Leipzig in Hamburg

Here are some photos from the opening event at our group exhibition on     25 May, which I unfortunately could not attend because I have returned to Australia. 

To create this exhibition huge effort was made by Lea Lynn, Penny Monogiou, Anna-Louise Rolland and Laura Bierau. Also much thanks to our wonderful host Greskewitz Kleinitz Galerie 

Download "Leipzig in Hamburg" catalogue PDF

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Sedimente Exhibition event

Images taken earlier this month of LIA's 10 year anniversary event "Sedimente" held in the Werkschau building within the Spinnerei complex.

"Sedimente" Jubiläumsausstellung

It is an important 10 year anniversary for the Leipzig International Art Program (LIA) which I attended from 2015-16. 

Key artworks from the LIA collection are part of this group exhibition at the huge Werkschau building in the Spinnerei. Several of my own paintings are also included. 

We've just finished installing the work and setting up the space for the opening night on 8th March. The exhibition runs until 24 March

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End of an era: Heiser Gallery

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My Painting Strolling Tapestry which was created in Aschersleben, Germany is exhibited in the Christmas Show Cheer-io at Hesier Gallery, Brisbane. 

It is the final exhibition of the gallery, sadly they will be closing at the end 2017. It will be a poignant event which Im sorry to miss as I will still be in Europe bogged down in the snow. 

Cheer-io opens Saturday 2 December from 1-3pm and runs until 20 December.

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PARADIGMA Blickwechsel 2017

I have a drypoint etching in a new cassette of prints which were created by Atelier für Radierung at the Spinnerei.

The series will be displayed at Tapetenwerk in Leipzig, along with other work curated by Anna-Louise Rolland (Director of the LIA residency program).

The exhibition opens 13. October and runs until 11. November.

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Process of a painting: "Cockaigne"

Flashback to my Cockaigne painting which was made for the inaugural Qld Figurative Award at the RQAS in 2014.

The theme motivating the imagery was the ancient myth of Cockaigne. An inspiration was the important painting titled the "Land of Cockaigne" by Pieter Bruegel, in Munich. His influential picture is one of my earliest art memories and has come back to my mind constantly throughout the years. 

My painting is a soft interpretation of the themes in Cockagine and it was designed to be evocative and not explicit. 

At the time I was looking a lot at the Berlin artist Ruprecht von Kaufmann, especially his works from 2008-10. Ruprecht was later to help me a lot and support my work as a mentor.

This post gives a sense of the process used for most pictures which I create.

 Left: Some very early ideas / Right: A later composition which established some important connections through the image

Left: Some very early ideas / Right: A later composition which established some important connections through the image

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 A good friend modelling in my Brisbane studio

A good friend modelling in my Brisbane studio

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 Initial small sketchbook ideas from imagination for the floating figures. The two on the left were used as final reference for the small figures at the top right of the painting

Initial small sketchbook ideas from imagination for the floating figures. The two on the left were used as final reference for the small figures at the top right of the painting

 Studies from life model for the floating figure- giving myself options to choose from later on

Studies from life model for the floating figure- giving myself options to choose from later on

 I was continuously moving elements around in such studies until they sat together well and felt right

I was continuously moving elements around in such studies until they sat together well and felt right

 Bonus little Ivor Hele copy in the top right corner

Bonus little Ivor Hele copy in the top right corner

 In a still image, the subtle differences between attitudes of a figure mean a lot

In a still image, the subtle differences between attitudes of a figure mean a lot

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 Quick colour studies, swapping elements and relationships

Quick colour studies, swapping elements and relationships

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 Left: Ground plane.  Right: Hands and head

Left: Ground plane.  Right: Hands and head

 Building up the final painting: From a thin washy block-in / to a drawing phase / then creating refined, opaque colour masses/ and finally modelling complex forms

Building up the final painting: From a thin washy block-in / to a drawing phase / then creating refined, opaque colour masses/ and finally modelling complex forms

 The finished painting

The finished painting

"Affects on Absorption" exhibition

This weekend will be interesting as I have work in and will attend the Autumn Rundgang at the Spinnerei in Leipzig. Its an epic public event and always really fun to see the Spinnerei come to life in this way, as it is usually a quiet set of buildings where artists work. 

