Watch Dog

Watch Dog

“Watch Dog” 2017 Mixed media on board 40 x 30 cm – Winner of the “People’s Choice Award” at the Tenants Union Art Competition this year.

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“Autumn Play” Mixed media on paper laid down on board. Exhibited at the Belconnen Arts Centre in the “Traces 2” exhibition – two were sold.

LEAVES AND STRANGERS

Watching the everyday parade from a park bench in Canterbury, Melbourne. A place from my past were winds spoke in tongues and rogues looted cooly. Mothers and daughters, son’s and lovers, exiles and outcasts, file past the old Rotunda, from which brassy music can be heard once a year in spring.
Not one of these faces ever looks the same twice. Different in every happy snap, from every angle, from a memory glance to shop front spectacle. Different again under a shade tree or squinting into the sun.
Different again under the harsh light of an incandesent eye and a light bulb idea of beuty and friendship. Life is long and stores within the face a myriad of expressions changing with winter and with summer and the in-between moments.
With bright blue skies and dark foreboding formations, the stream of faces pass by the old rotunda just like so many leaves – too innumerable to count. They flutter and fall, get washed down and passed over, but are constantly reborn in vivid, soft and tender hues.
The grounds are seemingly made of leaves, forming an irreducable mass, waiting for little feet in bright yellow gumboots to disrupt their winter sleep. Leaves clog up the guttering of the rotunda, and in wet weather will cause the rain to cascade down its sides. Strangers will briefly gather then , from where the music eminates once every spring, and they will listen to a different kind of music.
Sitting on a park bench in Canterbury gardens watching the everyday parade pass by, the last leaves to fall clinging desperately to their twiggy home, as if the last few bucks in the hands of a teenage scrooge. A toy lies half berried in their midst, playing peek a boo with a ghost.

AUTUMN

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Keeping Shrine

KEEPING SHRINE

“Keeping Shrine” 80 x 60 cm Mixed media on paper (Finalist in the 2017 Cliftons Art Prize)

 

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Seeking Refuge

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Exhibition curated by Narelle Phillips of the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

I am very excited to have been invited to take part in this exhibition. The opening was a great occasion and an opportunity to meet other artists working with the same subject matter.

My main piece in the show “Uncertain Voyage” was also used as the front cover of a new book published earlier this year by Irial Glynn –

Irial Glynn is a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the Institute of History at Leiden University Netherlands. His research focuses on postwar Irish and Italian migration history, global trends in asylum policymaking from a historical perspective and the links between memory studies and migration studies.

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“Uncertain Voyage” 2014 Gouache and enamel on paper laid down on board 122 x 180 cm

Other recent works not included in this exhibition…

 

UNCERTAIN JOURNEYS

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Today was bump in for my exhibition “Uncertain Journeys”.

The image of the boat has been a recurring theme in my painting for three years. Imagining the claustrophobic hull – the hell of uncertainty. The forced migration of people is a defining aspect of the times and the “illegal” journey to Australia by boat is now part of our modern mythology.

I worked night shift with a young man who made such a journey in 2001. Although only 8 years old at the time, he vividly described three nights jammed in with asylum seekers from a variety of countries, sharing the same goal and the same fear in the wilderness of hours huddled together clutching make shift weapons. They had little idea where they were headed, but anywhere was better than the danger and persecution they faced at home.

We have been bombarded with images and discussion in the media regarding the plight of refuges seeking asylum. This reflects upon our collective character as a nation, and resides in our hearts and minds, either to solidify prejudice or to create a powerful sense of injustice.

These pictures have grown out of this turbulence, my perspective – sensitive to the issues, and reflective about the discussion and consequences of government policy.

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2. “Night Wishes” 2014 70.5 x 50.5 cm Oil and enamel on board

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3. DETERANCE NOT PROTECTION 2015 27 X 33 CM Enamel and graphite on paper

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4. “A CERTAIN MARITIME INCIDENT” 2016 120 x 98.5 cm Acrylic on Linen

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5. “ON THE HULL” 2015 25 x 34 cm Gouache on paper

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6. “RISK THE SEAS” 2015 39 x 49 cm Oil on board

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7. “HOPE PEOPLE NOT BOAT PEOPLE” 2015 24 x 29 cm Gouache on paper

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8. “SIEV 221 OFF CHRISTMAS ISLAND” (each 46 x 60 cm)          oil on board

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9. “RAFT ADRIFT No.1” 2015 36 X 24 CM Gouache on paper

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10. “LIVES IN LIMBO” 2015 78 x 37 cm Gouache and enamel on paper

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11. “RALLY FOR REFUGEES No.1” 45.5 x 60 cm Enamel on board

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12. “RALLY FOR REFUGEES No.2” 2015 40 x 50 cm Acrylic on board

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13. “THE BURNING OF SIEV 36” 2016 36 x 47 cm Oil on paper

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14. “THE DROWNED” 2016 76 x 48 cm Gouache and enamel on paper

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15. “BEHIND THE WIRE” 2014 57.5 x 74 cm Enamel on board

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16. “TRANSFEREES” 2014 52 X 47 CM Enamel on paper

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17. “VOYAGE No.1” 2014 98 x 138 cm Acrylic on board

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18. “VOYAGE No.2” 2015 39 x 62 cm Gouache and enamel on paper

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19. “WE HIDE OUR SHAME IN THE WITHHELD NAMES” 2014 48 X 63 cm Enamel on paper

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20. “THE SURVIVORS” 2015 52 X 64 CM Gouache on paper

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21. “IN THE HULL” 2015 46.5 X 48 CM Gouache on board

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22. “AGAINST THE WAVES ” 2015 45 x 29 cm Gouache on paper

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23. “THERE IS NO QUEUE WHEN YOU RUN FOR YOUR LIFE” 2015 64 x 50 cm Ink, pastel and gouache on paper

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24. “MEMORY OF THE GUN” 2015 38 x 31 cm Gouache and ink on paper

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25. “NATIONAL INTEREST” 2016 78 x 38 cm Gouache and enamel on paper

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26. “UNCERTAIN JOURNEYS” 2014 79.5 x 54 cm Gouache and enamel on board

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27. “DETENTION” 2014 50 x 63 cm Enamel on board

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28. “YOU WON’T BE SETTLED IN AUSTRALIA” 2014 78 x 52 cm Gouache and enamel on paper

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29. “RAFT ADRIFT No.2” 2016 37 X 48 CM Gouache on paper

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30. “ON THE WIRE” 2015 61 x 46 cm enamel on board

The Family

"The Family" 2015 Gouache on paper

“The Family” 2015 Gouache on paper

In recent months I have concentrated on a series of works on paper on the theme of a family group. This is a theme that has been explored by many artists and I am particularly drawn to the images of Henry Moore during his “bomb shelter” era. I used my own family as a reference, assembling them to make a tableaux then expanding on basic this configuration to explore distortion and other structural variations.

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Most of these works began as a simple monotype line drawing, and were taken in different directions using gouache, ink and pastel.