Aussie sketch comics bring classic masterpieces to life with hilarious outcome

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 15 November 2013

The sketch comics of Australia’s The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting have teamed up with animators Doug Bayne, Ben Baker and Trudy Cooper to produce a very funny video that depicts classic artworks in a humorous way. Combining ‘high culture and low brow comedy perfectly’, you can see Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting come […]

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Incredible photorealistic drawings by CJ Hendry

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By Mareike Muller in New Illustration on Saturday 26 October 2013

The close to ‘more than photorealistic’ paper and pen drawings my Australian artist CJ Hendry are almost too good to be true. On first glance one really thinks that her works must be photographs or even better, real shoes or bags or skulls. But on the second glance and keeping the large size in consideration, one realizes, that this has to be a drawing.

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Step into these paintings by Anna Kristensen, literally

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By Deanne Cheuk in New Art on Friday 8 February 2013

Anna Kristensen’s photo-realistic panoramic oil painting installation, Indian Chamber, is a purpose built structure which brings the viewer into the painting for a fully immersive experience. Kristensen’s painting of the Jenolan Caves (an open cave system near Sydney) is a highly detailed 360 degree view with no beginning or end.

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Greg Harrison’s awesome mezzotint prints

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By Kyoko Imazu in New Art on Saturday 3 September 2011

I’ve always marveled at Greg Harrison’s mezzotint prints. He is one of a small number of Australian artists specialising in this probably the most painstaking printmaking technique. His strange animals, mythological characters and landscapes create a fantastical world where Durer’s Rhino turned 3D and Medusa is in the city.

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WhiteSpac3: arts community website

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By Vivian Mocellin in Cool Websites on Wednesday 4 August 2010

WhiteSpac3 is a recently launched arts community website. Instead of meaning a blank space, the suggestive name refers to an important element in the aesthetic composition. In design, the white or negative space is what enables objects to exist due to the contradiction with the positive (non-white) elements. It’s a very appropriate concept for a […]

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Louisa Jenkinson’s black and white world

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By Casper Johansson in New Illustration on Saturday 8 May 2010

I love the sense of mystery and adventure in Australian artist Louisa Jenkinson’s illustrations: it’s fantastical in scope without ever weaving into outrageous fantasy in themes. [Discover more Australian artists on The Colour]

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Balance Dosh wallet

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By Lost At E Minor in New Products on Wednesday 3 March 2010

Dosh is a super-slim, go-anywhere wallet, built for a go-anywhere lifestyle. This Dosh Wallet was designed by Joanthan Zawada, a Sydney-based artist who has created commercial works of art for Ksubi, Modular records, The Presets and Tina Kalivas.

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Art Decks

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By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Wednesday 28 October 2009

I love it! With the CD now being eclipsed by the MP3, I find myself feeling even more nostalgic for the simple charm of the cassette. Australian artists Andrew Smart and Jared Schmidt create ‘large scale hand-made wooden cassette tapes, routed, sanded, bogged, primed, and painted with a high quality paint finish’. Aha! The perfect way to memorialize my old mix tapes.

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Justin Williams’ Between a Ghost and a God exhibition

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By Zolton in New Events on Monday 10 August 2009

Having just finished up two solo shows, one in Melbourne at Lee Gallery, and the other at Palmer Projects in Sydney, Justin Williams’ solo show, Between a Ghost and a God, is now heading to Brisbane’s Nine Lives Gallery, with the opening night on August 21.

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Siobhan Punshon’s Mesmerising Maps

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By Xavier Toby in New Art on Monday 18 May 2009

Maps represent a landscape, but they can also mean much more. Victorian artist Siobhan Punshon has recently been working with all sorts of maps and charts, using them as source material then fictionalising the landscape with colour and patterns to create new interpretations of the technical documents. The results then push the viewer in several […]

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Australian dot artist Dan Sibley

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By Xavier Toby in New Art on Monday 27 April 2009

Painter Dan Sibley appropriates the Aboriginal technique of dot painting for his contemporary creations of idyllic luxury hotels and homes on fire, particularly resonant considering recent events in Victoria. The use of dots gives his work a computer generated bent, while the bright colors are reminiscent of the pop culture art of the 60s and […]

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Shintaro Marky

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By Zolton in New Art on Tuesday 17 March 2009

I love the sense of escapism and richness of colour that seeps through the work of Shintaro Marky, an Australian-based artist who resides somewhere deep within Braidwood, in remote Southern New South Wales.

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Alex Noble

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By Dont Panic in New Art on Monday 26 January 2009

Alex Noble is the artist behind the most recent poster in Don’t Panic Magazine, a beautiful piece of work based around the theme of Desire. Originally from Australia, Noble moved to Singapore in 2000, and later Japan, where, until recently, he was an art director at Apple Japan.

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Tony Curran

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By Sonya Gee in New Art on Friday 23 January 2009

Exploding cupcakes, violent shark attacks, volcanoes, flying men and the pastel coloured remains of a café latte have all been depicted by emerging Sydney artist Tony Curran, who describes his works as experimental neo-paintings. Sitting somewhere undefined between sculpture, installation and conventional painting, Curran distills images onto layers of acetate or resin before physically reconstructing them into a completed work. It’s a precarious process, with the alignment of each layer crucial in the making of the image and the acetate layers easy to steal, an unhappy discovery made at his first solo show.

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Christine Stoner

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By Zolton in New Art on Monday 8 December 2008

Australian artist Christine Stoner likes to paint unusual buildings, including this one of an ice hockey arena called Globen in Stockholm. ‘The metaphor I see’, she says, ‘is one of a giant jellyfish with the houses at the end of its tentacles’.

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