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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Margaret Olley Art Centre – a very crowded house!

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by The Guardian Australia to write a preview on the soon-to-open Margaret Olley Art Centre. The Centre provides a home for the studio of the late Australian artist Margaret Olley (1923 – 2011) – a space that’s incredibly been recreated at Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah.

I also spoke to Australian artist, Ben Quilty, a friend of the late artist about her life in art. Read the full story in The Guardian.

The photograph below was taken of Margaret Olley’s original home in Paddington by another of her friends, Steven Alderton.

Steven Alderton, Early Morning at Margaret Olley's Home 2011 [digital print on archival paper 158.85cm x 67.5cm] Copyright: Steven Alderton
Steven Alderton, Early Morning at Margaret Olley’s Home 2011 [digital print on archival paper 158.85cm x 67.5cm] Copyright: Steven Alderton

Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties – a Review.

“Exotic Lies Sacred Ties, a 12-year survey of artist Danie Mellor’s practice at the University of Queensland Art Museum, deals with the ongoing legacies of colonialism. More charmer than pretender, Mellor’s art disarms the viewer with glamour and beauty while probing the flaws in our accepted view of history.”

Official opening Saturday 1 February. Read my full review for Guardian Australia.

Danie Mellor 'Piccaninny paradise' 2010 pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal and wash on Saunders Waterford paper 143.0 x 171.0 cm Private collection, Sydney
Danie Mellor ‘Piccaninny paradise’ 2010
pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal and wash on Saunders Waterford paper
143.0 x 171.0 cm
Private collection, Sydney

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.

‘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].

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].

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.]

Laith McGregor’s latest Sydney exhibition ‘Ohne Titel (Them Listless Folk from Apocryphal)’

According to critic and writer Andrew Frost, in his latest show artist Laith McGregor ‘ups the weirdness’ [Sydney Morning Herald 2 March ’12]. Read our full review of the exhibition ‘Ohne Titel (Them Listless Folk from Apocryphal)’ at Sullivan and Strumpf Fine Art (Sydney) at The Art Life.

Laith McGregor 'Drunken Boat' 2012 oil on linen 183 x 274.5cm

[Image courtesy Sullivan and Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney].

Marina Strocchi’s new exhibition ‘North and South’…

Marina Strocchi’s new exhibition ‘North and South’ is now on at Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane. The exhibition runs until 3 December.

Read my review here.

Marina Strocchi, Pictograph With Fish   2011, Acrylic on linen 122.5 x 183.0 cm.

[Courtesy Jan Murphy Gallery.]