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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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’.