An interview with Protege artist Mark Tweedie has been featured in issue 28 of Vault Magazine. Writer Jane O’Sullivan’s article discusses Tweedie’s studio process and focus on themes connected to memory, nostalgia and personal experience. The artist also delves into his recent achievements being awarded Highly Commended for his haunting work, A dream like this is hard to wake from #2 in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize and presenting his online solo exhibition I remember you at Jan Murphy Gallery earlier this year.
Image credit: Mark Tweedie Hip hip hooray 2019 oil on canvas 31.0 x 31.0 cm
____________14.11.19 Adam Lester and Claudia Greathead in Last Seen project
Adam Lester and Claudia Greathead have created paintings for Last Seen, an initiative of the Queensland Eye Institute which partners contemporary artists with a visually impaired person, to depict their last dearly-held memory before their sight deteriorated.
The exhibition of the paintings can be seen at QPAC from 5pm on Friday 15 November 2019.
Adam Lester Oscar’s day at the beach 2019 oil and acrylic on canvas 100.0 x 200.0 cm
____________15.11.19 Nicolette Johnson in Vault Magazine
Newly represented artist, Nicolette Johnson, has been featured in Issue 28 of Vault Magazine.
Writer Alexia Petsinis delves into the artist’s sources of inspiration and experimental ceramics- based practice. Commenting on her vessels, the artist describes them as “ intricately embellished to the point where they become almost unusable…In my newest work, the vessel is completely enclosed, trapping the void within.”
Image credit: Nicolette Johnson Particle Vase 2019 Stoneware vessel, black glaze, manganese oxide wash, steel-reinforced epoxy 59.0 x 27.0 x 27.0 cm
____________06.11.19 Ben Quilty in ABC documentary
Ben Quilty’s major survey show, Quilty, commences the last leg of its tour this week opening at the Art Gallery of New South Wales this Saturday 9 November.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
9 November – 2 February
Furthermore, Ben Quilty is also featured in a new ABC documentary Quilty – Painting the Shadows which will be aired Tuesday, 19 November. Directed by Catherine Hunter, the documentary explores in-depth the artist’s journey and evolving creative practice. The film also documents the most recent shift in Quilty’s art which is a growing interest in our national history and the dark corners of our past.
Image credit: (1) ‘Quilty – Painting the Shadows’. Courtesy of Catherine Hunter and the ABC.
____________05.11.19 Victoria Reichelt in the R & M McGivern Prize
Congratulations to Victoria Reichelt who has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 R & M McGivern Prize with her work, Plastic Horror 2. Held every three years, the R & M McGivern Prize is a painting award that invites artists to respond to a theme. The 2019 theme is ‘Anthropocene’, which describes an era proposed by scientists that dates from the commencement of significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems. As described by the artist, Reichelt’s Plastic Horror 2 features “..a mountain of plastic cups, the work highlights the omnipresence of these destructive objects, which seem to multiply before our eyes.”
The winner of the $25,000 R & M McGivern Prize will be announced 28 November.
R & M McGivern Prize
Artspace at Realm &
Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery
23 November 2019 – 1 February 2020
Image credit: Victoria Reichelt Plastic Horror 2 2018 oil on linen 42.0 x 42.0 cm
____________05.11.19 Gerwyn Davies at RMIT Gallery
Gerwyn Davies will have his work Bed, featured in upcoming group exhibition Pleasure at RMIT Gallery. Curated by Julian Goddard, Helen Rayment and Evelyn Tsitas, this exhibition presents the work of more than 35 artists and explores how artists and designers have used the body as a provocative, personal and political canvas.
29 November – 7 March
RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
Image credit: Gerwyn Davies Bed 2018 archival inkjet print 65.0 x 90.0 cm
____________05.11.19 William Mackinnon on the cover of Good Weekend
William Mackinnon’s work has been featured on the cover of Good Weekend Magazine in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Recently featured at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, William Mackinnon’s From the acorn to the oak was selected as the cover image of the annual ’52 Weekends Away’ edition. The painting was inspired by a visit William and his partner made to Sydney’s Rose Seidler House, designed by the late architect Harry Seidler for his mother.
As described by the artist, “The painting sits somewhere between nostalgia for a country we no longer call home and the fantasy of a place we might one day design and live in.”
Image credit: William Mackinnon From the acorn to the oak 2019 acrylic, oil and automotive enamel on linen 193.0 x 163.0 cm
____________16.10.19 Robert Malherbe in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
Congratulations to Robert Malherbe who has been announced as a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2019 with his work Tiatia. Malherbe’s entry in the prize is a portrait of fellow artist Angela Tiatia.
Facilitated by the Moran Arts Foundation, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious prizes with a major award of $150,000. The winner will be announced 30 October.
The Doug Moran Portrait Prize 2019
31 October – 1 December
Juniper Hall, Paddington
Image credit: Robert Malherbe Tiatia 2019 oil on linen 97.0 x 122.0 cm
____________04.10.19 Monica Rohan at the Museum of Brisbane
Monica Rohan currently has her work Easton Pearson presented in new exhibition New Woman, at the Museum of Brisbane. Featuring work by more than 80 artists, New Woman aims to recognise and celebrate some of Brisbane’s most significant, trailblazing women artists.
13 September – 15 March
Museum of Brisbane
Image credit: Monica Rohan Easton Pearson 2016 oil on board 122.0 x 90.0 cm
____________28.09.19 Robert Malherbe in the Paddington Art Prize
Congratulations to Robert Malherbe who has been announced as a finalist in the 2019 Paddington Art Prize with his work Across the Lake. Malherbe has had a busy year presenting his work in multiple prizes including the 2019 Wynne Prize as well his solo show, Painted from Life, at Jan Murphy Gallery.
The Paddington Art Prize is a national acquisitive art prize for painting inspired by the Australian landscape. The winner of the $30,000 award will be announced at the opening night on 17 October.
The Paddington Art Prize
17 October – 27 October
Menzies Art Brands
Image credit: Robert Malherbe Across the Lake 2019 oil on linen 76.5 x 66.5 cm