Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sunny loving, happened so fast

Hi, here's some new ceramic sculptures of everyone's favourite icy treat that they actually stopped making last year but you can still find in some milk bars; the Sunny-boy.
I photographed the ceramic Sunny-boys here in sunny St. Kilda, on top of my wooden esky sculpture, with a couple of real life sunny boys going for a run in the background.  

And here I am away from the beach, with four of the Sunny-boys hanging on my studio wall.
Amazingly, I was commissioned to make these Sunny-boy sculptures for the great Peter Oxley, AKA the bass player in the awesome Australian band the Sunnyboys!!!

And so yeah, super exciting, here's a photo of Peter alongside his brother and Sunnyboys bandmate Jeremy. I'm told this photo was taken in Newtown in Sydney in 1980, (apparently back then Sunny-boys were only 20 cents!), and best of all the photo shows Peter holding an actual Sunny-boy.

And now, here's Pete just last week, holding my Sunny-boy sculpture.
It's so cool to be able to compare the two images of Peter and the Sunny-boy, separated in time by almost four decades!

A huge thank you to Pete's partner, Heidi Jackson, for organising this commission. Heidi is also a stellar artist herself, and I'm super thrilled to have a fantastic little painting of hers hanging in my bedroom. 

Here's a photo I took of Heidi's painting while standing in the middle of the road.
And you can (and should!) check out more of Heidi's paintings by clicking here.

As well as Heidi, I also wanna say a big thanks to Peter for his support, and also a big thanks to Melbourne filmmaker Emmy Clifton for helping me document the Sunny-boy sculptures.

Lastly of course a big thanks to the band the Sunnyboys for all their music. And in exciting news, the Sunnyboys will be performing live this February 2nd at the Melbourne Zoo as part of the concert series of Music Against Wildlife Extinction. For more info on that click here.

So yeah, looking forward to the zoo next year, and in the meantime if you're desperate for a Sunny-boy fix then you're in luck because earlier today I spotted this Razz Rasberry flavoured six pack, all yours for just $2.99, still currently available in the PAST DATED section at the Foodworks in Flemington.

Oh boy, oh boy. Thanks heaps for reading, I hope you're having a particularly sunny day, and to finish up here's one of my very favourite Sunnyboys songs. It's called Happy Man, it's from 1981 and if possible my hot tip is that it's best played at full volume while driving to the beach. Or the zoo. Or Flemington Foodworks.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Somewhere over the rainbow paddlepop

Hi, here's seven new little ceramic sculptures I was commissioned to make for the Melbourne Town Hall art collection.

I was going to photograph them in my studio but the weather was nice so I decided to go for a walk around the block and photograph them in front of some flowers.
Golden Gaytime. Acrylic on ceramic. 20 x 7 x 4cm. 2017.

Rainbow Paddlepop. Acrylic on ceramic. 19 x 6 x 2cm. 2017.

Milko. Acrylic on ceramic. 10 x 2 x 1cm. 2017.

Redskin. Acrylic on ceramic. 10 x 2 x 1cm. 2017.

Dead horse. Acrylic on ceramic. 21.5 x 8 x 6cm. 2017.

It's a long way to the shop if you wanna sausage roll. 22 x 7 x 7cm. Acrylic on ceramic. 2017.

A saucey smile. Acrylic on ceramic. 6 x 6 x 3cm. 2017.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dog Day Afternoon Delight

Hey, here's a quick drawing I did of an adorable, (and a-drawable), dog in the park.

Speaking of dogs, the group exhibition I was in called Every Dog Will Have It's Day has just come to a close, (held at the dog-gone Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Sydney, curated by Sophia Cai and Kathleen Linn).

My work in the exhibition was this triptych titled "Underdog, Hotdog, Western bulldog".
The triptych consists of a big canvas painting of an underdog, a ceramic hotdog, and a ceramic sculpture of a book by now retired AFL Western Bulldogs footballer Bob Murphy. 

But my Bob Murphy book sculpture wasn't the only ceramic book I made for the exhibition because in the lead up to the opening of the show I also made this sculpture of an exhibition catalogue about another person in the show, the great Sydney based artist Anastasia Klose, from her 2011 Gertrude exhibition "I Can't Stop Living". 

Here's the sculpture photographed in my backyard.

Did you know that apparently in the Middle Ages when we needed some copying done we couldn't just go to Officeworks? Instead, there were Monks whose job it was to individually reproduce manuscripts by hand.

