“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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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…

 

Lifestyle Choice

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See the ink to this article…

http://www.smh.com.au/national/tony-abbotts-lifestyle-choice-remark-leaves-everyone-hurting-inside-in-remote-indigenous-communities-20150313-143lh7.html

Garden Rhythm – Evolution of a painting

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This was painted in tandem with “A Child’s Garden” a some what more orthodox thematic approach. It occupies a piece of canvas that was first part of a large painting from 1994 “probation Broken”- A year of discovery, a year of trial and error, a year of great productivity and intense feelings.

"Probation Broken" 1994 160 x 210 m

“Probation Broken” 1994 160 x 210 m

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Detail

I kept this fragment, just as I have many other works, because paintings remain constantly evolving. They reach conclusion  at unexpected times, and sometimes they fail to reach a point of resolution.

A Child’s Garden

"A Child's Garden" 2015 Acrylic and enamel on canvas 122 x 180 cm

“A Child’s Garden” 2015 Acrylic and enamel on canvas 122 x 180 cm

First completed painting for the year. A Christmas project…largely painted on the back veranda shifted from shady spot to shady spot. Still ended up with a sunburnt neck!

Displaced

"Displaced 1" 2014 Acrylic and spray enamel on paper 60 x 50 cm

“Displaced 1” 2014 Acrylic and spray enamel on paper 60 x 50 cm

I like to work the surface before using the stencil. It gives the finished work a more painterly quality.

The Survivors

"The Survivors" 2014 Gouache on paper 53 x 65 cm

“The Survivors” 2014 Gouache on paper 53 x 65 cm

It would have been good to put together this exhibition, but it is time to move on now. Thinking about a broader canvas, a “Duty of Care” series that could incorporate recent themes as well as those images still to come. Of course I imagine large monolithic works, gallery pieces that will never see the inside of a gallery. However first I must make space in the garage, a depressing exercise that fills me with dread!

"The Voyage" 2014 Gouache on paper. 60 x 84cm.

“The Voyage” 2014 Gouache on paper. 60 x 84cm.

I’ve worked mostly on paper this year. A size that can be worked on my lap in the lounge room. “The Voyage” was finished last night, and is the last of these pictures.

"Family" 2014 Acrylic and spray enamel on paper 45 x 45 cm

“Family” 2014 Acrylic and spray enamel on paper 45 x 45 cm

"A new death" 2014 Acrylic on paper 60 x 50 cm

“A new death” 2014 Acrylic on paper 60 x 50 cm