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When Michael Johnson isn’t painting, he likes to go fishing at night, says Joyce Morgan in The Sydney Morning Herald. At night, “you have to feel what’s going on – it’s all communication by touch,” he says. Asking his students to paint blindfold gave them that same sense. Despite the shimmering bands of jewel like colour: “After a while you get a grasp on it, like the body movements of a dancer.”

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From the Heart

The Sydney Morning Herald
John McDonald

Despite contrasting views of the world, two artists find common ground by putting emotion before technique, writes John McDonald.

The conundrum of how to express one’s thoughts and feelings in a way that doesn’t become illustrative or didactic lies at the heart of abstract art. Many artists consider abstraction to be a logical progression, believing that once they have crossed the lines that separates them from strictly representational art there is no turning back. This made it doubly startling last week to see Michael Johnson’s extraordinary drawing of a snow leopard completes as part of last year’s artist’s project at Taronga Park Zoo.

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When the Invisible Becomes Visible

The Sydney Morning Herald
Joyce Morgan

For artist Michael Johnson, size most definitely matters..

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Ben Ali Ong - Ballads of the Dead and Dreaming

Art Month Blog
Rhianna Walcott

With its darkly poetic title, Ballads of the Dead and Dreaming, Ben Ali Ong’s latest series will not disappoint those familiar with his ominous, seductive and moody photographs. The exhibition which is being shown at Tim Olsen Gallery, as part of Art Month Sydney, chronicles Ong’s ongoing fascination with ideas of mortality, spirituality and the subconscious.

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An abstract blast from the present

Sydney Morning Herald - SMH
John Macdonald

As floods follows droughts, the art dealers are hoping a new year will bring clients rushing back through their doors. The previous 12 months were so quiet and visitation so poor that 2011 simply has to be better. This may be an optimistic view, but only an optimist would ever open a commercial gallery. The problem has not been the quality of the shows but the dogged reluctance of buyers to succumb to their acquisitive impulses. The money was there but self-denial was practices with a rigour that is rarely seen in Sydney. As usual there are many shows crying out for attention, but at the risk of making an arbitrary connection, I’ll look at three exhibitions by three young painters working in completely different styles.. Sophie Cape, at the Tim Olsen Gallery is making her debut…  Cape, who is the youngest of these three artists but perhaps, the most confidant...

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24 Hours - The Arts Diary

Sydney Morning Herald

Cross a paintbrush with an adrenalin rush and you get artist Sophie Cape, pictured. A champion downhill skier until injuries forced a change of career, Cape describes her violent way with a brush as "a cathartic expulsion of energy". Her pyschological self portraits,

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Painting with an Adrenalin Brush

The Sunday Herald
Alicia Wood

Somewhere within Sophie Cape’s violent and visceral paintings is her biography. As the dirt and paint intersect on huge pieces of paper, the results tell the story of an elite athlete distraught after injures took away her goals. Cape was a champion skier who changed careers after serious knee and muscle injuries.

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Soul of a Nation Rendered in Light and Shade

The Sydney Morning Herald
Leo Robba

In casting around for a theme for this year’s Australia Day special, we hoped to choose one that would give the artists scope to explore and celebrate what it means to be Australian. The brief was that the work should be a personal response to our country’s diversity, landscape and culture. Each artist has brought a distinct vision of how they understand and picture our national character, reflecting the wide rang of reactions to the idea of Australia Day.

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Phoenix Rising

The Weekend Australia
Ross Bilton

Photographer Rex Dupain was in a town in Western NSW and the locals were warning him not to go near the local Aboriginal reserve. Your car will be damaged, they said; you’ll be robbed or beaten up. But then Dupain met an Aboriginal man in the street who offered to take him there and show him around. “Don’t worry bro,” the man said. “If you’re with me you’ll be OK.”

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Artist scales down - the size of her works, not her output

The Sun Herald
Andrew Taylor

It has taken Cherry Hood six years to overcome her fear of the landscape at her farm near Goulburn. “It’s been a difficult thing,” she said. “We have this big black range of hills near us and they’re quite spooky and we’re surrounded by these white trees that are quite eerie.” Years of drought had taken a toll, but Hood said rains had brought life to the district’s parched farms: “Its very green and lush.

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Open Gallery

The Sydney Morning Herald- Spectrum
Katrina Lobley
26-27 June 2010

Emdur's seascapes featuring floating women have always been singularly beautiful with their weightless, Ophelia-like overtones but in this show her work takes on a more provocative edge with multiple, occasionally intertwined naked bodies. "Martine's paintings celebrate aquatic liberation," says gallerist Tim Olsen. Detail from Sage pictured below.

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Best of the Rest

Australian Financial Review - Life & Leisure
January 2010

Sculpture 2010 is a showcase of works by Robert Hague, Camie Lyons (Wings in the Big Blue, pictured) and Peter Vandermark in a variety of media.

Seeking inspiration creates a net effect

The Daily Telegraph
Elizabeth Fortescue and the Daily Telegraph
Sept 30 2009

JUST before he won the Archibald Prize earlier this year, Sydney artist Guy Maestri felt impatient and dissatisfied with his work.

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Open Gallery

The Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald
Lissa Christopher
26-27 September 2009

David Larwill, New Paintings

In the 1980's, David Larwill was a member of Roar, a group of young, anti-establishmentarian artists who ran their own exhibitions and occupied themselves with a provocative, new-fangled style of painting known as figurative expressionism. 

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Open Gallery

The Sydney Morning Herald
Lissa Christopher
9 May 2009

Davies is popular with buyers and his latest exhibition of unpeopled architectural paintings - some of which feature fine, hand-cut stencil work and each of which has its own note of mystery - has sold out.

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Guy Maestri

Art & Australia
Margaret Farmer
Vol.46 No.3

Revelling in paint's materiality, Guy Maestri creates abstract gestures of colour and line supplement by a figurative lexicon expressive of environmental concerns.

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The Week - The best of the Australian and International Media
27 February 2009

Martine Emdur takes photos of women's bodies submerged in the ocean off Sydney. Back in the studio, she uses the images as a point of departure for her large-scale underwater nudes.


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Box Office - Andrew Taylor: Outside

The (Sydney) Magazine
Annemarie Lopez
27 November 2008

Drift into the artists dreamy "florascapes" in this exhibition of subtly elusive paintings and prints.

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James McGrath

The Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum
Saturday 11 October 2008

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Hunter's gathering value

Sunday Telegraph
Jo Liston
18 May 2008, p36.

You may not have heard of him, but Philip Hunter has become one of the most sought-after artists in the country almost overnight.

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