Monday, January 14, 2019

Tasmoonia

Hey, for the past two weeks I've been painting murals in Tasmania as part of the upcoming MONA FOMA Festival. 

If you'd have told me ten years ago that I'd get to work with MONA I would've said, "Huh, what's that?" because MONA only opened in 2011. Ha, but working with MONA is such a dream come true!!


Curated by Pippa Mott, I've been invited to paint three murals, consisting of about 25 wall paintings, spread across multiple venues in Launceston. 

The first mural I painted is out the front of the Workers Club and is titled Fairly Armless.


Fairly Armless is showing alongside amazing new work by Sydney pals Rosie Deacon and Heath Franco. Come check it out, here's your invitation!

My second mural is at the 
Inveresk Artspace in the University of Tasmania. This work is titled The Tasmanian Symphony Orchidstra and consists of ten large scale paintings.

Here's a sneak peak at some of them.



Don't mind me, just painting my toenails.

These ten paintings open tomorrow night alongside great new work by amazing Melbourne artist Lou Hubbard, and also UK artist Nick Ryan. Here's your invite!
My third mural isn't actually a mural at all- it's a Mooral


Painted in the large stairway (and elevators) in the iconic Albert Hall, the Mooral consists of dozens of paintings of cows all herding their way down the stairs.

There's an urban legend that apparently cows can't walk down stairs, something to do with the way their knees bend, but this Mooral will show that's a load of bull.

You may be wondering what cows have in common with the performers at Albert Hall? Well, they're both out-standing in their field.

Here's a couple of sneak peaks of the Mooral. My hope is it will put you in the perfect moo-d to grab your day by the horns.





Last week I was interviewed about my work on ABC radio and I mentioned the thing about cows not being able to walk down stairs and a farmer called up to say that I was wrong and that his cows walk down four stairs every day just fine.

I was then interviewed by Shannon on Chili FM and we decided that four stairs doesn't count as a staircase, (haha, so my concept still stands!)

The third radio station I went on was LA FM where I got to speak about MONA Foma with Jules. It was lots of fun and they put our little chat up online so if you wanna hear me be very nervous on the radio you can listen by clicking here. 

Here's a photo Jules took of me after the interview holding up a drawing I'd just done of two Tasmanian devils.
Amazingly, (and a-moo-singly), my Mooral made it onto the cover of the main Launceston newspaper The Examiner. Huge thanks to Frances Vinall for such a great article.

Although I reckon I might need to stop eating quite so many hot cross buns because I don't remember ever having this many chins. 


Far out!
And speaking of things that are far out- another article I read in the Launceston newspaper said that UFO's have been spotted in the area.

Luckily I haven't encountered any yet... Hang on, wait a sec... Uh oh I think they got me!!
Big thanks again to curator Pip Mott and everyone at MONA for being so amazing to work with.
Big thanks to Zak Hutchinson for helping me with the ladder, and for surprising me with boysenberries.
Big thanks to my girlfriend Emmy for helping me eat the boysenberries, and for all her support.
And a big thanks to all the Launceston locals who've said nice things when they've seen me out painting.

The MONA FOMA Festival is happening until January 20th. Some of my murals are staying up until around mid year so if you're in Tasmania why not work your calf muscles and herd over to see them!

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you're having an udderly delightful start to the year.

I’d like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which the murals are located, the palawa and pakana people.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Playing Favorites

Question- what's a birds favourite dessert?
Answer- A frog in a pond!
(Ha, I feel like I should point out that a 'frog in a pond' is a chocolate frog in jelly, just incase you didn't get that toad-ally awesome joke.)
Speaking of hungry birds, here's a drawing I did of a seagull.

And in super egg-citing news, my drawing is on the latest cover of The Monthly!


It's so fun seeing posters of the seagull perched around the city, popping up all over the place like actual seagulls.
And this morning I went to the library and it was so surreal to see my little seagull hanging out with all these iconic covers.
Big thanks to Erik Jenson for this amazing op-bird-tunity!

In other Monthly news, the brilliant writer Helen Garner has just released a book of essays, many of which were first published in The Monthly, and earlier this month I made a ceramic sculpture of it.
Recently, after attending a talk by Helen Garner I had the honour of getting to show her my sculpture and she even autographed it for me!

Big thanks to Text Publishing for this amazing op-book-tunity!
While I'm thanking people, a huge thanks to everyone who saw my work in the most recent exhibition, Dream Theory No. 2 at Pompom Gallery in Sydney.

Here's a photo of one of my new ceramic works in the show called 
Chicken Salt, Salt Lamp, Chicken Salt Lamp.

