VISTA – a group exhibtion

I like windows.

They allow vision, and the passage of light – great things for a painter.

My latest work indulges my love of windows, and continues to play with the possibilities of iPad drawing. I’ve also drawn on the work of the very many artists who have harnessed the narrative potential of figures and interiors. The story in these paintings and collaged digital drawings belongs to you, the viewer.

Vista is a group exhibition opening in two weeks time at Hill Smith Gallery, 113 Pirie street, Adelaide. My work will be shown along with beautiful paintings and sculptures by Melinda Brodde, Jessica Mara and Astra Parker.

The exhibition runs from May 16th until June 13th. I hope you can come along!

"Five windows with show lights", 2015 Oil on marine ply 100cm x 80cm

“Five windows with show lights”, 2015
Oil on marine ply
100cm x 80cm

Gleam – drawing to a close

“Gleam” finishes this Saturday, 22nd November at 5pm. It is my current exhibition of drawings and paintings at Hill Smith Gallery, 113 Pirie Street, Adelaide. The gallery is open from 10-5, Tuesday until Friday, and 2-5 on Saturday. My work is upstairs on level 1, and on the ground floor is a beautiful exhibition by Thom Buchanan. I won’t be exhibiting for a while, so if you can get along to see it I’d be really happy!

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To see images of the paintings click here. The drawings have been shown in light boxes, and I haven’t posted images of them. If you manage to go along, I’d love to know what you thought. IMG_4118

Gleam – an exhibition

I’m busy finishing off the last few paintings for “Gleam”, my solo exhibition opening in the First floor space at Hill Smith Gallery, Pirie St,  Adelaide on November 1st, and running until 22nd November.

Gleamscape  2014 Oil on plywood 76cm x 59cm

Gleamscape
2014
Oil on plywood
76cm x 59cm

Gleam is a collection of works about just that – the gleam of reflections on water, the gleam of the last or first rays of the sun… and the gleam of the back-lit screen of a digital tablet. Every one of these drawings and paintings has its origin in an observational drawing made “en plein air” on my iPad. Some works are the actual drawings presented on light boxes, backlit just as they are on the iPad. Some are paintings of the original drawings – re interpreted in oil on board. Others are paintings of my finger marks on the iPad – close-ups of cropped digital drawings where slippage begins to occur between “represented” and “representing”. My work is an apologia for the primacy of seeing – the intricate and very human process of perceiving an image of our outside world via the retina and a complex cognitive transformation. It is also a celebration of the effect new technology has, and has always had, on the practice of Artists. I am influenced by many other Artists – notably David Hockney, Richard Diebenkorn, Pierre Bonnard, Èdouard Vuillard and the whole Nabi group, and the wonderful group of “9 by 5” cigar box works at the Art Gallery of South Australia, along with their evocative frames. Which brings me to frames – you will see that the “frames” of these paintings are an integral part of the work. They are inspired by the way drawings appear on an iPad and encouraged by my dilemma with frames, framing and the effect of photography on the way we think we see the world.

Wild is the Wind

On Monday 28th July I’ll be installing some paintings at Adelaide Airport for “Wild is the wind”, an exhibition curated by Gloria Strzelecki for the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) festival.

Also exhibiting are Katia Carletti, Anna Gore, Tyrone Ormsby and Talia Wignall.

The exhibition continues from 1st August until 24th August, 4am until 11pm.

If you’re passing through Adelaide airport in August make sure you check out our work  – it will be throughout the concourse opposite the domestic departure gates. Or if you don’t have business at the airport, come and have a look anyway! It is a huge bright space for our large bright works!

"Bluescape", Oil on canvas, 150cm x 100cm

“Bluescape”, Oil on canvas, 150cm x 100cm

Gematria – an Exhibition

“Gematria is an Assyro-Babylonian system of numerology later adopted by Jews that assigns numerical value to a word or phrase in the belief that words or phrases with identical numerical values bear some relation to each other”

I am participating in “Gematria”, an exhibition curated by Gloria Strzelecki, opens at Adelaide Central Gallery, Glenside Cultural Precinct, 7 Mulberry Road, Glenside on June 17th.

Gloria has assigned 26 artists each a letter of the alphabet and asked us to make an Artwork in response to that letter. The works will be accompanied by a very brief statement or poem written by the artist.

The exhibition will be opened by John Neylon, author, curator and Art critic, at 6pm on the 17th June. It continues until 11th July.

Some of the works may be seen here.

