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50. Safe haven #1



Feeling safe is one thing small kids seek. And they know how to use the gravity to get it.


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50. Safe haven #2



Feeling safe is one thing small kids seek. And they know how to use the gravity to get it.

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St Patrick College Art Exhibition and Prize 2010


A few people have asked me to explain a bit more about the St Patrick’s Art Exhibition and Prize. The school is a Catholic boy’s school in Ballarat since 1893.  

The school informed me that they received a significant number of entries from around Australia and have selected 70 finalists for the prizes and exhibition. They will hold the exhibition over September the 8th – 12th 2010 and offer two prizes, the Flanagan Prize, this year being $5000, and the University of Ballarat Emerging Artist Prize of $1000.  The judge’s criteria are “Creative use of medium and originality of artistic perception and mode of interpretation”.

The piece I entered (as seen above @ 47x64cm) is an extension and development of the ideas in the drawing of post "Moving in the queue", presented during the 100-day initiative. The prize winners will be announced at the Gala opening on Friday September the 10th

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49. Geese



Despite being big white birds like swans, geese are much more business like and have none of the romance surrounding swans.




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48. Cleaning



As an Australian in Belgium, the dress code always amazed me. Here is a good example. In Tervuren where I lived, shop assistants in their beautiful dresses and in full make-up would carry out the mundane jobs of daily business.

Similar work: In the metro
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47. Hand Kissing #1



Kissing hand means many things to many cultures. In a Turkish kid's mind, it usually means "give me the money" during Ramadan Bayram in which childeren are awarded for showing respect to elders.

Related work: Sitting on the beach

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47. Hand Kissing #2



Here is another version of this image.

Related work: Sitting on the beach


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46. Catching up



There is always a way to cut the breeze during a good, private chat. Especially after a long day of toil.

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Robert Clinch exhibition opening

Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure to attend Robert Clinch’s exhibition opening at the Manningham Gallery in Doncaster. He is a contemporary realist painter of exceptional quality. His works command respect.

I thought he strikes a perfect balance between craftsmanship and his artistic voice. The details he affords in the works are extraordinary. There is no way these images can be truly appreciated from the brochures. One has to see them in the flesh.

Apart from the extraordinary details in the works, some of them also stand out with the unique colors of egg tempera medium. Egg tempera is a traditional technique dating pre-Renaissance and used extensively during the Renaissance and later in Orthodox iconography. It involves quite a bit of technical knowledge surrounding the medium to make it work. It is not readily available and the artist would have to make it. We learn from an interview with Megan McEvoy that he uses it, not only because it does not fade even over centuries but also provides a rich color not available in other mediums. “It has a glow,” he says.

Another aspect of his work is that they are derived from on-site drawings. The images are therefore completely hand-made and are not traced from photographs. This seems to give him the power of re-constructing entire images from scratch and arrange them in ways which would not otherwise be possible.

His works are quite unique. In the same interview he says “I left school at eighteen, and went straight into workforce…My experiences in the workforce were probably a greater influence on my subject matter and my way of seeing, than any artist that I have seen.”

He is delivering a free Artists Floortalk this Saturday (24th of July) at 2pm. The details are:

Manningham Gallery

699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, Vic

Gallery Hours:  14-31 July 2010,

Tuesday to Friday, 11.00am to 5.00pm

Saturday, 2.00pm to 5.00pm 

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45. Ganders #1



What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
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45. Ganders #2



What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
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44. Travellers



Train platforms are for going from A to B but they also provide opportunities for different kinds of jorney when a romance is in the offing.



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43. In the café



Where computers force you to slip away, vending machines are never too far away.

Related work: Internet café

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42. Feeding the swans



Like all animals, swans are honest things when it comes to competition. They only demand as much as they need. 


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41. Getting ready #1



A tender tension grips the soul as it gets ready to spring.


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41. Getting ready #2



As the end of 100-day initiative approaches, I struggle to choose between multiple versions I produce for each image. This time I am making two of them available.


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40. Hungry boy



Muum! I am hungry again…

Related work: Sitting on the beach
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39. Umbrella



In Antalya, you pay a tiny amount for an umbrella at which point the waiter comes and fixes the wobbly gear deep into the beautiful pebble beach.

Related work: Sitting on the beach


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38. Holding the pushchair



Anyone with a young child would know how to catch a train in the London tube.

Related work: In the metro


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37. On the ramp



Thrill of speed and control is as attractive to watch as it to practice.

Related work: Down
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36. On the mat



Sometimes you do need to lead from behind...

Related work: Sitting on the beach


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35. Beach cafe



Beach experience in Turkey is such that all is povided for you to flop and not move a muscle. So the poor waiters waits the whole day under the sun and looks like part of the furniture, especially in the mornings when it is rather quite.

Related work: Sitting on the beach
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