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'.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Back by puppy-ular demand

Hello from my studio!
The big canvas painting hanging behind me is called 'Tall Puppy Syndrome', and is included in a new group show opening next Thursday December 12th at MARS gallery.

The exhibition celebrates MARS gallery's 15th birthday and features a selection 32 of the artists who've worked with MARS during this time. Big congrats to Andy and the whole team at MARS for this marsvellous achievement.

Tall Puppy Syndrome. Acrylic on canvas. 150 x 120cm.
Another group exhibition that also opens next week is titled 'Let's Play', curated by Tegan Iverson at the CS Gallery in Melton City Council.

This show features playful work by 9 artists- Tai Snaith, Cat Rabbit, Kitiya Palaskas, Brooke Van Der Linden, Meg Rennie, Pey Chi, Carla McRae, Evie Barrow and myself.

The show's on from next Tuesday to February 27th, 2020, with an official Family Day opening from 10am on Saturday January 18.

Hopefully see you there, in the meantime though thanks so much for reading and I hope you're having a fruitful week!

Speaking of fruitful, here's a new ceramic sculpture I made of a pear as a gift for the great Brisbane based artist Samuel Leighton-Dore.

"Grow a pear". Acrylic on ceramic. Kenny Pittock. 8 x 11.5 x 7cm. 2019