Michael Zavros: ‘Charmer’. The Interview.

Queensland artist Michael Zavros has a new exhibition ‘Charmer’ at Philip Bacon Gallery in Brisbane. Michael was kind enough to speak to me about his new show and lots more…

“SW. You’ve been described as “an aesthete [who] …paints beautiful things beautifully”. Is beauty the (only) subject of your art? Why are these objects not simply decorative?

MZ. The beauty of things does not preclude their intellect or content, for me anyway. I do think it is interesting that beauty is still a pejorative term in contemporary art.”

Read the full interview on The Art Life.

Michael Zavros 'Charmer/Gucci' 2013 oil on canvas 75 x 55cm. Courtesy the artist.
Michael Zavros ‘Charmer/Gucci’ 2013 oil on canvas 75 x 55cm. Courtesy the artist.

An Interview with Richard Bell…

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.

Richard Bell, Scratch an Aussie, 2008 (Video still). Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Richard Bell, Scratch an Aussie, 2008 (Video still). Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.


‘After Afghanistan’: An interview with Ben Quilty.

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.

Ben Quilty 'Troy Park After Afghanistan' Oil on linen 190x140cm 2012
Ben Quilty ‘Troy Park After Afghanistan’ Oil on linen 190x140cm 2012

[Image courtesy Ben Quilty, artist].

Interview with Victoria Reichelt: Objects in Danger.

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].

George Raftopoulos on the joy of painting (vs. going to the dentist).

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.

George Raftopoulos ‘The Dentist’ 2012 Oil on canvas. 120 x 180cm

[Image used with the permission of the artist and Art Equity, Sydney.]

An Interview with Tamara Dean…

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…”

Read the full interview at The Art Life.

'Upstream' 2011. Tamara Dean. Photographic print on archival cotton rag.

[Image courtesy the artist, Tim Olsen Gallery and James Makin Gallery].


What’s new in art for 2012? Australian commercial galleries respond…

Australian commercial galleries will slowly return from their long summer hiatus over the next week or two. What are we going to see this year, and how positive are they about what lies ahead? 

We tracked down a few gallerists to ask three short questions about their plans…read the full story on ‘The Art Life’.


Danie Mellor, 'The Reality of Myth (in the presence of History)' Pastel, pencil & wash with glitter & Swarovski crystal on Saunders Waterford paper 192 x 145 cm

[Image courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid Art]

Lionel Bawden’s ‘Pattern Spill’ exhibition in Melbourne.

500,000 pencils and counting…

Artist and sculptor Lionel Bawden has a new exhibition at Karen Woodbury Gallery in Melbourne. I recently had a chat with him for The Art Life.

Lionel Bawden, Pattern Spill II, 2011, coloured Staedtler pencils, epoxy, incralac on perspex shelf, form: 24.0 x 32.0 x 25.5 cm, shelf: 7.5 x 30.0 x 60.0 cm Photo: Craig Bender

Alexander Seton’s new exhibition: ‘Flags’

One of Australia’s most promising young sculptors, Alex Seton, opened his new show ‘Flags’ at Sullivan + Strumpf in Sydney this week. Read my interview with Alex Seton.


Brick Pile Monument Series: Blood Sweat and Tears 2011 Bianco marble, Queensland Pearl marble, steel rod, lighting, 220 x 120 x 120cm


[Image courtesy Sullivan + Strumpf and photographer Per Ericson].