Thursday, October 20, 2016

LINOCUT for artists & designers

As an unexpected bonus, the package from Nick Morley also contained a wonderful hand-made bookplate and card

Linocut for artists & designers by Margate-based artist and illustrator Nick Morley was published in the United Kingdom in June, 2016. It includes a two-page spread on my work. Recently I received my very own copy (pictured above and below in the Ballarat studio). Thank you so much, Nick Morley (AKA Linocut Boy). It's by far the most comprehensive book on the subject I've ever encountered. As regular visitors to this blog will be aware, I've had numerous technical problems printing linocuts of late, to the extent that at one stage I seriously considered abandoning the medium altogether. There are still several printmaking projects I've committed to, however, so realistically it doesn't look like that is going to happen any time soon. The arrival of this book is therefore timely; it will be an invaluable reference, which I expect to turn to on a regular basis.

The chapter on my linocuts. I'm one of eight international artists to be represented in the book.

For selected page views of Linocut for artists & designers, go HERE.

To purchase a copy of the book, visit:

To see examples Nick Morley's work, go to: 

Thursday, October 6, 2016


I'm delighted to have had three of my works curated into CREATURES, the exhibition officially opening next Sunday at Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop. Judging by the lineup of artists, it should be a terrific show. 

Exhibiting artists: Kaitlin Beckett, Aileen Brown, Michelle Joy Caithness, Paul Compton, Deborah Klein, Leonie Connellan, Tony Convey, Gordon Craig, Philip Davey, Jole Di Florio, Silvi Glattauer, Rona Green, Callum Jackson, Julie Mia Holmes, Ying Huang, Hyun Ju Kim, Damon Kowarsky, Olivia Mazzone, Graeme Peebles, Catherine Pilgrim, Geoffrey Ricardo, John Ryrie, Lisa Sewards, Spook, Susan Wald, Emilie Walsh, Andrew Weatherill, Deborah Williams, Joel Wolter, and Tin Wong.

Official Opening: Sunday, 9 October, at 3pm

The exhibition runs from October 5 - 31

Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop 
81 Hesse Street 
Queenscliff 3225 

Phone: 03 5258 4927

Gallery hours: 10 - 5 daily. (Closed on Tuesday)

My own contributions to CREATURES, three linocuts from the Winged Women series, are directly below:

Blue Tiger Winged Woman, 2010, linocut, 34 x 34 cm. Ed 30 

Great Eggfly Winged Woman, 2010, linocut, 34 x 34 cm. Ed. 30

Macleay's Swallowtail Winged Woman, 2010, linocut, 34 x 34 cm. Ed. 30

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


The modestly scaled solo show, PRINTS 1987 - 2016, which has just finished its run at Tacit Contemporary Art (see previous post) was a prelude to a larger, more extensive exhibition scheduled for 29 November - 17 December next year. Spanning four of Tacit's gallery spaces, it will focus on thirty years of my printmaking practice. The gallery has already produced these Keep the Date flyers.

Left - right: Keith Lawrence and Shane Jones showing off the newly printed Keep the Date flyers
prior to the opening of PRINTS 1987 - 2016

Something for your 2017 diaries

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

PRINTS 1987 - 2016: Installation views

PRINTS 1987 - 2016, my solo show at Tacit Contemporary Art, closed on Sunday afternoon, October 2. Thanks to the curator, TJ Bateson, Tacit's director, Keith Lawrence and all who came during the show's run, it was a fantastic experience. It was heartening to learn that the show's penultimate day, which coincided with the AFL Grand Final (to the initiated, an Australian Rules football match on which most inhabitants of the State of Victoria appear to be fixated, and which even rates a public holiday) was one of the gallery's busiest! 

The following installation views were taken by Tim Gresham. Click on individual images for a clearer view.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016 Royal Melbourne Show

I was honoured to be the printmaking judge at this year's Royal Melbourne Show. On judging day, September 9, I was thrilled to discover an old friend, Oenone Oxlade (pictured with me above, right) was one of the stewards.

