Friday, May 22, 2020

Apocalipso now!

Hi, here's the five flavours of 2020- Denial Donut, Bargaining BubbleGum, Angry Orange, Depressed Durian and Acceptance Apricot.
I made these new ceramic sculptures as part of an upcoming project I'm excited to be working on with Cement Fondu Gallery. The project launches in June, more details on that coming soon!

In the meantime I just wanna say a huge thanks to everyone who enjoyed the 
fish drawing video I made with Bunjil Place Gallery! 

Here's some of the amazing fishes that were drawn in response to it by some awesome young artists.

Here's a big blue eyed fish eating a little fish, by the incredible Gus!
Here's a fishy Mothers Day card from an extremely talented 8 year old.

And here's Celeste with her fin-tastic fishy masterpiece!

If you enjoyed the fish drawing video and would like to try another activity, here's a new video I made for Bunjil Place Gallery where you can learn how to draw your shopping list, just like Michelangelo! 

Thanks so much for reading, hope you're safe and well and that the rest of your weekend is easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Monday, May 04, 2020

When you fish upon a star

Hey, have you ever wanted to know how to draw a fish?

Yes? Fantastic! Or should I say, fintastic, because i
n exciting news I've just made a new fish drawing tutorial video, filmed at home for Bunjil Place Gallery.
In the video you'll learn how to draw an animated fish named Calm Clive. The video's aimed at a younger audience but I think it's pretty fun for all ages. Hope you like it!
Big thank you to Sarah Lyons and everyone at Bunjil Place for inviting me to do this, and also a huge thanks to my partner Emmy for doing such an amazing job filming, not to mention letting me turn our living room into a film set.
In other news, here's a flyer for an upcoming exhibition I'm in called Shaping Wit, curated by Cassandra Hard-Lawrie at The Concourse gallery in Sydney. 

The group show was originally scheduled to be happening now but is currently postponed.  I'll let you know as soon as the new exhibition dates are confirmed and am looking forward to a time when it's safe to leave the house and hopefully see you there!
Oh and lastly, May the fourth be with you! To celebrate Star Wars day, here's a ceramic sculpture I made last year of a Chewbacca Pez dispenser, called Chewie on Chewie.
And here's Chewie giving you the side eye.
Thanks for reading, hope your week is going swimmingly!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Feeling like a melon bucks

Hi, hope you’re having an egg-cellent day.

Here’s a ceramic sculpture I made back in 2015 called ‘All my eggs in one basket’. 
This photo was taken at Anna Papas Gallery in Melbourne, in the 2015 group exhibition Death/Life curated by Sebastian Goldspink.

When I was making this work I had the egg sculptures drying outside my studio and when I went to check on them I noticed some of them were scattered around the ground with tiny claw marks in them. I realised a bird had mistaken my sculptures for actual eggs and tried to take off with them.

Having a bird think my ceramic eggs were real eggs was probably the biggest compliment my work has ever gotten.

In other egg themed news, here's a new ceramic sculpture I made of a Cadbury Creme Egg Ice-cream!

And in more egg-citing news, recently I had the opportunity to film a little drawing workshop at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Image courtesy of NGV.
For the video I chose to respond to Édouard Manet's 1880 painting ‘The Melon’ because it is the ultimate celebration of the mundane.
Image courtesy of NGV.
I find a lot of humour in the sincerity of still life paintings from this time and enjoy creating playful responses to the mundane in my own practice.

Thanks so much to everyone who's watched it so far, hope you enjoyed it!

You can watch the video here if you feel like drawing along with me.
And if you're in the mood for a little more reading, my friend Amy Gardner interviewed me this week for her new blog Hey Boofhead.

I first met Amy in 2012 when we worked together on an exhibition at Sydney gallery Alaska Projects and we've been good pals ever since. It was a really fun interview with super thoughtful questions, and you can check it out by clicking here!

Also, in the interview I mention how the people who make Bubble'O Bills have apparently just released a new ice-cream, it's Bill's sister, Bubble'O Jill.

I'm happy to report that I've since found a Bubble'O Jill at my local petrol station and here's a new ceramic sculpture I made of it.
Thanks so much for reading, I hope you have a Bubble'O Brilliant rest of the week.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Drop it like it's hot cross bun

Hi, hope you're having a very good Friday! Here's a ceramic work I made last year called Hot Cross Buns On A Recorder.
In other news, a big thanks to everyone who saw the recent group show Let's Play, curated by Tegan Iversen at CS Gallery. 

Here's one of my ceramic works from the show titled 
Three Drumsticks.

Another artist who featured in the exhibition was Evie Barrow, and here's a new ceramic sculpture I made of a great children's book she worked on titled Horatio Squeak.
The book's beautifully written by Karen Foxlee and wonderfully illustrated by Evie Barrow.

Horatio Squeak is a triumphant little tale (or tail) about a mouse who despite being small, learns the importance of speaking up, (or squeaking up!) 
It's a very sweet little story with a big message.

Here's a photo from February 29, only five weeks ago but way back when book launches were still a thing that existed 
and Evie was kind enough to autograph the sculpture.
And speaking of people who illustrate books, in exciting news, I illustrated a book!

The book's called 101 Things To Do When The WiFi Is Down.

A huge thanks to the author Ruby Ashby Orr for inviting me to illustrate it and 
Affirm Press for publishing it. 
Thanks so much for reading. Hope you have a nice long weekend full of hot cross buns, drumsticks, books and WiFi.

Monday, April 06, 2020

Life is like a P.O. Box of chocolates

Hi, hope you're really well, staying safe and having a nice day.

