Following the recent revamp of my website, I have decided now is an appropriate time to maintain a regular blog to inform art lovers.
This July posting finds me working on a new series of paintings and experimenting with light boxes. The paintings have no particular unifying theme but many record man's mark on his environment. 'Stonehenge' and 'Cornish Tin Mine' are works in progress. Also I can't wait to paint several snapshots of the rapidly changing inner-Brisbane built environment.
The light boxes are a new format for me. I am learning as I create various works. The most pleasing to date is 'Art Gallery'. Using a Penfolds 'Grandfather Tawny Port' wine presentation box, I have created a mini-gallery with eleven paintings displayed using three levels of lighting. 'Volkswagon' is an almost complete 3D collage with lighting.
My next solo exhibition is still at concept stage but may happen late 2015/early 2016. During the intervening time I have and will exhibit in group events. This year my paintings have been hung at the Stanthorpe Art Show, Winton's Waltzing Matilda Art Show and the Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular. Two major works sold at the latter event. The Downlands College Art Exhibition occurs later this month with two of my paintings and a skateboard deck, painted as a tribute to Pro Hart, to be displayed.
I have entered two paintings into two major Australian Art competitions.
'Cunningham's Gap', a 93cm x 185cm triptyche has been sent to the Wynne Art Prize.
'Neither Black Nor White', an acrylic 183cm x 121cm, is entered in the Sulman Art Prize. This painting is a surrealist comment inspired by lyrics from a Katie Melua song:
"The piano keys
Are black and white
But they sound like a million colours in your mind"
Enjoy our Brisbane winter with its softer colours, clear atmosphere and revealing light. Look out for my August blog.