I'm reading a great book at the moment all about the history of libraries and it says that supposedly these Monks believed "The very act of copying out texts by forming each letter and each stroke by hand was itself an act of observance and devotion". 

I really like that quote because it's definitely how I feel when painting away on a lot of my sculptures, like the inside cover of this ceramic Anastasia Klose catalogue. 

Anyway though, at the end of the day I guess it's all just a bit of Monk-y business 

And here's a photo from the opening of Anastasia and I, standing in front of both our work.

In other exciting news, I've got three drawings in an exhibition that's just opened at the Melbourne Town Hall Gallery. The show is all about the decline of the newspaper industry, and it's titled Ink in the blood: The life of Melbourne's newspapers.
The exhibition is curated by Andrew Stephens, a former journalist for the The Age newspaper, and the show's on until to February 17th, 2018. Which means, just like if you were holding a stack of newspapers, you've got Ages.

And in really fantastic news, the City of Melbourne have acquired all three of my drawings in this exhibition for the Victorian state collection. 

Here's one of the drawings, titled 'five people on the train reading The Age'.

Other than that, just two blocks up the road, is the group exhibition I'm in about Artist Books at the State Library of Victoria, which is still on until November 12. The feedback for this show has been seriously amazing so please check that out too if you can!

And the last thing to mention for today is that I'm super thrilled to be a finalist in the upcoming 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, opening on the spooky day of this Friday the 13th. So if you're in Sydney at the end of the week then please join me for the exhibition opening, here's your invitation;

In the meantime though I hope you're having a nice week, being kind to others and being kind to yourself. And finally, here's a ceramic sculpture I made of a Rainbow Paddlepop.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Whenever I see a pro athlete I admire I always seem to turn back into a 6 year old dorky fan. (Well, whenever I see someone who's a pro at anything really!)

Here's a photo from February when I very excitedly got to meet the great bulldogs captain Bob Murphy, who just this weekend played his last game of AFL football. 
Bob Murphy is a pretty special footballer for a lot of reasons, not least of which being the insightful, romantic and funny column he regularly wrote for The Age newspaper during his career, often reflecting on the game of football he'd played just a couple of days earlier.

These pieces were later compiled into a book called "Murphy's Lore", which as a little tribute I made a ceramic replica of, and then amazingly Bob was kind enough to autograph.

My sculpture of the bulldogs book is included amongst other new dog themed work in the exhibition Every Dog Has It's Day, on now until September 17 at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. So if you're in Sydney then please go sniff it out dog gone it!
(Quick drawing done while watching Collingwood defeat the Bulldogs in the AFL Womens League.)

Also, another thing on if you're in Sydney, I have a painting in the upcoming Firstdraft fundraiser auction that's on tomorrow night, (Friday September 1st), from 6-9pm!
To save me from having to write out the names of all the other artists who have donated work to the fundraiser, here's a flyer with the full list;

Firstdraft is a fantastic artist run gallery in Sydney and all the money raised from this fundraiser goes towards keeping the gallery rent free for all next years exhibiting artists. 

My piece you can bid on is this acrylic on canvas painting, titled 'Chinspiration'.
Chinspiration. Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 40cm. 2017

So yeah, thanks heaps for reading, and if you're chin Sydney tomorrow then you are very much chinvited to come bid on an artwork and at the same time help out a great gallery, it's a chin-chin situation!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

You ant seen nothing yet

Hey, I've got a couple of little things, (a ceramic sculpture and a book of my drawings), featured in an exhibition called "Self-Made: Zines and Artist Books", curated by Monica Syrette, that's open now until November 12 at the State Library of Victoria

So if ever you find yourself checking out books from the library in the next couple of months please also check out this show!
In more super exciting news, my ceramic sculpture "Ken Donut" has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize!
"Ken Donut" is the latest in a series that pays tribute to some of the contemporary Australian artists I admire, sprinkled with playfulnesss and iced so thick with love you’ll have to brush your teeth after looking at it. 

The 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is held at the Woollahra Council Chambers in Sydney and opens on October 13th. In the meantime though I've got work in three group exhibitions that are on right now-
The group show I'm in at Lamington Drive in Collingwood, (curated by Jane Sawyer and Shena Jamieson), is still on until August 19.  
The group show I'm in at True Estate in Brunswick, (curated by Beau Emmett and Elvis Richardson) is still on until September 4.  
And if you're in Sydney, the group show I'm in at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, (curated by Sophia Cai and Kathleen Linn), is still on until September 17.
I think they're all really special and unique group shows so hopefully you get a chance to see some of them if you haven't already, but either way thanks heaps for reading, hope you have a nice weekend and to finish up this blog, here's five drawings from the last couple of weeks...