Here's a new drawing called Flatten The Serve.
In these scary times almost everything seems uncertain, but one thing we do know for sure is the correct way to make Vegemite toast. #flattentheserve

In other news, a huge thanks to the people who bid on my sculpture It's Way Too Sunny, Boy, as well as all the other fantastic artworks, in the recent Art Aid fundraiser exhibition held at Gippsland Art Gallery.

Together we raised an amazing $161,200 for the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund, with all money going to those who lost their homes in the recent Australian bushfires.

In other news, here's a new Twisties themed trophy sculpture I was recently commissioned to paint.

It was a really fun project to work on, thanks to Brendan for organising it. The sculpture was commissioned as a parting present for a lawyer who loves Twisties.

And in other news, I got a new P.O Box!

I collect abandoned shopping lists so if you've written one and are done with it, please put it in an envelope and send it my way. 

The postal address is P.O Box 232, Batman, Vic. Australia. 3058.

Thanks so much for reading!

A few things I'm grateful for during this tough time are blogs, P.O boxes and the out of this world technology that allows us to remain connected despite being spacially distanced. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

It never rains but it paws

Hi, here's a new ceramic sculpture I made of a tube of Paw Paw Ointment.
Speaking of paws, there's still three weeks left to see some paw prints I painted as part of my mural in the current exhibition, Drawing On The Wall, at Deakin Art Gallery.
Drawing On The Wall, curated by James Lynch and featuring Kerrie Poliness, Julia Gorman, David Harley and myself, is on until Friday March 27, for more info please click here
Photo by Polo Jimenez
In other news, the Gippsland Art Gallery fundraiser live auction is happening from 4pm this Sunday March 15th, featuring works by so many great artists including Victoria Reichelt, Yvette Coppersmith, Sanne Mestrom, Richard Lewer, Sophia Hewson, Michelle Hamer and Tai Snaith.

All money raised goes towards the Gippsland Bushfire Appeal, helping those in the area affected by the recent bushfires. For more info and to bid online please click here.
And in other news, I've recently been commissioned to make some drawings for the ethical investment website, A Rich Life, run by Claude Walker. Here's one of the drawings I made this week responding to panic buying rolls of toilet paper.

Thanks so much for reading, hope you're really well and having a paw-ticularly nice day.

Monday, February 17, 2020

A Deakin of hope

Hi, here's a new mural I painted last week called Footprints.
This is one of two new murals I painted as part of a new exhibition titled Drawing On The Wall, presented at Deakin University Art Gallery.Drawing On The Wall is a group show featuring myself, Kerrie PolinessJulia Gorman and David Harley.

The show's curated by James Lynch, who invited the artists to make large works directly on the gallery walls.

We also spent time working with the Deakin Uni art students, as seen here in this photo of myself working with art students 
Bianca Fletcher-Gunev, Kat Mitchell and Sam Robertson-Waterson. It felt a bit like we were a formula one crew as we all worked side by side painting the car.
For more info about the exhibition please click here.
And if you'd like to read a little article about the show published in the Dockland News, please click here.

Drawing On The Wall is on until March 27, with the official opening from 6-8pm this Wednesday, February 19. Hopefully see you there!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Choc full of hope

Hi, here's a new ceramic sculpture titled CareForYourFello Koala
I made this sculpture for the ArtForJustice fundraiser, organised by Stella Maynard, with all money raised going directly to the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities and SEED Mob, an Indigenous youth climate network.

I also sold these five new ceramic Friendchips, (with the money raised going to the Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal), because the world could really use a friend right now.
In such a devastating bushfire season it's been so inspiring to see everyone do their best to help in any way they can. 

Another new work I've made in response to the climate crisis is this ceramic sculpture, titled It's Way Too Sunny, Boy.
Acrylic on kiln fired earthenware ceramic. 16 x 10 x 9cm. 2020.
I've donated It's Way Too Sunny, Boy to the Gippsland Bushfire Appeal exhibition, opening this Saturday February 15, at the Gippsland Art Gallery.

The exhibition runs until March 15, when the artworks will be auctioned off with all money raised going towards the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund, to help support those who have lost their homes in the East Gippsland fires.

For more info please click here.

Thanks so much for reading, hope you're having a safe and happy start to the year. 

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Saying hello


Earlier this year I read an incredible book by writer and activist Carly Findlay, titled Say Hello. The book is funny and powerful and brilliant and I liked it so much I made this ceramic sculpture of it, which was included in my recent exhibition at Readings.
Acrylic on ceramic. 15 x 23.5 x 4cm. 2019.
Much to my delight Carly happened to see my Readings exhibition and even tweeted this photo in front of my work!
Carly later commissioned me to make another sculpture of her book for her birthday. (Which is today! Happy Birthday Carly!)
Here's a couple of photos of the finished sculpture.
Acrylic on ceramic. 19 x 19 x 23.5cm. 2019.

And here's a pic from when I delivered the work to Carly.

(Photo by Emmy Clifton)
One fun fact you should know about Carly is she loves Darren Hayes and his band Savage Garden. (I do too of course, in fact Savage Garden was the first concert I ever went to!)
So as a surprise gift for Carly I also made her this ceramic sculpture of Savage Garden's first album.
Acrylic on ceramic. 14 x 12 x 1cm. 2019.
If you'd like to know more about Carly Findlay's work a great introduction would be listening to her interview with comedian Wil Anderson on their episode of his podcast, Wilosophy.

Thanks so much for reading, hope you're having a nice day, and to make your day even nicer here's a video I just found on youtube titled
Hooligans singing Savage Gardens "Truly Madly Deeply'.