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Ewan McLeod

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Ewan McLeod

I have always wanted to be able to paint like this. The built up textures and the brush stokes which somehow add up to an image. There is so much movement here, and calm. Absolutely love this artist! Thank you Decanted for posting this!

Decanted

Sitting in River /

Above White Island / 

Up and Down / 

Descending Snow and Rocks /

Dinghy below Icefall /

Rip /

Sitting on Dinghy below Rough Sea /

Seated Figure below Rock Pillar /

Walking Towards Thunderhead /

Sitting with Penguins /

Passing (iceberg) /

Lookout (Icebergs) / 

Painting in Alice Springs /

Self Portrait (Blue Centre) /

Two in Boat (one standing) /

Pushing Pram Uphill/study /

Painter against Griselda / 

Bathing Figure in Profile /

Creeping study

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Emma Walker

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Selected images from The Dawn Language,
Tweed River Gallery, 2010

This work has been one of my all time favourites since I first set eyes on it. And I have no idea why. There is just something about it, the colours, the darkness, the dreamlike cloudiness, I don’t know. I love it.

The odd thing is, when I researched the artist, Emma Walker, her work is nothing like this. I love her other stuff too, but it holds little similarity to this.

Walk The Line
2013
Oil on linen
160x180cm

I love the chunkiness of this, overlaid with the finer lines it seems almost sculptural. There are colours I would never choose and a haphazard brushstroke which I will never have the dedication to master, but I find it absolutely mesmerising.

Selected images from Finding Form,
2012,
Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

“Her work explores the connections between landscape, memory and the subconscious”

http://emmawalker.com.au/biography

Emma Walker is currently based on the NSW North Coast, but she started as a Sydney girl and has moved outward from there, exhibiting solo around Australia and in many group exhibitions both within Australia and internationally.

from Outliving The Night, 2008

As a child, Emma Walker managed to scoop Brett Whitely as a mentor and spent many hours in his Sydney studio, how can a person not become Australia’s favourite contemporary artist with that behind you? But her work is all her own, she brings so much depth to her painting, her skill is not to be doubted. And as a bonus here are some artists books she has done!

On the Wing
2010
Paper, timber, ink, paint
30x30x10cm

 

Craig Parnaby

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Girl II
Description: oil on linen
60x50cm

I recently visited my local gallery to view the ‘Border Art Prize’. So much bamf. However, there are some amazing local artists in my area, Craig Parnaby is one. The style is not one I generally like, but this guy brings something to the simplicity which is more than charming and endearing. Maybe it’s because I see these people everyday and he captures them perfectly, these characters all frequent my local beach.

I take my dogs to a beach almost identical to this,

I dodge these people when I’m trying to find a park,

and this is totally me at the beach.

The images are all so amazingly serene. The way a beach should be. Even when it is filled with people. The colours are, somehow, very Australian, the warmth perhaps, and the poses of the people too, are somehow Australian. I’m not sure what makes a person look more Australian than not, maybe the casual way we wander around in swimmers? Craig Parnaby lives on the North Coast of NSW, Australia and has been exhibiting around the country for 15 years. According to his bio, his shows are often sold out and he has a waiting list. Oh, I dream of having a waiting list! His 20 years living in Bondi obviously left a permanent imprint, but I can see less of the city aspect and more of the holiday mode ie. the North Coast.

With Dad
oil on linen
70 x 60 cm

There is an element of timelessness to all of his works. There is no particular fashion to the swimwear or the hairstyles to denote a particular era and the activities are the same whether you are from the generation before me or after me. The painting ‘With Dad’ could be me and my dad, him and his dad, my kids and their dad. There is a common ground for everyone who looks at the picture.

I have no idea whether this talented and skillful man actually won any awards at the show, but judges are fickle so that doesn’t necessarily mean anything anyway. But I was drawn back to his painting several times, so it’s a win for me. And I would definitely put all of these on my wall, if I had enough wall.

 

 

http://salt-art.com.au/gallery/Craig-Parnaby

G.R.Iranna

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A truly international artist, G.R.Iranna has exhibited worldwide in both solo and group exhibitions. A mixed media artist, his work encompasses painting, video and sculpture. He is one of India’s most impressive and prolific contemporary artists with works selling all over the world.  Born in  Sindgi, Bijapur, Karnataka G.R. Iranna now lives and works in New Delhi.

Unlike some of the artists I find, G.R Iranna has a wealth of information available. Not only about him but his philosophies relating to his work. I will not recap everything I have found, but it is well worth a visit to his site to investigate more of his art and ideas.

This piece in particular, speaks to me. I didn’t look too hard to find G.R. Iranna’s break down of this one. It seems personal, I feel for the donkey, I understand her. It is political, spiritual and personal all at the same time.

In his works Iranna makes references to Nazi soldiers, footballers, depicts the dispossession of men due to 20th century genocides and imperialism.”

http://www.artsome.co/GR_Iranna

What did I learn today?

