CATTITUDES – MORE PROOF THAT WE ARE A BENEFIT IN THE ARTISTIC PROCESS – 5 APRIL 17

Today I am kindly moving over to showcase another cat from another studio. (Who says cats are only a bunch of only instinct and self interest!). I am doing this because Kristine has just found out that 2 of her students took out the 1st and 2nd Art Prize at the Sydney Royal Easter Show yesterday. She is beaming. Not because they won so much, but because others recognised how much effort each student dedicated to creating the pieces. Abira Harvey took out a 1st Prize and Matthew Dardis took out the 2nd in their age category. Kristine has been … Continue reading

CATTITUDES – BEING AN OUTLIER – 1 MAR 2017

This week I am helping Kristine with her new works for a group show called ‘Outliers’. She is working with 3 other artitst Melony Smirniotis, Peter Porteous and Tony Hooke on a show that will be on in July at the Watch House in Balmain. They decided that it would be good to act like the Australian Impressionists and paint on cigar box lids. Kristine says this sounded like a great idea in the beginning but she is no handy man and that taking the labels off the boxes was way too hard for a person like herself who fails … Continue reading

CATTITUDES – FIRST IMPRESSIONS FOR THE YEAR – 1 FEB 2017

I am back. Kristine and I are back in the studio making fresh new pieces! I was informed that Fiji was fantastic and that there was some other cat masquerading as me over there too! I am sure they were no substitute. What would they know about art anyway? So here I am working hard at doing research for Kristines next group show. The Cigar Box Show is a group show, inspired by the Australian Impressionists and their love for the Australian landscape, fleeting colour and light. Artists Tom Roberts, Charles Conder, Arthur Streeton and Fred McCubbin where considered leaders … Continue reading

TATE NUDES COME TO SYDNEY

Don’t miss the AGNSW latest blockbuster show ‘Nudes from the TATE’. Expecting the usual suspects I was joyfully surprised to discover some gems and artists unfamiliar to me. The showstopper is Rodin’s almighty sculpture ‘The Kiss’ set in a dark room so you can take full advantage of every carved angle. The sculptures have all been artistically lighted and from the very first step into the show Thornycroft’s ‘Teucer’ stares you down with his slender physique and defiant focus, while his shadows illustrate his inner thoughts…the struggling athelete and the inner demons that crouch above his head. There are a … Continue reading

Quote for the Week

Last weekend I was lucky to visit ‘The Other Art Fair’. A highly promoted event backed by Saatchi Art, this was held in what we now call a ‘inner city grunge industrial’ warehouse. The lucky 100 artists selected from 500 stood at their booths selling their wares. As I looked around I was just impressed how much effort they had all gone to. There is so many elements that go into presenting yourself as an artist that have nothing to do with why you do art in the first place. Apart from the $1500-$2800 outlay to just have a booth (for only 3 … Continue reading