Monday, June 03, 2019

My heart wheel go on


Hi, here's a new ceramic sculpture of a trolley wheel.

Here's a new ceramic sculpture of a Wagon Wheel.


And here's a new ceramic sculpture of a ticket for a ferris wheel.

Here's a new ceramic sculpture of a Wheel of Fortune.



And here's a new ceramic sculpture of a wheel of four tuna.


This series, titled Re-inventing the Wheel, is in my solo show on now until June 8 at Hugo Michell Gallery.

Fun fact- Historians used to think the first wheel was invented for chariots but apparently the first wheel was actually a potters wheel, so it's only fitting that every re-invention of wheel depicted here is made out of clay.

Here's another similarly themed work that's in the exhibition, a ceramic sculpture and painting duo titled Donuts.

A huge thank you to everyone who's seen the exhibition so far! (Or should I say, a hugo thank you to everyone who's seen the exhibition so far!)

And if you haven't seen it yet, I donut want to alarm you but it's only on until this Saturday so hole-pefully you might get to see it this week.

In the meantime though thanks so much for reading this, I wheely appreciate it!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Blue suede chews


Hi, here's a new ceramic sculpture I made of a Pez dispenser called "Chewie on Chewie".
"Chewie on Chewie" is in my new solo show, on now until June 8 at Hugo Michell Gallery, open Chewsday through to Saturday.

If you'd like to see a full catalogue of all the works in my exhibition, please contact the gallery :)

In other news, or should I say, other chews, last week I was invited to paint a mural in the kitchen of the Greenwood Park campus of Deakin University. 

The mural is spread over several walls within the Uni's second floor dining area and is titled "Deakin Chew-niversity Public Chewral"

This large site-specific series of paintings playfully combines lateral thinking with food, creating both a masterpiece and a master feast.

Presented as a smorgasbord of many different food themed ideas for the viewer to sink their teeth into, this is not just a mural, but a Chewral.


Thanks for reading, hope you're having a nice Tuesday, or should I say Chews-day. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Wake me up before Hugo go

Hey, in big news, here's a new ceramic sculpture I was recently commissioned to make of a Big M.
Chocolate Big M. Acrylic on ceramic. 2019.
In other big news, tomorrow morning I'll be waking up early and making the big drive from Melbourne to Adelaide to install my new solo show at Hugo Michell Gallery!

The exhibition opens this Thursday May 16th from 6-8pm, and runs until June 8th. I'm really excited to share with you some of the new work I've been making. Come along and say hello!

The gallery is wheelchair accessible :)

We would like to acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the land on which this exhibition is taking place, and pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

To coincide with my exhibition at Hugo Michell Gallery I'll also be doing an artist talk the day after the opening, on Friday May 17th, at 12.40pm in the Adelaide Central School of Art. So if you're studying there please come along!

Thanks heaps for reading, and to finish up here's some new ceramic sculptures of Cadbury Favourites, presented in order from most favourite to least favourite.


Cadbury Favourites in order from most favourite to least favourite

Acrylic on ceramic. Dimensions variable. 2019

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Hugo with the flow

Hi, here's a ceramic sculpture I made back in 2012 called "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine".
This work is available in the upcoming TCB gallery fundraiser exhibition happening this Saturday May 11th from 2-8pm. TCB gallery is located at 1 Wilkinson street in Brunswick. All funds raised goes towards making their bathrooms wheelchair accessible. 

In other news, I'd like to give a huge thanks to everyone who came and said hi as I painted a mural at the Ian Potter Museum last Saturday afternoon, it was so much fun!

Here's a pic of Ramesh and I painting together, clearly displaying once and for all who's got the bigger paintbrush.
And in more super exciting news, next week I'm heading to Adelaide for my new solo show at Hugo Michell Gallery! The exhibition opens Thursday May 16th, from 6-8pm. Come along! Looking forward to sharing with you some of the new sculptures I've been making.

In the meantime though thanks heaps for reading, hopefully see you soon and I hope the rest of your week totally rules!

Speaking of things totally ruling, here's a sneak peak at one of my new works in the exhibition- a ceramic sculpture of a 31cm ruler, for all those times when a 30cm ruler just isn't quite long enough.

31cm ruler
32.5 x 3 x 0.5cm. Acrylic on kiln fired earthenware ceramic. 2019.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Pottering around

Hi, here's a ceramic sculpture I made of a catalogue by the great Sri Lankan-born, Sydney based artist Ramesh Mario Nitheyendran.
Back in February 2017 I took this sculpture to an artist talk Ramesh gave at the Mpavillion, and after the talk he was kind enough to autograph it for me.
Huge thanks to Ramesh! And if you're interested in hearing a recording of the awesome artist talk he gave that day click here.

Anyway as you can see I'm a big fan of Ramesh, which makes it super exciting that this Saturday I'll be working alongside him at the Potter Museum, as part of their event Inside Out.

Over the space of two hours Ramesh and myself, as well as the amazing artists Richard Lewer and Zilverster (Sharon Goodwin and Irene Hanenbergh), will each take turns to paint one big mural together. 

Really looking forward to it! Here's a pic from the last time I painted a mural.