I learnt about the ‘Gurukul’ (a system of education where the student resides with the teacher). Our artist of the day spent part of his youth in such a situation. Why do we not have this concept? There is a similar system in Japan but seems to have been disposed of elsewhere. If this level of skill is the outcome, then we should definitely look at reinstating it.

While I like all of G.R. Iranna’s paintings, they have an element of serenity which I find quite beautiful, I find his sculpture absolutely riveting.

As gory or gratuitous as you may find this, it is still an amazing artwork. So simple and yet so compelling. There is a set of these, all of which I love. I don’t know if I would keep one on the kitchen counter, maybe the guest bedroom?

I strongly advise a visit to the website and if there is ever an exhibition near you, it’s a must see.

http://www.irannagr.com/

 

Jade Pegler

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Aside from everything else, I love this work.

Sculpture

That being said. I know this amazing person. Well, I did in another life. You know that one where you are small and dirty and you hang out with another small dirty for 5 minutes and you are blood brothers for life? Yeah well, when I was a kid, and she was a kid, we went camping together. And although I have zero stake in this amazing person, or her life, I feel proud that someone I met a few times, has become such a successful artist.

Proscenium Machinium
Solo exhibition at Gallery 9,
2007.

I knew that Jade had been studying Art and was thrilled to find her work in the Wollongong Gallery. Even more so when I found that she was artist in residence! An amazing artist who started young, she has now completed 3 residencies and bucket-loads of exhibitions all over the country. How to make a person feel slack!

DESOLATION ROW,
2006,
paper, fabric, wood, mixed media, installation of 28 sculptures 1-2m high.
Exhibited in IT’S PAINTING SO IT MUST BE GERMAN at Silvershot, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, curated by Peter Fay.
The Ergas Collection, Sydney.

The first time I saw Jade’s work, it was a small exhibit of a miniature cityscape made from reused books and newspaper. It was elegant and sweet and cute and delicate and a little eerie. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find any images of it. Plenty of others though, so no need to fret.

The Lacunary Cabinet (detail).
Paper, beeswax, coffee, ink, various adhesives, textiles, plant materials, wire, mixed media, 2007.
Part of Open For Inspection, a ‘derelict house converted to a work of art.’
Produced over two weeks as ‘The Long Now’ resident artist in Nowa Nowa, East Gippsland, with the assistance of the local community and Rhiannon Pegler.

I always love an artist who can use what they find rather than the traditional artistic media. It shows a level of invention and creation which I admire and envy. It also fits in with the current conscience of our society, reuse, reduce, recycle. At least, that’s what I hope our societal conscience looks like.

Exhibition at completion of a one year residency at Wollongong City Gallery

Perhaps Jade’s work reflects my own penchant for all things bizarre and weird creepy little guys, but I feel like this is the work I would love to have made. The colours are all the earthy simple colours which I love to work with. It allows the personality of the paper to come through. Especially when you use old books. I have ethical issues chopping up old books, but I love it when other people do it. One of my favourite things about old books is the inside front cover. People write the most interesting things. Often it’s pretty standard, ‘to blah, from blah’, but occasionally you get a real idea of the person who owned the book before.

Exhibition at completion of a one year residency at Wollongong City Gallery

Anyway.

I think that I love Jade’s work because I could own a piece. I don’t have the room or the type of pets which would allow me to own big pieces of sculpture. I can, however, find smaller, intimate things which reflect my lifestyle (and budget)  and which aren’t pretentious- I do hark on about my hatred of the shark in a tank, but, well, it’s ridiculous.

Proscenium Machinium
Solo exhibition at Gallery 9,
2007.

She has an amazing Flikr stream which I can’t share here but I urge you to go look, it is inspiring stuff.

She also has an old Blog – spectrescope.blogspot.com.au/which is not up to date but the images are still magnificent!

As far as I can tell she is between websites at the moment so there is an old address and a new- http://www.jadepegler.net/    http://folio.jadepegler.com/ . Just don’t ask me which is which.

Helle Jorgenson

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Helle Jorgensen
Entropy 2012
preloved wool
installation, dimensions variable

Ms Jorgenson is an artist local to the area in which I live. I first saw her work at the Tweed Gallery, an amazingly forward thinking and popular public regional gallery. I do appreciate textile art, but… There are many textile ‘artists’ who are just little old ladies who do pleasant knitting. Which can be amazing and beautiful. But a textile artist who uses the medium to express an artistic idea is fantastic! Helle Jorgenson is one such artist. From the beginning of her process it’s about the idea. Her work seems to be conceptually sound and follows through the entire work from medium to creation and finished product.

The Osedax Collection, 2012
cotton and glass vials
10 x 2.5 x 2.5cm (x30)

“Before becoming an artist I was a biologist, which allowed me to observe and understand the extraordinary structural beauty of the forms in the natural world on a microscopic level. Creating and assembling the collections mimics the basic process behind the study of animal and plant morphology. In this way I attempt to understand form and create order out of chaos.”

