Sam Fullbrook: ‘Delicate Beauty’ at Queensland Art Gallery

Last weekend I travelled to Brisbane to see the opening of a small survey of paintings by Australian artist Sam Fullbrook (1922 – 2004) at the Queensland Art Gallery.

This show of around 40 paintings and drawings wasn’t intended as a retrospective but rather a specific look at three areas of Fullbrook’s practice – landscape, portraits and the racetrack (a place Fullbrook seems to have spent quite a lot of time).

It’s a riotous explosion of colour in Gallery 14 at the QAG. If you’re interested in reading more about the show, you can find my full review and lots more images and links at The Guardian.

Below is one of Fullbrook’s well-known portraits, Brisbane writer Ernestine Hill.

The exhibition runs until 10 August 2014.

 

FULLBROOK, Sam Australia b.1922 d.2004 Ernestine Hill 1970 Oil on canvas 96.8 x 76.3cm Acc. 1:1193 Gift of the artist 1972
FULLBROOK, Sam Australia b.1922 d.2004 Ernestine Hill 1970 Oil on canvas 96.8 x 76.3cm Acc. 1:1193 Gift of the artist 1972
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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.

The Art of the #Selfie

At the University of Queensland Art Museum, the latest incarnation of the National Artists Self-Portrait Prize: remix.post.connect is now underway. It begs the question,  the internet is “the portrait gallery of the 21st century” why do we need artists?

Read my full post for Guardian Australia.

 

Victoria Reichelt, 1981, 18 x 18cm (1 of 2 parts), 2013, oil on linen (Courtesy of Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne & Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane)
Victoria Reichelt, 1981, 18 x 18cm (1 of 2 parts), 2013, oil on linen (Courtesy of Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne & Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane)

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].

Everything I Want to be When I Grow Up…

“In 2010 Borland gathered together some props and rang a couple of friends to shoot the images for Smudge. She prepares beforehand although the dressing up and poses are playful and usually quite spontaneous. Although it’s not really evident from the photos, one of her subjects was her good friend, Nick Cave, who apparently doesn’t like to have his photo taken. Borland told him she was interested in his shape and angular features and not his celebrity, or his face…”

Read the full review of photographer Polly Borland’s exhibition Everything I Want to be When I Grow Up at The Art Life.

Polly Borland, Untitled (Nick cave in a blue wig) 2010, type C photograph
210 x 160 cm approx

[Image reproduced courtesy of the artist © Polly Borland and Murray White Room, Melbourne].

Art on the Heysen Trail…

The Heysen Trail is a long distance walking trail in South Australia. It runs for an incredible 1200 kilometres from the Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges to Cape Jervis on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. A couple of weeks ago I flew to Adelaide for the first time to walk part of the Heysen Trail with a group of friends. Although I shouldn’t admit it here it never occurred to me that the Heysen Trail had anything whatsoever to do with Hans Heysen (1877-1968), well-known South Australian colonial artist. It turned out this trip would immerse me in art…

Read the full story at The Art Life.

River red gums. Heysen Trail, South Australia

 

Antony Gormley’s ‘Inside Australia’

“If I look toward the horizon and squint I can make out human figures. First one, then another, like dead trees after a fire. Each of them stands in the misty beyond – dark, proud and very, very still…”

On a recent trip to Western Australia, we decided to venture a little further than Perth and head to Lake Ballard. Read the full story about our visit to Antony Gormley’s sculptural installation ‘Inside Australia’ at The Art Life

Antony Gormley ‘Inside Australia’

[Photo: Sharne Wolff].

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].

The Age of Aquarius? Kylie Banyard at Galerie pompom…

“…at Galerie pompom, artist and COFA final year PhD student Kylie Banyard is currently exhibiting her solo show ‘Dwelling’. Galerie pompom is a compact and friendly space. It already seems as if it’s already an important part of the neighbourhood with passers by popping in. As you may have already guessed from the title of the show, spaces (and places) are very important to Banyard whose PhD thesis ‘explores the convergence of two figurations of the outmoded within [her] practice-based research, namely, specific optical viewing devices and the alternative social model of the hippy/artist’s commune.’”

Read the rest of my review at The Art Life.

Kylie Banyard ‘So This is Freetown’ 2012 oil on linen, found kaleidoscope, steel, enamel paint, 60 x 76 cm, stand height: 150 cm

[Image courtesy the artist and Galerie Pompom, Sydney].