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Tag: contemporary art

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2020

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Most children draw instinctively as a way of understanding and taking control of the world. If the great majority of us stop drawing at a certain age it’s not because we have attained a level of mastery. On the contrary, at around 9 or 10, so psychologists tell us, we become self-critical, feeling we don’t […]

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Karl Wiebke, Ebony Russell, Lea Ferris & Dave Teer

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s almost impossible to imagine ‘pure’ abstraction in art but Karl Wiebke takes us to the brink. His Seven Paintings at Liverpool Street Gallery avoid all the usual associations we habitually attach to an abstract work, being not suggestive of landscapes, figures, or architectonic details such as doors or windows. So what do we see? […]

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Joshua Yeldham, Dagmar Cyrulla, Indonesia Calling 2020

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“I’ve always been interested in how the eye is the trail to the soul, and how my soul projected can look like a painting,” says Joshua Yeldham in a short film he has made for his exhibition, Providence, at Arthouse Gallery. There’s a popular belief that artists are unworldly beings who live in their own […]

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Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Lindy Lee grew up in Brisbane in the 1960s, the daughter of Chinese parents who left Guandong when the Communists came to power. She is ethnically Chinese but Australian born and bred, a duality that has coloured her entire life. She remembers being the only Chinese face in her classes at school, which meant she […]

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Salon des Refusés 2020

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There must be a limit to the industrial quantity of portraits served up annually to the Australian public. This year we’ve already had the Portia Geach Memorial Award at the S.H.Ervin; the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award in Bega; the National Photographic Portrait Prize and the Darling Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in […]

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James Rogers

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Some artists make their best impression in a group exhibition, others need a showcase to themselves. James Rogers is a sculptor who always seems to have one of the standout pieces in Sculpture By the Sea every year. I felt I knew his work pretty well, but his mid-career survey at the Drill Hall Gallery […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Merrick Fry – ARO Gallery, Sydney

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Merrick Fry Lives: Annandale, Sydney Age: 70 Represented by: No commercial galleries (Proudly independent!) His thing: A varied collection of still lifes in mixed media Our take. Merrick Fry has been exhibiting paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations for over 50 years. Blessed and cursed with colossal skill and a restless temperament, he has worked […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Teelah George, Gallery 9, Sydney

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Teelah George Lives: Northbridge, Perth & Collingwood, Melbourne Age: 36 Represented by: Gallery 9, Sydney; (Neon Parc, Melbourne) Her thing: Abstract embroideries and mixed media works. Our take. Embroidery is known as a neat and careful occupation but Teelah George has taken the medium into another dimension. Although it’s not possible to be an […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Lisa Reihana – Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Sydney

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Lisa Reihana Lives: Freeman’s Bay, Auckland, New Zealand Age: 55 Represented by: Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert (No Melbourne representation) Her thing: Dramatic, editioned photos derived from a large-scale 3D immersive film. Our take. Lisa Reihana has been making theatrical, multi-media works on Pacific themes for decades, but after her large-scale video projection, in Pursuit of […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Jason Moad – Fox Galleries, Melbourne

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Jason Moad Lives: Preston, Melbourne. Age: 47 Represented by: Fox Galleries (.M Contemporary, Sydney) His thing: Intensely realistic paintings intended to bring out the personalities of plants. Our take. Anyone who has ever found themselves talking to their pot plants should enjoy Jason Moad’s Two Worlds and In-between, at Fox Galleries. An exacting realist, […]