The whole thing's kicking off this Saturday May 4th from 4-8pm, and is wheelchair accessible. Come along and say hello! And if you feel like getting involved, there'll also be a giant piece of paper where everyone is encouraged to draw along with the mural.

I'd like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which this event will be taking place, and pay my respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.


Thanks so much for reading, hopefully see you soon, and in the meantime here's a drawing I did of the four artists I'm thrilled to be working alongside this Saturday!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Roles right off the tounge

Hi, here's some new ceramic sculptures of flat batteries.
These sculptures are in my solo show at Mars Gallery, which is still on for a couple more days until this Saturday April 13th. If you're feeling a bit flat and would like a little bit of a recharge, come check it out!


Oh also, another thing you could check out is the latest Art Collector magazine (issue 88), which very excitingly features a six page article about my work!

A huge thanks to Jane O'Sullivan for writing such a wonderful piece, and also a huge thanks to Zan Wimberley for dropping by my studio and taking such great photos, including this one of me with a ceramic chip on my shoulder.
Photo by Zan Wimberley
Another thanks I'd like to say this week is to Bunjil Place gallery in Narre Warren, who invited me to give a one hour artist talk this week to the Arts Agitators, a youth group of artists aged 15 to 25.

It was a great evening spent with great people at a great gallery. Really great all round.
In other super exciting news, I have an upcoming solo exhibition at Hugo Michell gallery opening next month on Thursday, May 16th!

I'll talk more about it when it gets a little closer but if you happen to be in Adelaide then please come say hi!

In the meantime though thanks so much for reading and I hope your week is rolling along nicely!


Speaking of rolling, here's a new work titled Role Play. This piece is in my solo show on at Mars gallery and features a ceramic sculpture
 of a Chiko Roll, a sausage roll and a toilet roll.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Darned if you do and darned if you Nen-don't


Hey, there's only a week left to see the awesome Escher and Nendo exhibition on at the National Gallery of Victoria!

Here's a ceramic sculpture I made of a book by Oki Sato, the founder of Nendo.
Recently I was lucky enough to meet the brilliant Oki Sato and tell him how much I love his work, and he was kind enough to autograph my sculpture.

Here's my Nendo sculpture in front of Nendo's work.

And here's my Nendo at Nando's.

Also, in other "There's only one week left" news, there's only a week left to see the group show I'm in at Home 375 Gallery in Sydney.

H
ere's one of my new works in the show, a Glum Cola flavoured Sulky-boy sculpture.
Here's a new ceramic work I made called Wallets and Gromit, this work's included in my solo exhibition now on at Mars Gallery in Melbourne.
And I'd just like to say a huge thanks to everyone who's come to see the show so far!!

The exhibition's on until April 13th so if you haven't been able to see it yet hopefully you might get a chance in the next couple of weeks!

To coincide with my solo show, I also made a 20 page A5 catalogue, featuring a drawing of every work in the exhibition.

The books are 
printed on 125gsm paper with a handpainted front and back cover, and they're all signed and numbered in an edition of 50.

They're $10 each, including postage, and if you'd like a copy please let me know!

For more info about my solo show at Mars Gallery, please click here.

For more info about the group exhibition I'm in at Home 375 Gallery, please click here.
For more info about the Escher and Nendo exhibition at the NGV, please 
click here.

And for more info about Nando's, and to find a store near you, please 
click here.

Oh and lastly, in other exciting news, last week my girlfriend and I went to a Simpsons trivia night and amazingly we won the costume competition for this costume we made of two waffles stuck together!! (The Kwik-E-Mart doormat Emmy's holding was our prize.)

Thanks heaps for reading, hope you have a tremendous week, (or should I say, a tre-nendo-us week), and I hope it's packed full of waffles and gromit.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The show musk go on!

Hi, here's a drawing of a musk stick.

And here's a drawing of Elon Musk stick.

And here's a ceramic sculpture of Elon Musk Stick, riding a rocket to Mars.
And speaking of Mars, in super exciting news I have a new solo exhibition opening next week on Thursday March 21, 6-8pm at Mars Gallery!

If you happen to be in Melbourne at the time come along!

The show's called Connector Pens Connecting, and is 
an exhibition of ten new ceramic sculptures, which are all connected by the theme connection.

A huge thanks to writer Andrew Stephens for this fantastic article about the exhibition that was published in The Age newspaper last Saturday.

(And a big thanks to the couple of people who saw the article and sent me nice messages!)

Fun fact- I've never eaten a Mars Bar. When I was five my brother lost a tooth from biting into one and ever since then they've seemed a bit scary to me. Twenty-five years later and I'm now so thrilled to be at Mars gallery exhibiting a ceramic Mars Bar, which if you bit into it would probably also leave you missing a tooth.

The exhibition is on until April 13, and the gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10-5pm.

Mars Gallery is located at 7 James Street in Windsor, in Melbourne. (Which is just near Windsor train station, on the Sandringham line.)

I'd like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which the exhibition is taking place, the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, with respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Mars Gallery is fully wheelchai
r accessible with ramps at the gallery entrance and an elevator to get to the upper levels.

Thanks heaps for reading, hope your week is rocketing along nicely and hopefully see you next Thursday!