Tag: landscape

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Five Artists, Seven days

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It seems like an age ago but in September 2019 I travelled with five artists and a film crew to Mount Zero Taravale in far north Queensland, a property owned by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC). We spent a week in the bush preparing for an exhibition that has just opened at Defiance Gallery, Mary […]

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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 […]


Streeton: A First Look

Friday, November 13th, 2020 Blog,

When the title of a show is simply the artist’s surname it sends a message. If you don’t know who Streeton is, well… you should. It’s like saying “Picasso”, rather than “Pablo Picasso” or “Rembrandt” rather than “Rembrandt van Rijn”. The unattended surname signifies greatness. It’s a warning you’ll miss out on an essential Australian […]

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The Wynne Prize 2020

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

A visitor to the Art Gallery of NSW has written to me, saying that after living through last year’s horror bushfires on the south coast, he was surprised at the lack of fire paintings in the Wynne Prize. He was also disappointed that the Salon des Refusés seemed to ignore the bushfire crisis, although it […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Pippin Drysdale – Sabbia Gallery, Sydney

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

Artist: Pippin Drysdale Lives: Fremantle, W.A. Age: 77 Represented by: Sabbia Gallery (Linton & Kaye, Perth; plus galleries in the UK, USA, Belgium, France, Germany & Switzerland) Her thing: Ceramic vases and marbles, incorporating the colours of the Australian landscape. Our take. Last year in New York City, Sotheby’s held an exhibition of works from […]

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Angus Nivison, Paul Higgs

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

If one had to nominate the most high-profile show in Sydney this week, it would probably be Patricia Piccinini’s The Gardener at Roslyn Oxley9. Touted as the most popular contemporary artist in the world in 2106, after two well-attended surveys in Brazil, Piccinini has become a favourite with the art museums. One might compare her […]

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Wollongong Art: eX de Medici, Hana Orszulok, Pamela Griffith

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Earlier this year French President, Emmanuel Macron, announced a €7 billion support fund, largely intended to help small companies and independent artists. It’s a far cry from the $250 million Scott Morrison is sprinkling on the arts sector in Australia. To think of the arts in France is to think of the Opéra Garnier and […]

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John R. Walker, Elisabeth Cummings, Ian Grant, Maria Kontis

Saturday, July 18th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

After months in lockdown memories of this season’s bushfire crisis have already begun to fade. People are so fixated on the moment, so ready to focus on present circumstances and forget past vexations, that the fires might have happened in ancient times rather than a mere six months ago. For our beloved Prime Minister that […]

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Tom Gleghorn

Thursday, July 9th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Robert Hughes once explained his reasons for leaving Australia by saying that if he’d stayed he would have ended up as the world expert on Tom Gleghorn. It wasn’t a swipe at one particular artist so much as an airy dismissal of Australian provincialism, but it left me with a lingering impression of Gleghorn as […]

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Friday, May 15th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

A successful artist needs more than talent. There has to be a taste – perhaps a need – for solitude. The movies portray artists as great Bohemians who carouse in bars and cafés, have fierce arguments about art and embark on passionate, doomed love affairs, but this is only what they do in their spare […]