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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.”

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.



Jade Pegler

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Aside from everything else, I love this work.


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,

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!

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


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,

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 – 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- . 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,
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

Aditya Novali

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I dont normally do the copy-paste thing, but I love the way this guy has written his own bio. From the website of Aditya Novali “Aditya Novali was born in Solo,in 1978. He started his artistic career at the young age of 7 as dalang cilik or the child puppet master and making his way even to the Presidential Palace. While other children were busy with their school and classes, he divided his time between his study and paintings. It was then at the age of 14, he had his own ever solo exhibition at Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta. But later he decided to take Architecture major as his study in the Parahyangan University, instead of Arts, since it gives him a new opportunity to approach his art works in wider perspective. It was the same reason when he decided to pursue his further study at Conceptual Design in Design Academy Eindhoven. His works are often “playful” combining design in his artworks. The results are various series in diverse media. He combines not only an exploration of painting in its technique but also the functionality of the works. Thinking as a trained designer – due to his educational background – his approach to his works creating a realm of playfulness, socio-political criticism as well as invitation to the audience engagement. In many of his recent series, he often featured urban life and its paradox as his subject matters. Combining his innovative concept of rotatable artwork and critic toward the reality of urban life, his work also exhibited the influence of his architectural background. The paradoxs of urban life seems to resume his latest series.”           Also a first, I don’t generally post work which is gory or macabre. Don’t get me wrong, I love a zombie movie, it’s just that most gory art work seems puerile and childish. This work however, appeals. I don’t know why. The reason I was first drawn to this artist was the Design- like quality to his art. Finding that he studied architecture seemed a matter of course.  I love the eclectic yet grandiose structures, the monochrome palette and the stark shadows. This work is both beautiful and bizarre.

Mel Robson

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I adore ceramics, I always want new bowls, new useless thimbles and Japanese teacups. There is so much beauty in the practicality and impracticality of a functional form.

Mel Robson Ceramics


Mel Robson is a ceramic artist from Brisbane, Australia currently based in Alice Springs.

‘I make functional and non-functional objects out of porcelain. I’m obsessed by road maps, recipes, sewing patterns and handwriting. Really obsessed.”

She has shown her work all over. Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, South Korea, Utah, Kentucky. And has been in as many publications.

Mel Robson

I know next to nothing about ceramics, but I did read the terms ‘slip cast’ and ‘ceramic decals’, which sounds like technical terms for she makes stuff out of clay and puts stuff on it.

Whatever it is that she does, she does it beautifully. Some of it is a  little too ‘etsy’ for my art loving brain. But don’t get me wrong, I haven’t seen anything she does which I wouldn’t buy.

It is all beautiful and so skillfully executed.

Her designs are created using original designs and hand drawings, as well as imagery sourced from old photographs, maps, recipes, personal letters, vintage fabrics and wallpapers”

Or like these, pages from her sketch books.


Or these, possibly my favourites, decorated with recipes or poems from the women in her family.

I always have been a sucker for the written word.

Eko Nugroho

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Eko Nugroho is a phenomenal artist. He works in so many mediums, all the mediums, he is mediumtastic. He is a painter, an embroiderer, a sculptor, a performance artist, a street artist, a shadow puppet artist, an artist book artist. He does it all.

Shit Wrong Party Again – embroidery

Born in 1977 in Yogyakarta Indonesia, he studied painting at the Indonesian Art institute and began his massive art career at the height of the ‘Reformasi’, with exhibitions and ‘artist in residence’ terms in Germany, France, USA, Finland, Australia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Korea, China, The Netherlands, Italy, Indonesia and elsewhere. I don’t normally rattle off lists like this, but kudos to the guy. Most famous/popular artists don’t get constant demand like this.

Invasion 2 – embroidery

Eko Nugroho‘s work combines high art with street art and whilst his work has been labeled low brow, I say ptthh to that.  I’m pretty sure that the term lowbrow is the new way to say that you don’t understand art. Just because it can go on a t-shirt (or a scarf)  doesn’t make it less relevant. Monet’s have been on postcards since the get-go.

Louis Vuitton Scarf

Artists who work and get paid are valid. If you put art on a piece of clothing, you are not a sellout .


I love this guys stuff because it is off beat. He uses traditional and not so traditional styles and mediums. His colours are amazing and vivid and his subject matter could be construed as flippant or deeply immersed in his culture. I would put this on my wall. But maybe only one piece. More than that might be garish?

Temoin Hybride – installation

Paper Art

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Paper is an incredible material. Undervalued in Western society, unfortunately. There are so many different was of using it, as a material to design on to a material to design with.

This blog  post is an inspiration to all paper lovers-

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