This year is an official relationship with German and Australian Governments, with a cultural program titled Australia Now. The LIA residency studios are exhibiting my work and many other residents from Australia.

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Paper Earth book

Im one of the artists featured in a new monthly volume, created as an ebook series by paperearth.org

The masterminds are the artists Miles Lewis & Steven Van.  

Purchases of this publication support treepeople.com. Based in LA, Tree People plant & care for trees, harvest rain and renew depleted landscapes. 

The book project has a beautiful objective: engaging artists who honour the environment, connecting with the public and raising funds for environmental causes.

Other contributing artists include:

Susan Abbott / Erik Linton / Denny Bales / Jeanne Dunn / Lesley Goren / Andrew James Mckay / Cassie Zhang / Cathy Weiss / Skye Amber Sweet / Vivian Shih / Michelle Rozic / Lark Pilinsky / Gregory RadionovFabian Lijtmaer / Cheryl Richey / Carolyn Lord / Toti O'Brien / Donna Leavitt / Philipa Bearle / Julian Perry / Jane Eaton / Tim Craven 

 

Cover artwork by Miles Lewis

A little commission on the side...

Ive been developing the new work for my 2018 solo exhibition at Heiser Gallery in Brisbane, Australia.

As a challenge I took on a small mural commission for a local performance group, who are also the operators of a fascinating shop called Mikes Werkstatt which specialises in 1920's antiques and other strange paraphernalia.

Mike and Christian are the masterminds who are creating a touring music performance and puppetry show. Of course they need a stage to perform on during their travels around Austria. So I painted a mural of a basic stage for them, in my new studio. Additionally they are building and carving a gypsy travelling caravan which will be pulled by horses, of whom they have also learnt to rear and train. 

Importantly they need help to bring the project to life. Please follow THIS LINK to view the crowdfunding campaign. Their website is Figura Magica

They are also involved in a documentary production about the journey of their travelling troupe dreams. Ive already been filmed while painting the mural and may end up appearing in the final cut. HERE is the first of several videos on YouTube about the Figura Magica adventure.

Below is a small colour study mockup of the overall design as well as the individual panels which are painted in acrylic at full size.

The complete mural is more than 4 metres in height and 3.5 metres wide. Mike and Christian will add all kinds of other interesting additions to this basic mural set up including curtains, lanterns, puppets and moving parts as well fully developed real gold leaf elements.

 Quick colour study of the mural in a basic outdoor setting

Quick colour study of the mural in a basic outdoor setting

 Upper section. The difference between each panel is because they are photographed separately and grafted together afterward with photoshop. Each plywood panel is a little warped at this stage as are not yet braced and so there is some glare and tonal variation.

Upper section. The difference between each panel is because they are photographed separately and grafted together afterward with photoshop. Each plywood panel is a little warped at this stage as are not yet braced and so there is some glare and tonal variation.

 This detail gives a better sense of the colour relationships as well as the resolution. The mural is supposed to carry itself from a distance, I enjoyed this more painterly approach.

This detail gives a better sense of the colour relationships as well as the resolution. The mural is supposed to carry itself from a distance, I enjoyed this more painterly approach.

 Bottom section. The wood panelling was really fun on these areas

Bottom section. The wood panelling was really fun on these areas

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Aschersleben residency video

While working on a residency in Aschersleben at the Neo Rauch Grafik Stiftung from July to September in 2016 the residents were interviewed by Thomas Werner for a documentary series.

Check out the video below, or follow this LINK to YouTube.

I hope the Ascherlebeners aren't too upset with my comments and first impressions of the locals!!

This opportunity was a lovely experience and looking back it was important to the development of my work. We were spoilt as residents and I greatly appreciate how rare this kind of support and situation was for my career. I am planning to spend more time in Aschersleben in the future as well as exploring other parts of East Germany, because this area has made an incredibly strong impression on me.