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Born: 1977, Letterkenny, Ireland Works: Melbourne
So Fine exhibition showing from Friday 29 June until Monday 1 October 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition features new works from ten women artists reinterpreting and reimaging elements of Australian history.
Under Britain's child migrant scheme - operating from the 1920s through to the late 1960s - over 130,000 children were forcibly sent to ‘a better life' in former colonies, mainly Australia and Canada. Many were children of single mothers who had been forced to give them up for adoption, or had left them temporarily in British orphanages until they were fit to reclaim them._View video
July 9, 2018
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize judge, Wendy Sharpe, described Tim Storrier's 2017 winning painting of fellow Australian artist McLean Edwards as "an arresting, intriguing image at once both disturbing and playful". Storrier's portrait of his friend in The Lunar Savant (Portrait of McLean Edwards) indeed presents such a contrast.
Thursday 26th April 2018
Nell Frizzell interviews George Byrne in this months issue of The Guardian. George speaks of a moment whilst on a road trip from Los Angeles to Philadelphia.
"At a time of Islamophobia in the western world, it was a moment of connection,"
To read the full article please click here .
March 29, 2018
Lots of art looks (and sounds and reads) like other art, which is why fine artists and musicians and authors periodically lob accusations of “stealing” at one another.
In April 2017 Bega Valley Regional Gallery welcomed prominent Sydney artist Julian Meagher as inaugural artist in residence. A pilot project for a long term partnership between the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the BVRG, the residency offered the opportunity for visual artists to draw from the unique natural environment of the local region, whilst connecting with regional communities and expanding their practice outside of metropolitan studios.
There is much competition for the grant and artist-in-redisnce opportunities in Australia and beyone. We take a look at two artists who have met with the approval of the institutions responsible for administering these opportunities.
11 November 2017
Once, it seemed almost a mirable that art could capture the appearance of a man or woman, allowing them to live on in effigy for centuries after their disappearance...
Review of Nicolas Harding: 28 Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Until November 26.
25 Ocrtober 2017
Visitors to Taronga Zoo over the next month are likely to be confronted by an unusual exhibition as they meander between enclosures.
Giant images of 10 birds, some of them endangered, will be scattered at key points around the zoo as part of an inaugural QBE Muse exhibition aimed at highlighting the beautiful intricacy of a species that is too often missed in the zoo and in the wild.
Image: Taronga Zoo bird keeper Brendan Host holds Griffin the sooty owl with an image of the bird taken by photographic artist Leila Jefferys. Photo: Kate Geraghty
The MAK Centre for Art and Architecture West Hollywood and This x That (who dedicates to bringing architecture and design to broader audiences) present a site-specific installation by artist Paul Davies at the Fitzpatrick-Leland House in Los Angeles.
22 October 2017
In discussing what made a good portrait artist, Nicholas Harding cited a Chinese saying that it took "the head, the heart and the hand".
Harding - who won the 2001 Archibald Prize for a portrait of John Bell as King Lear - was at the National Portrait Gallery on Friday to talk about his exhibition Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits which is on display until November 26. Curated by Dr Sarah Engledow, it features works in a range of media including oil paintings of actor Hugo Weaving and writer Robert Drewe, gouache paintings of Harding's mother-in-law Edie Watkins and actress Anna Volska, and spur-of-the-moment drawings of airline passengers drawn on refuse and airsick bags.
Image: Artist Nicholas Harding at his exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits. Photo: Jamila Toderas
21 October 2017
Australian birdlife was also ruffling feathers in New York last week when Sydney gallery owner Tim Olsen had a star-studded cast turn up for the launch of artist Leila Jeffreys' extraordinary bird portraits at his Manhattan gallery Olsen Gruin, which has made quite an impact on the Big Apple art scene in just a few short months.
Image: Brooke Shields with Tim Olsen and Emerald Gruin in New York. Photo: Supplied
Jacqui Taffel, Wentworth Courier
17 October 2017
ARTIST McLean Edwards is all over the Doug Moran portrait prize this year.
The two paintings he entered, of film maker Warwick Thornton and a self-portrait, were selected as semi-finalists. The self-portrait made it into the finalists, as did Tim Storrier’s portrait of Edwards, both vying to win $150,000 this week in Australia’s richest art prize.
Brooke Sheilds' Manhattan Townhouse.
The actress decorates with style and substance.
Feathering her nest - Skye the Cockatoo - one of several large scale bird photos by Shields's friend Australian artist Leila Jeffreys on display - watches over the kitchen...
13 October 2017
The fact an everyday object, such as a flower, can hold significant emotional importance and trigger memories forms the inspiration behind most of Sally Anderson’s work, including her winning entry in this year’s Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.
“Everyone has stories attached to things,” the 27-year-old Sydney artist said. “I’m fascinated by the brain and cognition and how we hold emotional weight within certain objects. It’s so interesting to me how objects or landscapes can hold memories and how those memories can change over time; it’s not fixed.”