Juxtaposed – COLIN PALETHORPE
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Juxtaposed – COLIN PALETHORPE

COLIN PALETHORPE Juxtaposed 5th – 22nd August. Firestation Print Studio, Melbourne AUSTRALIA In Juxtaposed, Melbourne based artist Colin Palethorpe considers the Australian landscape as a hybrid space, using the stark nature of collage to evoke an almost alien collision of European ‘settler’ culture on Australian soil. Idyllic pastoral scenes are sensitively rendered on paper, only to … Continue reading

A Hybrid Practice – Rona Green’s ventures in printmaking
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A Hybrid Practice – Rona Green’s ventures in printmaking

This article will feature in the Winter 2015 edition of IMPRINT, the quarterly journal for the Print Council of Australia.  Over the past 20 years Rona Green has developed a lexicon of hybrid creatures that are instantly recognizable as the product of her outlandish imagination. In various forms of printmaking, and more recently through painting, … Continue reading

IMPRINTS OF PLACE – Limited edition prints from Australia and Ireland
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IMPRINTS OF PLACE – Limited edition prints from Australia and Ireland

Imprints of Place Limited edition prints from Australia and Ireland Current until 11th January, 2015  The Framing Salon 10 Dartmouth Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3XU @theframingsalon This diverse exhibition features over 100 limited edition prints, skillfully hand-crafted by artists working from three separate print studios in Australia and Ireland. Artists from Firestation Print Studio, Melbourne; PressNorth … Continue reading

Hendrick Goltzius – splendour and excess
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Hendrick Goltzius – splendour and excess

“The fact – and this will seem to many unbelievable – that his paintings by no means equaled his superb engravings did a lot to damage his reputation.”[1] Constantijn Huygens, 1630 The term ‘virtuosity’ rarely fails to surface when discussing the graphic oeuvre of Dutch artist Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617). Praised for his sheer technical brilliance, … Continue reading

Hercules Segers – on precipitous grounds
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Hercules Segers – on precipitous grounds

“The artist produces scenes that are like sheets of stone, whether these be jagged cliff faces or crumbling stone structures. Ostensibly revealing broad vistas, Segers’ landscapes instead form a stony wall of impenetrable material, confounding view with picture plane. The viewer is not meant to enter these spaces.”[1] And yet enter we do, into Segers’ … Continue reading

Cristofano Robetta – poetic imperfection
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Cristofano Robetta – poetic imperfection

Cristofano Robetta (1462 – 1535 after) is not exactly a well known name, even to those interested in the early history of western printmaking. Over-shadowed by luminaries of his era, print historians have invariably discussed the awkward and technically unrefined aspects of his work. They also point out its heavily derivative nature as Robetta freely … Continue reading

Visioning The Planets in 15th century Florentine printmaking
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Visioning The Planets in 15th century Florentine printmaking

Baccio Baldini (c.1436–1487) is the elusive artist to whom these astrologically inspired engravings, created around 1464, are attributed. Titled The Planets, this series of seven prints reflect prevailing systems of knowledge that during the 15th century governed the way people viewed the world around them. Specifically, they refer to the Ptolemaic concept of the universe where … Continue reading

Traverse – MELINDA SCHAWEL
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Traverse – MELINDA SCHAWEL

Catalogue essay from Melbourne based artist Melinda Schawel’s new exhibition, Traverse April 4th – May 18th, 2014, Artspace Mackay, QLD Australia Melinda Schawel has always been drawn to the physicality of creative process, and allowed the non-rational act of making to guide the development of her atmospheric imagery. Previously this affinity for process has led her to … Continue reading

Hidden, unseen, unknown – NICOLE MACDONALD
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Hidden, unseen, unknown – NICOLE MACDONALD

I was recently invited to open emerging artist Nicole Macdonald’s exhibition at G3 Artspace at Kingston Arts (Parkdale, VIC). Here are my opening remarks about this talented young artist’s work! In Hidden, Unseen, Unknown Nicole Macdonald presents a body of work that is diverse in its mediums of execution that include etching, lithography and watercolour, but uniform … Continue reading