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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!


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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Craig Parnaby

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Girl II
Description: oil on linen

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.

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,
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.”

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.

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?


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!

Helle Jorgenson Interview No.1

Helle Jorgenson Interview No.2

Art or Ecological vandalism?

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I believe this is art, mind you, there are a lot of people who think otherwise. It would be fantastic if more of society researched what they were complaining about, before they complained. Huge amounts of research, thought and consideration have gone into the making of this incredible art work. I wish I had thought of the idea myself!

Jason deCaires Taylor has gained significant interest and recognition for his unique work, with articles in over 1000 publications around the world, including National Geographic, Vogue, USA Today, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. His sculptures have aired on television features and documentaries with CNN, Discovery Channel, BBC, Metropolis Art Lounge and Thalassa. His international reputation was established in May 2006, when he created the world’s first underwater sculpture park in Grenada, West Indies, leading to both private and public commissions. Taylor is currently founder and Artistic Director of the Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA) in Cancun, Mexico.

Underwater sculpture

The Garden of Hope)

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