My latest series of self-portraits

Rena Littleson Reader Find

By Rena Littleson in New Illustration on Thursday 21 July 2011

People are always banging on about ‘finding yourself’ when you go traveling. But when you’re living in hostels and greyhound stations, the reality is that mostly the only time you’re alone is on the toilet. So after traveling for five months, I rented a room in Calgary and spent most of two months in solitude, painstakingly working away on this series of self-portraits. I still haven’t found myself.

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Dominique Merven

Contributions Reader Find

By Dom in New Illustration on Tuesday 19 July 2011

We love this graphite on watercolour paper illustration by young Australian artist Dominique Merven.

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Nick Thompson

Contributions Reader Find

By David in New Design on Wednesday 13 July 2011

Nick Thompson is an artist, designer and drector from Melbourne. He has produced work for major international brands like MTV, Red Bull, Nike, Monster, Pioneer and Channel V. He is also the founder of The Drop.

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Ghost Patrol

Courtney Beck Reader Find

By Courtney Beck in New Art on Tuesday 28 June 2011

I was lucky enough to catch self-taught Melbourne artist Ghost Patrol’s latest exhibition recently, and it was magical. Ghost Patrol’s work ranges form fine ink drawing, street art, and commissioned murals to soft sculpture.

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Marie Larkin

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Art on Saturday 25 June 2011

I love the sweeping use of bold colour and the fragile, melancholic doll faces that permeate the work of Australian artist, Marie Larkin.

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Anthony Hayes

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Illustration on Friday 24 June 2011

I love the black and white portrait work of Australian illustrator, Anthony Hayes, whose artwork has adorned vinyl toys, shoes and the walls, no doubt, of his grateful friends.

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Twenty Eleven

David Spencer Reader Find

By David Spencer in New Art on Friday 17 June 2011

It’s great when you meet a good solid all-round cool person, and when you’re asked ‘when did you guys meet?’, you can’t remember. That’s because it doesn’t matter, you just liked each other straight away. The same goes for Twenty Eleven’s art and his observations. He’s got an individual style, but when I first saw […]

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Rebecca Harstein

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Tuesday 14 June 2011

Australian artist Rebecca Harstein paints tumor-like blobs crawling across beautiful landscapes and getting intimate with naked ladies. Apparently, these blobs used to be unicorns. In the artist’s own words, ‘The blob explores the world and has many adventures. Napoleon is dwarfed by his majesty’.

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Saad Moosajee

Contributions Reader Find

By Diego Quintana in New Illustration on Monday 25 April 2011

We’re fans of the work of 17 year-old self-taught illustrator Saad Moosajee, who has recently updated his website with an assortment of new projects.

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Kareena Zerefos

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Monday 4 April 2011

London-based artist Kareena Zerefos, originally from Sydney, creates wispy, delicate images that depict the innocent and magical connection children have with animals.

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Justin Lee Williams

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Thursday 31 March 2011

The eyes in Australian artist Justin Lee William’s mixed-media paintings, which seem to be composed in a meandering, stream-of-consciousness way, give me the creeps in the best possible way. I especially love his watercolors.

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Australian artist Beci Orpin

Lamia Larkin Reader Find

By Lamia Larkin in New Art on Saturday 5 February 2011

Melbourne-based artist Beci Orpin uses a kaleidoscope of colors to create drawings and paper collages of charming mystical characters.

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Patricia Piccinini

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Monday 3 January 2011

I’ve been obsessed with Patricia Piccinini for years now, and she still consistently creeps me out and wows me. I love the ways her grotesquely realistic sculptures push the boundaries between revulsion and love.

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Justine Khamara

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Friday 3 September 2010

Australian artist Justine Khamara uses densely collaged photographs as a material to create texture and disorienting confusion of depth in her sometimes horrifying work.

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Kirra Jamison’s dreamy paintings

Clare Hillier Reader Find

By Clare Hillier in New Art on Wednesday 4 August 2010

Inspired by children’s books, encyclopedia’s from the ’50s and ’60s, textiles and crocheted rugs, Australian artist Kirra Jamison’s paintings are from the world of dreams. And it’s not just the colours and composition that is making me look twice. With whimsical titles like The Sea was Red, The Sky was Grey, I Wonder How Tomorrow Will Ever Follow Today and He Smelt like Apples Jamison proves that it’s all in a name.

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