Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Exhibition at VAMOS, Melbourne CBD

Gambling Hans, wire, paper, clay, paint, 30cm tall

If you happen to be around the upper end of Little Bourke St in Melbourne, do drop by the South American bar and restaurant VAMOS where I'm exhibiting a selection of limited edition prints from The Singing Bones, plus a pointy sculpture of a wolf, alongside an exhibition of work by Inari Kiuru, Saturnalia Industrialis, a speculative meditation on 'industrial moths'. You might even catch some live flamenco! The exhibition runs throughout August, September and beyond; more about VAMOS here.

Also, if you'd like to see the sculpture shown here, drop by the excellent bookstore Brunswick Bound on Sydney Rd in Brunswick (Melbourne) where it sits behind the counter. It depicts a moment when Death is tricked in to climbing a magical tree from which he can't descend for seven years: during that time, nobody dies. 

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Greatest Cat in the World, oil 150 x 100cm

A stand-alone painting that also relates to a short story of the same title (published in an Australian anthology, Rich and Rare). It was used by the Financial Times UK this weekend to illustrate the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, and also accompany an interview piece by Lorien Kite related to the forthcoming publication of The Singing Bones in the UK on September 1. You can read the full article here.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Yellow tree on a windy day, Parkville, oil 20 x 15cm

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Friday, 5 August 2016

Monday, 1 August 2016

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Friday, 22 July 2016

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Monday, 18 July 2016

People on their way to work, Jewell Station, oil 20 x 15cm

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Sunday, 3 July 2016

The way that can be named is not the way, ink drawing, c.2005

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Home-made pet parade, pencil A4
A very early sketch from 2004, which later evolved into a scene in Rules of Summer by 2013.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Chameleon, scraperboard, c.1997

A drawing I produced for my own letterhead in my early years as a freelance illustrator, but never ended up using (I just didn't write that many letters). The idea was that to be a freelancer you needed to be somewhat chameleonic, ready to adopt a variety of styles and processes, ready to catch any good ideas too. 

I'm often asked by new illustrators, is it better to be diverse or have one particular, signature style? I'm still not sure, but starting out I had no real choice, in Perth at that time I needed to be diverse just to survive: paintings for galleries, murals, scientific illustration, architectural, product labels, concert posters, children's books, SF, horror, political cartoons; you name it, I tried it. Over time it morphed into something like a singular style anyway. Two good quotes by painters on style that I often think about: 

Georges Braque: 'Style is the inability to do otherwise' 

Frank Auerbach: 'Style is what you do in a crisis.'

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Unmasking the Wild

June 30th is your final chance to bid on your favourite mask!

A unique collection of masks collectively titled Unmasking the Wild, created by 22 Australian illustrators celebrate the end of the 30 year journey for Isobelle Carmody and her legion of faithful readers, that was The Red Queen, the last in the Obernewtyn Chronicles.

My own contribution: Cypress Trickster, paper, clay, acylic and oil paint.

All of the masks are available for sale by auction online to raise funds for two charities: Crisis Fund, run by IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) and the Moon Bear Sanctuary in Chengdu, China.

View this terrific collection on display at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Ground Floor. Until 3 July.Geelong Regional Library - What's On Page
Bid on your favourite mask here!