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Ken Taylor

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By Jo Spurling in New Illustration on Monday 17 November 2008

Australian illustrator Ken Taylor has created imagery for some of rock n’ ’roll’s great purveyors of sound, from the Rolling Stones and Queens of the Stone Age, to Nine Inch Nails and the Mars Volta. He has an easily recognizable style that screams sharp edge cool. Bold and bawdy, Taylor’s pieces use vivid colour to […]

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Kelly Smith

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By Jo Spurling in New Illustration on Friday 14 November 2008

Beautiful, delicate, fragile, a little bit collage, a little bit sketchfull. This is the work of Kelly Smith. Combining several mediums in a collaborative expose between pencil, paint and print to create timeless works of elegant splendour, it is easy to compare Smith’s works to the last snowflake of winter, fleeting but real, avoiding the […]

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Brandt Peters

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By Jo Spurling in New Art on Friday 14 November 2008

Trapped in a time warp between then and now, the work of Brandt Peters combines an old school aesthetic with a modernity bordering on futuristic fantasy, with a touch of morbid fascination thrown in for good measure. In other words, he creates wonderful imagery combining cartoon-like pin-ups with sometimes freakish attributes (large skulled beings, for […]

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The salacious creations of Tyson McAdoo

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By Jo Spurling in New Illustration on Tuesday 7 October 2008

Tyson McAdoo is responsible for depicting these salacious bombshells, taking seemingly ordinary situations — like sitting on a couch, riding a motorbike or riding an invisible horse (things I am sure we’ve all done at some stage) — and adding some sassy young minx as the focal point, creating a playground for your eyeballs. Apparently […]

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Mais wi Pierre!

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By Jo Spurling in New Illustration on Wednesday 1 October 2008

He may not be French in his spare time, but Australian illustrator Pierre surely does know how to draw, creating wonderfully fractured universes in which the creatures of his imagination dwell. Pierre has recently released his own children’s picture book, which anyone who writes for children would know is one of the hardest things in […]

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Peta Pledger — vintage inspired goddess

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By Jo Spurling in New Fashion on Tuesday 9 September 2008

Creating modern-vintage inspired by 1950s Australian housewives and rock’n’roll style pin-up glamour, Peta Pledger has been producing one-off, made-to-measure or small-run garments and accessories since 2003. Her love affair with the sewing machine began in 1988 when — like many lovely ladies — she couldn’t find any clothing that flattered her figure.

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Used Bandaid

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By Jo Spurling in New Art on Wednesday 27 August 2008

Yes, the name may be a little strange, and sure, it does tend to conjure up images of things not so pretty, but there’s little doubt that the ethereal art of this strange harlequin is beautiful and captivating. The art of Used Bandaid has even been embraced by New Zealand based company Illicit, who are […]

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THH70’s subversive artwork

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By Jo Spurling in New Art on Saturday 16 August 2008

Wrap your brain around this slice of pie. This here is the work of THH70, someone who apparently obtained human form in 1970. This chap is pretty much known for inimitable style and approach, which THH70 himself has described as being ‘lo-fi urban abstract graffiti’. Combining words, textures, patterns, passion, philosophy, light and darkness, THH70 […]

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Shige Tomo

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By Jo Spurling in New Design on Saturday 16 August 2008

Based in Osaka, Japan, Shige Tomo is a graphic designer and illustrator who lends his formidable talents to creating deceivingly sweet looking, doll-like creatures, whose malicious stares are quite at odds with their sugary features. Aside from conjuring up an impressive portfolio filled to the brim with these effortless evils, Tomo also has a wonderful […]

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Jason Goad

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By Jo Spurling in New Illustration on Monday 11 August 2008

‘The comic book stylings of an illustrative genius’, is just one of the ways you might describe the work of Jason Goad. And you can’t help but like someone whose website address is ‘ingoadwetrust’. Goad makes use of colour in the same way that Ninja’s don’t, resulting in an welcome assault on the eyeballs. Apparently […]

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Not Quite Hollywood

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By Jo Spurling in New Film on Wednesday 30 July 2008

This has to be one of the best documentaries ever to grace a cinema screen. Following the history of Australian made exploitation films, and the burgeoning Oz film industry that grew from this oft-forgotten genre, Not Quite Hollywood follows the rise, rise and headlong fall of Ozploitation. Featuring interviews with the directors, producers and critics […]

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Nerds Gone Wild!

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By Jo Spurling in New Products on Friday 25 July 2008

If you’ve ever wondered what nerds get up to when deprived of Broadband for two weeks, or you want to find out how William Shatner (think Star Trek era, not Boston Legal) saved the world, then Nerds Gone Wild is your new bible. Packed full of geeky goodness, this perfect-bound wonder will keep you fascinated […]

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Rohan Hutchinson

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By Jo Spurling in New Events on Tuesday 15 July 2008

The photography of Rohan Hutchinson is amazing, his subject matter of late focusing on the rapidly disappearing back alleyways in China which are being demolished for the Olympics, leaving thousands of people displaced. Hutchinson captures his images on large format negatives, meaning the processed photo can be enlarged almost to the size of a wall […]

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Martin Abel’s comic flair

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By Jo Spurling in New Illustration on Tuesday 15 July 2008

Sassy waifs are the hallmark of Martin Abel’s work. Graphite collides with vector style to create edgy damsels with only a dash of decorum between them. This is some sexy work, regardless of your persuasion. Complimented with a classic comic flair, Abel’s other contributions include work for the official X-box magazine. Keep an eye on […]

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Gorker!

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By Jo Spurling in New Illustration on Friday 4 July 2008

Melbourne really is one lucky city. Filled to the brim with talented people, and now with another space to play in. Gorker is the newest gallery space to grace Melbourne’s creative realm with its inaugural 40 Thieves show packing out the venue. Rumour has it upcoming exhibitions will be just as captivating, so keep your […]

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