Interview on 'Talking With Painters'

I was recently interviewed by Maria Stoljar for her podcast series Talking With Painters where Australian painters talk about their lives and art. You can listen to the full 40 minute interview at www.talkingwithpainters.com, or you can subscribe to the podcast series on your mobile device.

It was such a pleasure to share my journey through the art world and discuss my upcoming projects with Maria. You can also watch a short video of me discussing my process by clicking here

Exploration 17 at Flinders Lane Gallery

I'm  very excited to be one of 11 artists participating in 'Exploration 17'  at Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne. This group exhibition for emerging and unsigned artists runs from May 23 to June 17, with opening drinks 1-3pm on Saturday May 27.

Other artists in the show include Kate Banazi, Anna Madeleine, Chelsea Gustaffson, Holly Pearce, Kay Kochel, Jimmy Langer, Ryan Pola, Annie Simpson-Barry, Raymond Carter and Marie Masnfield. 

You can view my works for the show by clicking here. For all sales and enquiries, please contact Flinders Lane Gallery on info@flg.com.au or call 03 9654 3332 . 

'BRINK' | Solo Exhibition Opening in Melbourne

I'm excited to unveil Brink, a solo exhibition at Cambridge Studio Gallery in Collingwood, running from March 29 through to April 23. This will be my first Melbourne show, having won the Cambridge Studio Gallery Portrait Prize in 2016. Inspired by subjects on the cusp of change, this series of paintings and drawings are both literal and allegorical expressions of transformation.  You can view an online catalogue of the show here. For all enquiries, please contact the gallery on info@cambridgestudiogallery.com.au or on (03) 94860169. 

The show will be opened by esteemed artist, Godwin Bradbeer at drinks this Sunday, 2-4pm. Godwin was the judge of the 2016 Portrait Prize, which awarded me this solo show at the gallery. I hope to see you there. 

Opening Drinks: Sunday the 2nd of April, 2 - 4pm

Exhibition Dates: 29th March to 23rd April

Hours: 12 – 5 Wednesday to Sunday

Cambridge Studio Gallery, 52 Cambridge St, Collingwood VIC 3066

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Winner of the Cliftons Sydney Art Prize and People's Choice Award

I'm honoured to have won the Cliftons Sydney Art Prize, as well as the Cliftons People’s Choice Award last night with my painting 'Transendence'. 

Thank you Cliftons Art Prize for your generous support of the arts, and thank you to all who voted for me in the People’s Choice Award. I’m so incredibly grateful for this recognition.

Congratulations to the other finalists and winners. It was a terrific exhibition. 

Exhibition at Project [504] Gallery

Here's a virtual tour of my current exhibition at the Project 504 Gallery, 65 Berry Street, North Sydney. I've been a resident artist at Project 504 since July, and am so thrilled to be working alongside the inspiring creatives who are involved in this collective. A special shout out to our amazing gallery manager Zeynep Dilek for hanging this show while I was in Perth. The gallery is open 12-5 Monday to Friday or by appointment. 

Floor Talk and Workshop at the Art Gallery of Western Australia

As part of the tenth anniversary of the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture and Portrait Month at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, I will be conducting a workshop and participating in a floor talk about my painting of Thomas Keneally - author of such acclaimed novels as Schindler's Ark and The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith.

Click here for full details on my workshop at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. 

My floor talk will take place on Friday the 14th of October, also at the AGWA, alongside fellow Black Swan finalists Peter Barker and Thomas Delohery. If you're in Western Australia, I hope to see you there! 

Finalist in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture in WA

I'm absolutely over the moon to have been selected as a finalist in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture in Perth. My painting of the much-revered Australian author, Thomas Keneally, will be on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from the 8th until the 31st of October. It will then tour to the St John of God Healthcare (Subiaco and Murdoch campuses) from the 7th of November until the 10th of December. What a great privilege.

It's also ben an honour to meet and paint such a great Australian who has enriched the lives of so many through his compassionate novels. Congratulations to all finalists, and an enormous thank you to Tom and the team at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts for making this happen. 

Finalist in the Marie Ellis Drawing Prize

The latest piece in my 'Reverberate' series featuring artist Sarah Tracton has been selected as one of 25 finalists in the Marie Ellis Drawing Prize at Jugglers Art Space in Brisbane. 

A massive congratulations to Michael Armstrong , who won the overall prize for his stunning drawing 'The Traits of the Living (Dying)'. The exhibition will run from the 5th to the 27th of August. at 103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane QLD.

Finalist in the Emerging Artist Award 2016

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My painting 'The Selfie' has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 Emerging Artist Award, presented by fortyfivedownstairs in conjunction with Future Leaders.

My piece will hang alongside 16 other artists’ work at the fortyfivedownstairs gallery, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, until the 2nd of July.

I've included the written statement accompanying my work below for those who are unable to view the exhibition in person. It's a great privilege to be selected, and I wish all finalists the best of luck.