"Sometimes a little hug can be a big ant-idote"

"Here's a drawing I did of the movie poster for Antz, except I very cleverly drew the characters wearing pants and added a P to the title."

"Huge congrats to Mitch Cairns for his beautiful Archibald prize winning painting. And just for fun, here's a portrait I just did of John Olsen"

'Mirage Equality"

If you're in Australia please make sure that your electoral address is up to date. As someone who's moved homes in the last 12 months I just did it myself and it seriously only takes a couple of minutes. The fact we don't have marriage equality in Australia is cruel and embarrassing to say the least, and even though the proposed plebiscite also seems cruel and embarrassing, voting yes could hopefully help make a difference. So yeah, click here for the link if you need to update your electoral postal details.

"Maybe if I stare at the door long enough someone will open it."

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A slipper the tounge

#1 Hot Tip For Staying Warm This Winter
If you're in Melbourne then drop by the Queen Victoria Market, they have heaps of good quality slippers for only $25. 

#2 Hot Tip For Staying Warm This Winter
Before you go to sleep, take your new slippers and slip them onto the paws of the nearest sleeping cat. Now all you have to do is wake up earlier than the cat and you can start your day off right wearing some toasty warm slippaws.
Be warned though, the temptation will be to take this a step further and also warm up your hat and mug handle.

But enough about Melbourne and cats, let's talk about Sydney and dogs, because my number 3 hot tip for staying warm this winter is to please check out this group exhibition I've got work in called "Every dog will have Its Day", curated by Sophia Cai and Kathleen Linn and presented at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

The show runs until September 17 and features work by ten Australia based artists; Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA), Dion Beasley (NT), David Capra (NSW), Anastasia Klose (NSW), Noel McKenna (NSW), Clare Peake (WA), Danielle Reynolds (VIC), Adrian Stojkovich (VIC) Natalie Thomas (VIC), and me (hello).

For the show I made three new dog themed pieces, one of which being a ceramic hotdog. Here's the claydog in progress.
How the sausage is made.
And here it is looking seedy and saucy, hanging on the gallery wall.
Hotdog. Acrylic on ceramic. 10 x 10 x 28cm. 2017.
In more exciting exhibition news; I've actually got work in 4 other group shows that you're very much invited to please check out...

First up, "You're my Number One" is still on at Firstdraft gallery in Sydney and finishes this Friday. The curator of the exhibition Talia Smith is giving a floor talk tomorrow evening (Thursday 27th) at 6pm so you should totally drop by for that if you can.

Next up I'm in the first group show at True Estate gallery at 134 Lygon Street. The show's called Open House, and curated by Beau Emmet and Elvis Richardson. The opening is this Tuesday, August 1st and then running until September 4th. The show's about what made us the artists we are today, and for this show I'm really excited to be exhibiting a drawing I made way back in 1998 when I was in grade four.

Here's the flyer with the complete artist list, should be rad hope you can check it out.

Thirdly, I'm in a show at Lamington Drive gallery, (52 Budd Street in Collingwood). The opening is next Wednesday, August 2nd, from 6-9pm, and it then runs until Saturday August 19. Also exhibiting in this show is Susan Robey, Madeleine Thornton-Smith, Tai Snaith, Andrei Davidov, Mechelle Bounpraseuth and Dawn Vachon. 

The exhibition is basically a hot pot of local artists who sometimes work with ceramics, and it's called "Cooked".

And last but not least I've got a new sculpture and some of my self published books in an exhibition called "Self Made; Zines and Artist Books" at the State Library of Victoria. 

The exhibition is curated by Monica Syrette and runs from Friday August 11 all the way until Sunday November 12th. For more details about this one just click here

And so yeah, hopefully you get a chance to slip on your slippers and check out one or maybe even all five of the exhibitions I've just mentioned, and if you'd like any more info on any of them definitely don't hesitate to send me an email or to shout at me from across the street. 

Most importantly though thanks heaps for reading, hope you're having a nice week, and just for fun here's a drawing I did of two puppies that I saw today.
Two dogs, (me before and after my morning coffee). Acrylic on 225gsm paper. 21 x 29.5cm. 2017