by John posted March 1, 2014 category Art / Design, Painting, Traditional Arts, Wood Carving


Diverse / City

Per usual it’s been a while since my last update and I’ve been flat out like a lizard drinking (I do like that saying, but I have never checked the validity of such an observation). Tomorrow (March 2) I’ll be attending the launch of my first ever fine art exhibition, which will be a group effort, held at the Light Factory in Eltham (Northern Melbourne). I’ve exhibited my work before, but only as a graphic designer, and it’s not quite the same. I’m excited for the prospect to break some new personal ground.

For the exhibition I’ve created a number of acrylic paintings on canvas, in a semi traditional Koorie style, along with several hand-carved wooden artifacts (war clubs, spear thrower etc), and not to forget a framed traditional Koorie fishing line, with turban shell hook. It’s taken a lot of time and dedication to churn out the works whilst also juggling my family responsibilities and my 9-5 job, thus I’m glad I can slow down now.

Well.. maybe.

I’ve actually just committed to a second exhibition, where I’m to create two works based on those found in a set of 19th century photographs, under commission for the host gallery in Northern New South Wales. More on this to come, along with another two potential exhibitions I’m exploring.

In other news, I spent the entirety of January in Far Northern New South Wales, camping with my family, touring my old stomping grounds, and enjoying visiting cousins, friends and aunties. It was a great trip, and a colossal effort, which won’t be duplicated at such a frantic, jam-packed pace anytime soon. In all we were able to visit my folks in the Blue Mountains, spend a short break on both the Murrumbidgee and Murray rivers, visit the Big Banana and Prawn, visit Baryulgil and Malabugilmah, tour Yamba and Grafton, camp at Yulgilbar, visit both Maclean and Arrawarra, stop in at Lismore, Red Rock, Little Italy and Byron Bay, and even find the time to see the Tucki Tucki Bora rings. Exhausting – but awesome.

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