"In the time I’ve spent preparing this statement, 532,079 people have taken photos of their faces and uploaded them to Instagram using the hashtag #selfie. Never before in history have we had the tools to self-publish our daily minutia and bodies so explicitly. We share so much of ourselves via social media, but how much are selfies used as a device to hide what we are truly experiencing? In depicting the peculiar and often disturbing nature of the selfie’, my work takes aim at the selectively curated life. Painting on a polyester surface with artificial lighting, I intended to convey the more superficial and dark undertones of the selfie culture – the crafted and masked identity. I invite the viewer to consider the deeper meanings behind why individuals snap and share their selfies online. In effect, the painting is an exploration of the disparity between the authentic and disembodied virtual self."

Finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize

My painting of musical theatre performer, Kerrie Anne Greenland, has been selected as a finalist for the biannual Percival Portrait Painting Prize in Townsville. 

It's a privilege to be hanging alongside such talent in this $40,000 aquisitive prize. 

Well done to Queensland-based artist Lisa Adams, who won the major prize with her intricately painted and surreal self-portrait 'Revelation' - and also to Barbara Cheshire who won the 150th local prize with her soulful painting, 'I Remember'. 

It's wonderful to see portraiture embraced so fondly by the people of Townsville. Thanks to everyone involved who makes this event happen.  The exhibition will run at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery until the 10th of July. 

 
 
Photo courtesy of Kim Guthrie. 

Photo courtesy of Kim Guthrie. 

My painting of Kerrie Anne alongside Paul Jackson's portrait of iconic comedian Paul Livingston (aka 'Flacco'). 

My painting of Kerrie Anne alongside Paul Jackson's portrait of iconic comedian Paul Livingston (aka 'Flacco'). 

Finalist in the Calleen Art Award

I'm incredibly honoured to have my painting 'Transcendence' hanging in the 2016 Calleen Art Award.

This national acquisitive painting prize was established in 1977 by Patricia Fagan OAM, and is made possible by the generous support of the Calleen Trust.

The 2016 award was judged was John Cheeseman, the Director of Mosman Art Gallery. A big congratulations to Tania Mason, who took out the $19,000 prize with her sensitive and powerful gouache painting, 'Irregular Plasma'.

I was fortunate enough to attend the exhibition on the weekend at Cowra Regional Art Gallery, and it is a terrific show organised by lovely people.

 
 

Group Exhibition at Project 504

I’m currently exhibiting work at Project 504 gallery in a group show with some sensational artists, including Helen Connolly, Sean Hutton, Christina Rogers and Lucy West-Sooby. ‘Uncovered: Making a Work of Art’ offers insight into the creative process behind a completed work.

While the group share a background of classical training at the Julian Ashton Art School, the exhibition aims to reveal that even among like-minded artists there is a diverse range of creative methods and no two imaginations are the same. Art lovers will gain valuable insight into the nature of creative work, and fellow artists will recognise some of their own daily hardships and triumphs.

The exhibition was opened by fine art specialist and auctioneer, Anne Phillips, and featured live music form folk/jazz trio, Marcus Holden, Keiran Ryan-Colton and Gary Steele. It was also an honour to have our former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, in attendance, viewing the latest portrait of him by Sean Hutton. Click here for a full gallery of images from the opening night.

Former prime minister, Bob Hawke, alongside his daughter Sue Pieters-Hawke, Blanche d'Alpuget and the artist, Sean Hutton. 

Former prime minister, Bob Hawke, alongside his daughter Sue Pieters-Hawke, Blanche d'Alpuget and the artist, Sean Hutton. 

Crowds gathering at Project 504 gallery. 

Crowds gathering at Project 504 gallery. 

Award-winning filmmaker and ceramicist, Sarah Tracton, standing under my portrait of her 'Reverberate'. 

Award-winning filmmaker and ceramicist, Sarah Tracton, standing under my portrait of her 'Reverberate'. 

Winner of the 2016 'Who Is Looking At You Portrait Prize'

I'm over the moon to have found out that my painting of Dr Gemma Olsson has won the 2016 'Who Is Looking At You Portrait Prize' hosted by Cambridge Studio Gallery in Collingwood, Melbourne.

The prize was judged by Goodwin Bradbeer and Yvette Coppersmith - two artists whose work I admire immensely. This is a great honour, and I'm incredibly grateful to Susan Gibson and Ness Alexandra from Cambridge Studio Gallery, Dr Olsson, the judges and all the wonderful finalists in this competition.

The portrait was also recently the subject of a news story in the Parramatta Sun and the Western Sydney Local Health District News.

I'll be holding a solo exhibition at Cambridge Studio Gallery in early 2017.

Judges Yvette Coppersmith and Goodwin Bradbeer. Photo courtesy of Cambridge Studio Gallery.

Judges Yvette Coppersmith and Goodwin Bradbeer. Photo courtesy of Cambridge Studio Gallery.

The portrait of Dr Gemma Olsson.

The portrait of Dr Gemma Olsson.

