My interview with artist Richard Bell was posted on The Art Life a few months ago but as Richard Bell’s new exhibition “Imagining Victory” is now showing at Artspace in Sydney (until 11 August) I thought I’d repost the link for the full interview in case you missed it.
In 2011 Australian artist Ben Quilty was commissioned by The Australian War Memorial to travel to Afghanistan as the official war artist. Quilty spent a month in Afghanistan with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to record the experiences of defence personnel involved with Operation Slipper. His latest exhibition Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan opens on 20 February at the National Art School in Sydney – where Quilty will be exhibiting 21 studio paintings, and 16 works on paper sketched during his time in Afghanistan.
Sharne Wolff spoke to him about art & war, his recent appointment as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW, and more…read the full interview at The Art Life.
Victoria Reichelt is a young Queensland painter and a member of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council. I recently had a chat to Victoria in her Queensland studio…
“The first book painting I did was a painting of a lone book on a canvas, and then I made works with a few books on a white background, and then I started to paint whole bookshelves, portraits of people through their bookshelves, books flying through the air, piles of books & magazines, and now I am painting the interiors of public library spaces. It started as a focus on individual objects (and their histories and narratives) but it has really taken some very different paths that have lead me to the big library interiors…”
Read the full interview: ‘Victoria Reichelt |Objects in Danger’ at The Art Life.
[Image courtesy Victoria Reichelt and Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne].
I recently received an email about a new exhibition for Sydney painter George Raftopoulos. I knew George hadn’t had a Gallery show for a couple of years so I’d been thinking about speaking to him for The Art Life when he popped up for a online chat one evening last week. Read what happened in our interview on The Art Life.
[Image used with the permission of the artist and Art Equity, Sydney.]
To coincide with Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival, this week I’ve interviewed artist (and Sydney Morning Herald photographer) Tamara Dean who is currently exhibiting her show ‘Only Human‘ at Tim Olsen Gallery in Sydney:
“I am [also] interested in the relationship between humans and nature, or more specifically the Australian bush. How we interact and engage with the natural world and with each other…”