Saturday, January 30, 2010

JADA at Latrobe Regional Gallery

Image credit: John Philippides, Portrait 2, 2008. Lead point on paper.

Worth a look at if you are in town, or visit Latrobe Gallery here.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Quote of the week

‘Beauty is vanishing from our world because we live as though it did not matter; and we live that way because we have lost the habit of sacrifice and are striving always to avoid it. The false art of our time, mired in kitsch and desecration, is one sign of this.’

Roger Scruton

Friday, January 15, 2010

Recent Charcoal Drawings

Some of my recent drawings with the human figure in charcoal on toned paper.

This one is still unfinished.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Amazing artist with such strong imagery. His oils are fabulous too.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Used Papermaking and Bookbinding Equipment and Books for Sale

Tibetan Pour Mould and Deckle $25

Hand paddle beaters - wood - A pair for $30

Finishing Press (As new)
$AU 70

Sewing frame with cord and tape keys for book binding. (Never Used)
$AU 100

80 Litre capacity 'Mark Lander' style Hollander Beater with motor
$AU 800

Paper and Book Binding Studio Clearance Sale
All prices exclude delivery/postage costs from Victoria and are in Australian Dollars.

Monday, January 4, 2010


This is a snippet from an article that Graydon Parrish just posted on his FB.


I have concentrated on architecture since it provides such a clear illustration of the social, environmental, and economic costs of ignoring beauty. But there is another cost, too, and it is one that we witness in individual lives as well as in the community. This is the aesthetic cost. People need beauty. They need the sense of being at home in their world, and being in communication with other souls. In so many areas of modern life—in pop music, in television and cinema, in language and literature—beauty is being displaced by raucous and attention-grabbing clichés. We are being torn out of ourselves by the loud and insolent gestures of people who want to seize our attention but to give nothing in return for it. Although this is not the place to argue the point it should perhaps be said that this loss of beauty, and contempt for the pursuit of it, is one step on the way to a new form of human life, in which taking replaces giving, and vague lusts replace real loves.'

Roger Scruton is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a writer, philosopher, and public commentator, and has written widely on aesthetics, as well as political and cultural issues.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Ron Mueck at the NGV in January

Sculptures by Ron Mueck soon to be showing at the NGV from January 22, 2010.
Text from NGV Catalogue.......
Mueck’s sculptures are some of the most widely acclaimed, prominent and identifiable works in the international contemporary art arena. Often naked and suspended in states of self-consciousness, introspection or deep contemplation, his figures present both emotional and physical states of exposure. As viewers we experience a level of unease that is borne of a voyeuristic awkwardness, as though we have invaded some kind of personal space. However, we also identify with the human condition these poignant moments express. Astounding in their apparent realism and compelling in their ability to invite interaction Ron Mueck’s works have earned him a singular place as the creator of some of the most evocative sculptures of our time. This is the most comprehensive exhibition of work by the Australian-born, London-based artist to have been presented in the southern hemisphere. It includes four new works by Mueck in addition to some of his major, recognised works including the iconic Dead Dad 1996/97.

Now showing at the NGV

2009 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award Winning sculpture by Ah Xian

Great exhibition on until February 7th.