking at a set of small works


 Easel Picture and a viewer


 Untitled #104 or, me and my shadow


 Threshold (left)  Untitled #104


 Otherness


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