Archive for the Individual artist Tag

NoonanCrop

The ghosts of David Noonan

David Noonan is an Australian artist living and working in London who has developed a unique mode of working using the age-old technique of screen-printing. Popular in the ’70s as art form, screen-printing has almost disappeared from the contemporary art world, never really evolving from it’s industry past and commercial application. But Noonan has shaken out the cobwebs and given
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Sally wins!

This week the 2012 Portia Geach Memorial Prize was awarded to Sally Robinson. And to a magnificent portrait of her dying mother. Originally trained as a screen printer, Robinson constructs her paintings in layers of dots, dashes and squares using hand-made stencils and brush. Her paintings offer a bipartisan interpretation – on one hand they provide a simplified image, where essential information has been
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EVOL. Kernsanierung_2010_1000

EVOL and awesome things with cardboard

I wasn’t sure in which category to put this in. I was thinking it should be in ‘Must see’ but I am conscious that it’s only me who is off to Berlin in search of really good street art 🙂 while the rest of you get to live vicariously through web and screen! So I decided ‘Painting of the week’
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Labovitz, A. Spring. 2012

Treeness by Anne Labovitz

Here’s a painting for those of you who like your art abstract, or at least non-representational. This is one of the latest works by Anne Labovitz from her Treeness series. Labovitz has been working on this series for the past 2 years. She creates these deeply dimensioned works using actual fronds or leaves from trees and shrubs as brushes. By applying
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The Homer Simpson of AGNSW

While not normally a fan of the Simpsons, I stopped by AGNSW some weeks ago to view the new Kaldor collection and there I saw Homer. He was not, as you might suspect, a visitor muttering the well-known cliche ‘my six year old could paint that’, nor was he one of dozens of bus-bound seniors, devouring Sydney ‘cultcha’ en-mass before
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Troy Quinliven and his melting face

Troy Quinliven is a Sydney-based artist working out of the May Street Studios in St Peters. Into the black is a fantastic portrait I came across at Sheffer Gallery in Chippendale earlier this year. I’m so attracted to this face because of the palable emotion contained within the piece. Whether this work is a portrait or a generic ‘head study’
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Mr Capon’s favourite

During the week I read the article in the Sydney Magazine (Sydney Morning Herald) about the pending retirement of long-time Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Edmund Capon. I’m not a dedicated ‘Edmund fan’ in the same way as some are, so I read with vague ambivalence until I got to the question about which piece in the collection
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Facing the wall

Have a look at this piece I saw in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego last year. It’s by a Portuguese artist named Alexandre Farto aka, Vhils, and the exhibition was called Viva la Revolucion. I was struck by the intensity of this woman’s gaze despite having been jack-hammered into the wall, she stares clear eyed right out at
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