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.
Australian artist Rena Littleson-Montenegro employs a variety of styles across a range of mediums, but her 10 Day Bender Series, in which she uses an exaggerated yet realistic approach to depict people in the throws of gummi worm and Tetris addictions, is some of her most striking work. They remind me of Trapper Keeper images from when I was in middle school.
We’re loving this tea towel and ceramic plate from Australian artist, Emma Magenta. A well-known illustrator, Magenta has taken her supreme drawing talent to the home — momentarily at least. And we’re happy she has. Her infamous childlike playfulness in her drawings abounds here, without taking away from its cheekiness and humor. Cleaning the plates […]
Steve Cakebread has been a graphic designer and cartoonist for twenty years. His off-kilter cartoons, which are a wry comment on human condition, have been published in newspapers and surf titles like The Bulletin, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Good Weekend, The Melbourne Age, Australian Surfing Life, Fleur (Brazilian Surf Magazine). When I asked why he doesn’t take his cartoons to job interviews, he told me he thinks they might just be an acquired taste, and wouldn’t want to upset any delicate palates. I’m starting to understand what he was getting at.
Australian body artist Emma Hack creates the ultimate disappearance trick with her Wallpaper Collections Series. In this series Hack painted female models to blend in with Florence Broadhurst’s iconic wallpaper. All of the poses and props used in the images match the design and mood of the wallpaper.
You’ve probably wondered who was the inspired genius behind installations such as the gorgeous herb wall at the newly renovated Circa restaurant, GPO’s Christmas Tree made of 500 blue spruce filled oil cans, or one of the quirky, floral — industrial pieces sitting on the table in front of you at your pick of Melbourne’s […]
Treading a fine line between sculpture and painting, Jasper Knight’s art explores the relationship between his material and subject. Using materials like signs, tiles, cardboard, perspex and plywood, along with vibrant coloured paints, Knight has been a finalist for the past five Archibald Prize exhibitions including this year with his portrait of Bill Wright. [Read […]
I love these charcoal drawings by Australian artist, Louisa Jenkinson. Of this work, she says, ‘Through the medium of large scale drawing, my work investigates the interstices of the urban environment where one finds a cornucopia of brief human interactions, prolonged dramatic interpersonal relationship sagas and momentary lapses of normality. These prolific and profound moments are then deconstructed, rebuilt and then released into the wild’. She is represented by Dianne Tanzer Gallery in Melbourne.
New work by Australian artist Ricky Swallow is showcased in The Bricoleur, now showing at the Ian Potter Centre, NGV. Swallow’s work explores themes of mortality and immortality, with the inexorable passage of time a common thread that connects his sculptures and watercolour paintings. Painstakingly and beautifully forged, his sculptures poignantly record the discarded and mundane objects that may survive us, revealing their participation in the construction of our identity and illuminating the temporality of our own lives.
Controversial Australian artist Frank Fable brings his latest grimy urban lifescapes to Sydney in a solo show of new works. Using a mix of acrylic, enamel, texta, graphite and resin, Fable draws inspiration from the loneliness that can be felt while being surrounded by millions. He retreated to the bush for two months, where he […]
The collected works of Australian artist James Jirat Patradoon from the past four years will be featured at Sydney’s Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery between June 25 and July 22. The show will include never before seen experimental early work as well as some of his new pieces.