"The Gloaming", oil on marine ply, 1200cm x 49cm

“The Gloaming”, oil on marine ply, 1200cm x 49cm

The Participating Artists are:

Michael Bishop, Nona Burden, Liz Butler, Patty Chehade, Ruby Chew,
Trena Everuss, Louise Feneley, Zoe Freney, Geoff Gibbons, Sasha Grbich,
Rob Gutteridge, Ingrid Kellenbach, Sue Kneebone, Jess Mara, Claire Marsh,
Debra Morley, Renate Nisi, Sally Parnis, Rebekah Rivett, Fiona Roberts,
Julia Robinson, Chris Thiel, Yve Thompson, Luke Thurgate, Sera Waters
and Lyn Wood.

Last Days, Parkland Art at the Adelaide Festival Centre Art Space Gallery

The Adelaide Parklands Art Prize exhibition ends this Sunday April 6th at the Adelaide Festival Centre Art Space Gallery. It’s open Wednesday – Sunday, 11am -4pm

My multi-panel animated digital drawing work entitled “En Plein Air” will not be shown again in its current format. The hardware is on the way out! So, if you’re even slightly curious, go and have a look. I also have two small paintings in the exhibition.

There is a huge diversity of Art work exhibited, curated expertly by Maggie Fletcher. I hope you can manage to see it!

"En Plein air", 2013. Mp4 on digital photo frames, approx 96cm x 100cm multi panel work.

“En Plein air”, 2013.
Mp4 on digital photo frames, approx 96cm x 100cm multi panel work.

The Adelaide Parklands Art Prize exhibition

Friday 14th saw the opening of the Adelaide Parklands Art prize at the Adelaide festival Centre Art Space.

This exhibition of 86 diverse works, curated beautifully by Maggie Fletcher of the Art space Gallery, is a wonderful first time exhibition celebrating our unique parklands. The very worthy winner was CJ Taylor with “Pasha of the Parklands“.

I was thrilled to be given  a “Highly commended”award for “En Plein Air”, my 12 panel animated digital drawing work. I also have two small paintings in the exhibition.

 

The exhibition is at the Art Space (above the Dunstan Playhouse) until April 16th, Wed-Sun, 11am until 4 pm, or whenever there are performances at the Playhouse.

I hope you get a chance to check it out!

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AKA Tulya Wodli (Memory 5:30am) Oil on plywood, 40cm x 30cm

 

Drawing on the Adelaide Parklands

The Adelaide Parklands Art Prize is a new Art Prize, an initiative of the Adelaide Parklands Preservation Association.

I am thrilled to have had three of my works chosen for the finalists exhibition, commencing on Saturday February 15th at the Adelaide Festival Centre Art Space, until Sunday April 6th.

I hope you can come and have a look while it’s on!

AKA Tulya Wodli (Winter is coming) Oil on plywood, 40cm x 30cm

AKA Tulya Wodli (Winter is coming)
Oil on plywood, 40cm x 30cm

En Plein Air

"En Plein air", 2013. Mp4 on digital photo frames, approx 96cm x 100cm multi panel work.

“En plein air”, 2013.
Mp4 on digital photo frames, approx 96cm x 100cm multi panel work.

Today I have finally finished preparing my multi-panel digital work “En plein air” for exhibition in the Fleurieu Water and Environment Prize Finalists exhibition.

The work consists of an array of 12 digital photo frames, on each of which is an iPad drawing (originally made beside the river). The drawings are presented as mp4 files, synchronised to cycle in turn through their making and unmaking. The full cycle takes 7 min and 21 seconds.

It is impossible to show the work other than as a “still” on this page – to see it in its entirety you will have to visit the exhibition!

The exhibition will be at the South Coast regional Art centre in Goolwa, from 26th October until 25th November 2013.

For more information on the Fleurieu Art Prizes click here.

AWESOME!

It’s coming up to August, and the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) festival in Adelaide. Generally a very busy time for Artists here in South Australia!

I have teamed up with local business “Jorell’s Hair Face and Body”, Shop 44 City Cross Arcade, Rundle Mall to present my SALA exhibition “AWESOME!”

I was also lucky to be selected as a finalist for the Advertiser Business SA Contemporary Art Prize in SALA, so one of my iPad drawings on aluminium is in the finalist’s exhibition in the foyer of the Advertiser Building on Waymouth Street.

“AWESOME!” is a tongue-in-cheek meditation on the role of “Beauty ” and “Awe” in our times. I have used 21st technical means (digital iPad drawings) to rediscover traditional Art practice (Plein Air and observational figure drawing) in an effort to find beauty and awe in my everyday surroundings. Awesome?

Slies of Sky, iPad digital drawings, panels 34cm x 16cm on brushed aluminium

Slices of Sky, iPad digital drawings, panels 34cm x 16cm on brushed aluminium

AWESOME! runs from Saturday 3rd August until Saturday 7th September at Jorell’s. Jorell’s is open Monday – Friday in business hours, and Saturday mornings.There is a “Drinks with the Artist” function on Tuesday 20th August, 4:30pm – 6:30pm.