Every Boardroom Needs An Artist

I’m fortunate enough to be one of 12 artists participating in the inaugural ‘Every Boardroom Needs An Artist’ exhibition.

YSC, a global leadership consultancy firm, has paired artists trained at the Julian Ashton Art School with CEOs from Australia and New Zealand to produce portraits to commemorate their 25-year anniversary.

I was assigned Joydeep Hor, the founder and managing director of People + Culture Strategies – an innovative workplace and HR law firm. I found Joydeep to be a wonderful, generous person with a great intellect and exceptional communication skills. (You can read my full artist statement below.)

The portrait was exhibited at YSC’s anniversary celebrations at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Quayside Room on the 11th of November. A big congratulations to Frannie Deane - her portrait of Damian Smith, CEO of Essential Media Communications, took out the top prize. 

Click here for more info on this initiative and visit the Facebook Page for updates on all participating artists. 

Joydeep and I at the Museum of Contemporary Art Quayside Room, where the portraits were unveiled to all participating leaders. 

Joydeep and I at the Museum of Contemporary Art Quayside Room, where the portraits were unveiled to all participating leaders. 

"Upon meeting Joydeep I was struck by his exceptional communication skills and openness, which allowed us to cover a range of topics throughout our sitting. He had a philosophical approach to leadership and success, and had a great deal compassion for others. This was also evidenced by his interest in literature and the work of Charles Dickens.

With this in mind, my goal was to capture an expression in the face that displayed empathy and humility. The position of the hands was carefully considered to reflect his grounded and connected nature. Likewise, the subtle yellow background was used to convey optimism and the red tie was intended to symbolize his bold approach to leadership.

It’s very much a portrait of Joydeep in the workplace - but as he pointed out as the founder of People + Culture Strategies, the professional is also the personal, and I wanted the work to reflect this." 

Sketching Joydeep at our initial sitting in his office on George Street, Sydney. 

Sketching Joydeep at our initial sitting in his office on George Street, Sydney. 

'Vision' At M2 Gallery, Surry Hills

 
Margherita, Haruyo, Chunyu and I. 

Margherita, Haruyo, Chunyu and I. 

I’m excited to be exhibiting some of my portraits in a group show with three amazing women – Haruyo MoritaChunyu Zhang and Margherita Sanguineti

‘Vision’ runs from the 13th to the 25th of November at M2 Gallery, 450 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills (Sydney) and features a diverse set of work ranging from Chunyu Zhang’s contemporary interiors, Margherita’s intricate landscapes and Haruyo Morita’s sensitive ‘Soul Portraits’. 

You can find out more about the content of the exhibition here. For photos from the opening night, click here

With artist/teacher/friend Francis Giacco. 

With artist/teacher/friend Francis Giacco

When life imitates art with the incredible Dr Gemma Olsson.

When life imitates art with the incredible Dr Gemma Olsson.

Click here for more photos from opening night. 

Click here for more photos from opening night. 

HIGHLY COMMENDED - THE CAMBRIDGE STUDIO GALLERY PORTRAIT PRIZE

I was absolutely delighted to be Highly Commended at the 'Who Is Looking At You?' Portraize Prize on the weekend, hosted by Cambrdige Studio Gallery in Collingwood, Melbourne. 

Judged by esteemed artists Graeme Drendel and Colleen Ahern, it was an honour to be selected as a finalist - and even more so to receive a Highly Commended Award alongisde portrait artist Paul Miller. RMIT Photography Graduate Kimberly Liddle won this annual prize with a stunning and unique photographic collage/sculpture. 

Congratulations to all finalists, and a big thank you to every person involved with the show - and of course the wonderful model/muse Tony. His wonderfully expressive face that combines wisdom, apathy and introspection is a portrait artist's dream!

All finalists works are on display at the gallery Collingwood until the 28th of February, so make sure you swing by if you're in the area.

The Rocks Village Bizarre - Vlogging With Peter Baecker

It was an absolute blast recording this short video blog with the fabulous Peter Baecker last week. This unique performance artist/dancer/DJ and all-round entertainer is currently exhibiting as part of The Rocks Village Bizarre festival, hosting a 90s-themed dance party in the middle of Sydney's historic foreshore district every Friday night. I was fortunate enough to paint a portrait of Peter (and his spectacular hair), with the finished result on display in the Metcalf Arcade throughout December. Many thanks to Peter and The Rocks Pop Up for the Village Bizarre initiative, which has truly enriched this part of Sydney.

Artwork Featured in Sydney Harbour Campaign

I am truly honoured to have an image of me painting featured in a new advertising campaign in Sydney's historic harbour precinct. Titled 'Made By Many Hands', the campaign involves bakers, chefs, tailors, artisans and locals producing products with their hands in The Rocks - one of Australia's most vibrant and historically significant areas. Images of me painting at The Julian Ashton Art School appear on plinths, billboards, flags and bus stops in and around the Sydney Harbour Foreshore and The Rocks. Try and spot me and other locals if you're passing by!