Chicken Salt, Salt Lamp, Chicken Salt Lamp
Acrylic on ceramic. Photo by @culturescouts. 2018
Another really nice thing that happened this month is The Art Life published their first annual Art Life awards I was the joint winner, along with Sydney artist Sara Morawetz, of their emerging artist award! Huge thanks to The Art Life!

At the time I found out I'd been picked for this award I was on my lunch break working at the supermarket, during a 9 hour shift of pushing trolleys and wearing antlers.

Oh deer
I actually recieved two awards that day- the Art Life emerging artist one, and also the supermarket awarded me a box of Cadbury Favorites. Big thanks to the supermarket!
I like to think the supermarket gave me the Favorites as a way of saying I'm their Favorite trolley pusher. And sure, technically they gave every trolley pusher a box of favorites but that's only because they didn't wanna be accused of Favorites-tism.

Anyway when I got home I put the Favorites to good use and turned them into frogs in ponds.

All croaks aside though this time of year can often be really difficult and I hope you're well and enjoying some unfrogettable nice times with your friends and family.

Later this week I'm heading to Tasmania to do some paintings for Mona Foma. If you're down that way come say hi!
Thanks so much for reading. Wishing you a nice and happy hop into 2019.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sweet dreams are made of Z's

Every night I lie in bed and dream. And by that I mean I hide under the covers and eat a block of this.
Acrylic on ceramic. 21.5 x 9 x 1.5cm. 2018
This dreamy new ceramic sculpture is available at the c3 Contemporary Art Space fundraiser exhibition, opening tomorrow night and on until December 9th. 

For more info please click here!

The show's choc full of great work, it'd be a dream to see you there!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Waffle they dream up next

Hey if you're in Sydney sometime this month come see a group show opening tonight at Pompom Gallery in Chippendale!

Chippendale the suburb that is, not to be confused with these cheeky chipmunks, Chip 'n' Dale. 
Chip'n'Dale in Chippendale. Acrylic marker on paper.  21 x 29.5cm. 2018
Curated by George Adams, the exhibition's titled Dream Theory #2 and features this dreamy line-up of artists- Polly Borland, Matthew Harris, Drew Connor Holland, Laura Moore, Nova Milne, Emily Parsons-lord and Philjames.

Dream Theory #2 opens tonight 6-8pm and is up until December 9. Hopefully see you there, it'd be a dream come true!

Anyway I won't waffle on about it too much but here's a photo of me installing one of my new ceramic works in the show, titled Waffle On.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

If you wallaby my lover, you gotta get with my fur-ends

Hello, here's seven new drawings of animals from the newspapers this week.

On Monday we met Zeus the Goat, Melbourne's newest yoga instructor who really puts the ram in bikram.

On Tuesday this drunk pigeon won New Zealand's Bird Of The Year.


Wednesday was huge for Ruby the Koala, who hosted an important meeting in her tree with Meghan and Harry. 

I honestly can't believe how cool Ruby played it considering what a big fan of the Royals she is!

On Thursday it was good news for Bob Irwin who received a Highly Commended Award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Not so good news for the dessert tree frog though, who very embarrassingly was photographed while being mauled by a huntsman.
On Friday a mother sloth bear told a tiger "Don't talk to me or my sons ever again".
Yesterday a dog got a pat whilst posing in this credit card ad.

And finally, today we met Louie the rescued Koala.


Louie might not have had a fancy meeting with the royals like certain other koalas this week, but even better than that, Louie got to have a big cuddle with Josh the Wallaby.


And that's this weeks animals in the newspaper. (More like, zoospaper!)

Squawk to you again soon, and in the meantime remember to beak kind to each other and to yourself, it's a jungle out there.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

You Aargh! what you eat

Hello, to celebrate it being October, the spookiest month of the year, here's a new series I've made of seven ceramic sculptures of spooky food, presented in order from least spooky to most spookiest.
  
NUMBER 7.
Ghost Drops. (They turn your tongue blue!!!)

NUMBER 6.
Ghost Droppings. (They turn your tongue brown!!!)

NUMBER 5.
Devilled Egg. 
(Best served while performing an egg-sorcism.)

NUMBER 4.
A forgotten banana found in the deepest depths of your backpack.


NUMBER 3.

A Herpes Kiss.


NUMBER 2.
The inevitable follow up to a Herpes Kiss- Cold Sore Tingles.

AND THE NUMBER ONE, MOST SPOOKIEST FOOD IS... 

Peanuts!
(If you are allergic they will literally kill you!!)

Congratulations for reading this all the way to the bottom, you truly are unspookable.

If you think you're brave enough to own any of these spooky ceramic sculptures, starting this Saturday they are all available from the art store at Cement Fondu gallery in Sydney, to coincide with the current horror themed exhibition Warm Bodies.

Hope you have a frightfully spooktacular weekend, spook to you again soon!