 Helle Jorgensen, February 2012

The Diatom Collection 2012
75 x 135 x 5cm
discarded plastic shopping bags and stainless steel pins

Born in Denmark, Helle Jorgenson moved to Australia when she was 13. More recently she migrated again from the Northern Beaches of Sydney to the Northern Rivers of NSW,  more specifically the Tweed Valley. After working in the science arena for a decade, she moved onto horticultralism and Art. Along with crochet, Jorgenson is a collector, weaver and embroiderer.

The Retail Reef,
2010.
40x28cm.
Discarded Plastic shopping bags.

Helle Jorgenson is a contributing artist in the IFF ( Institute For Figuring)project, Crochet Coral Reef,

“… a woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft,and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world.”

crochetcoralreef.org

Her process of using discarded plastic bags was taken up by the group (which now only takes contributions created from reused plastics) which ‘validated’ her art making. She had been creating sea creatures in this way for a while before she discovered the work of Dr. Daina Taimina. Dr. Taimina is a Mathematician who decided to create physical models of hyperbolic space with crochet, her work has influenced a new generation of textile artists including the creators of the Crochet Coral Reef, Christine Wertheim and Margaret Wertheim.

Actinia,
2010
Discarded Plastic Bags
20 x 12 x 6 cm.

I love everything about Jorgenson’s work. It is so well thought out. And contagious. I have friends who jumped on the plastic-bag-crocheted-reef  bandwagon. But I think it is the way that she exhibits that I find most inspiring. There are so many ways that you could display tiny little crocheted sea creatures, Jorgenson pins them to a wall with plenty of space around each. Or places them in small glass vials. This approach was extremely popular, every piece in the collection was sold, apart from one. Which was stolen. I loved them when I saw them and desperately wanted to buy one. But how could you choose just one?

POWERHOUSE_018

Helle Jorgenson also creates ‘softwear’. Textile jewellery. Predominatly made from recycled wool, her beautiful wearable art was available in her Etsy Shop, which seems to be currently unmanned. She had a collection for sale in the Powerhouse Museum shop which I can’t find any extra info on, but if anyone can tell me if they know where to find some, please msg me!

http://www.hellejorgensen.com/

Helle Jorgenson Interview No.1

Helle Jorgenson Interview No.2

Alex Gillies

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I have just ventured into the field of printmaking. Who knows how long it will last? I might be absolutely shit at it!

As is my usual process, I have begun the laborious job of research. I have read books, looked at pictures and trawled the web. What I have found is that there are a bucket load of abysmal printmakers out there. Some are skilled but boring, some are interesting but sloppy, many are old fashioned or just old. Two of the women in my ‘group’ have explained that printmaking is considered a craft by many people. Particularly collagraphy, which is where I’m headed.

Anyway, I digress.

Title: Permanence
Year: 2013
Size: 29 x 39cm
Edition: Open

In my trawling I happened upon a young man who’s work I rather like. Bizarrely he lives only a couple of hours drive from me. It’s a small world.

Alex Gillies is a woodcut artist who creates single pieces, woodcuts as the art themselves, artist books and he is the drummer for the band ‘No Anchor’.

Title: Balancing Act
Year: 2013
Size: 58cm x 61cm
Edition: Open

A self taught artist, he learned from books and experimentation. A man after my own heart. He has created album art for his own and other bands, t-shirts, skateboard decks and images for tattoos. He started exhibiting in 2009 and has already outstripped many established artists in number of exhibitions and quantity of work.

Harmony Singles
Cover Art Alex Gillies

I really like his choice of subject matter.There is something quite tedious about the subject matter of many printmakers – trees and fauna and bugs and flowers and trees and landscapes and trees and to be fair Mr Gillies does venture into the ‘birds and sunsets’ cadre a little, but mostly he carves what he wants.

Title: This Is How Memories Are Made
Released: May 2013
Details: 16 Page hand bound, hardcover book. Includes an exclusive woodcut.
Edition: 20

I love the framing of his work and the focus of the image. And his colour! I find that printmaking is such a purist art form that mixing colours is frowned upon. Bollocks. Rules are meant to be broken. And it’s art for fucks sake, there shouldn’t be any rules anyway.

Title: Death Rides A Horse
Year: 2008
Size: 40cm x 35cm
Edition: 2

Did I mention the artist books?

Title: Luddite (Woodcuts By Alex Gillies 2009 – 2010)
Released: June 2010
Details: 16 Page double concertina book.
Handbound plus exclusive woodcut
Edition: 20 (sold out)

I think that I might have a small crush. Seriously. And he likes Durer! I’m definitely going to hang out in Brisbane more often.

 

 

http://againstthewoodgrain.wordpress.com/

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