Jeffrey Smart (1921 – 2013)
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Jeffrey Smart (1921 – 2013)

In memory of one of the greats of Australian painting who passed away earlier this week, Jeffrey Smart. Despite Modernism’s challenge to representational imagery, and the subsequent Death of Painting discourse which questioned the relevance of painting within the contemporary art spectrum, Smart remained true to his chosen genre and medium and created some of the most iconic … Continue reading

Inside the Artist’s Studio with EOLO PAUL BOTTARO
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Inside the Artist’s Studio with EOLO PAUL BOTTARO

Melbourne based artist Eolo Paul Bottaro reveals the inner sanctum of his studio in the lead up to his forthcoming exhibition at James Makin Gallery (July 2013). Bottaro is one of the few contemporary painters who makes their own paints from hand ground pigments, having researched pre-industrial revolution painting techniques that existed before paints were packaged in … Continue reading

RICK AMOR and Modern Mythologies
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RICK AMOR and Modern Mythologies

“Mythmaking in the Modern Age” an excerpt from Levelling Time: The Figurative Painting of Rick Amor, Eolo Paul Bottaro and Jeffrey Smart, a Masters Thesis by Marguerite Brown, 2012. The presence of mythological threads are  veiled in Rick Amor’s work, yet exist as a recurrent subtext nonetheless. Amor’s images generally avoid a definitive interpretation, he … Continue reading

Lost and Found – KAREN GRAY
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Lost and Found – KAREN GRAY

Catalogue essay for Lost and found by Karen Gray. 1st – 19th July, 2008, Flinders Lane Gallery, Australia. Through the transformative process of applying paint on canvas, Karen Gray’s art has long been concerned with re-contextualising objects and investing them with personal meaning. While this meaning may not always be directly obvious, the emotional resonance of the artist’s … Continue reading

Eugene von Guérard, Nature Revealed
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Eugene von Guérard, Nature Revealed

First Published Tuesday June 14 2011, on Artshub This vast exhibition of works by intrepid colonial painter Eugene von Guérard toured the National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, and National Gallery of Australia between 2011 – 2012.  Eugene Von Guérard: Nature Revealed gives us an insight into the wonder that this European artist, who evidently possessed a passion for … Continue reading