The prints made by primary and secondary students were a particular delight. It was also a pleasure to meet other members of the dedicated team at Art, Craft and Cookery who work so tirelessly behind the scenes. 

Monday's visit to the Show, my first in many years, was an absolute treat, as was hanging out with Shane Jones, Gracia Haby, Louise Jennison and catching up with Jill Kellett, Vicki Fowler, Kerry Fowler and Art, Craft and Cookery Coordinator, Ramona Barry. 

Pictured with some of the marvellous children's prints. Photo credit: Shane Jones.

Primary and secondary students printmaking section, 2016 RMS (Detail 1)

Primary and secondary students printmaking section, 2016 RMS (Detail 2)

Here are some more visual highlights of our wonderful day at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show, starting with the Art, Craft and Cookery section...

...followed by the cats section...

Left: Jill Kellett and far right: respected cat judge, Dr Kerry Fowler

Above and directly below: Gracia Haby, Louise Jennison with newfound feline friend

Dr Kerry Fowler (right) gave a fascinating talk. Here she extols the virtues of Summer, a bicolour Ragdoll cat

Left-right, foreground: Louise Dennison, Jill Kellett and Vicki Fowler

...and some random animal views:

The sign above this magnificent beast reads: 'I weigh 1050 kg. I am 22 months old and very friendly'. And so he was.

Thank you to Louise Dennison for introducing us to the thrills of motocross:

As old friends and longtime visitors to this blog will be aware, I grew up near Luna Park in St. Kilda, which fostered a lifelong fascination with sideshows and fun fairs:

The following view was taken from our Ghost Train carriage (thus the ominous presence of the spider and skeletal hand). Shane and I have the Skyflyer ride earmarked for next year. Roll on, RMS 2017!

Friday, September 16, 2016

PRINTS 1987 - 2016: Opening Night

Thank you so very much to everyone who came to the opening night of PRINTS 1987 - 2016 at Tacit Contemporary Art, including those who travelled long distances in less than perfect weather! It was a wonderful turnout and the presence of so many friends, both old and new, made my evening complete. 

Huge thanks also to curator TJ Bateson and Keith Lawrence, director of Tacit Contemporary Art, for making this show possible.

For those who couldn't make it, and don't live in another state, territory or country, all is not lost. The exhibition continues until 2 October. Full details are in my previous post.

L - R: Shane Jones, Tim Gresham, Julie Keating myself and Louise Blyton

L - R, foreground: Beverley and Robert Clinch, Julia Boros and Tim Gresham. (Photo: Shane Jones).

Tess Baldessin, Angie Black, myself and Caroline Durre. (Photo credit: Shane Jones).

One of the Paparazzi caught at his own game! Second from left (with camera): Shane Jones.
Also in this shot: Tess Baldessin, Nora Sumberg, Peter Lancaster, Irene Wellm and far right, Bill Reid.
(Photo credit: Deborah Bradbury)

Shane Jones photographs an unseen Deborah Bradbury, as she photographs him. (Photo credit: Deborah Bradbury)

With Loris Button. (Photo credit: Deborah Bradbury)

With Lisa Sassella and Bill Reid. (Photo credit: Shane Jones). 

Bill Reid and Deborah Bradbury. Deborah owns a portrait of Bill, which my partner Shane painted in 1995 and which
was a finalist in the 1998 Doug Moran Portrait Prize. (Photo credit: Shane Jones).

Speaking of the Doug Moran, pictured above are two subjects of works that were recently selected for this
year's semi-finals. On the left is writer Lucy Sussex, the subject of Lucy by Trudi Canavan,
and Shane Jones, whose Self Portrait in a Blue Sweater has also made the first round of judging.
My works have appeared on the front covers of three of Lucy's books: She's Fantastical (1995, an anthology
she co-edited with Judith Buckrich) A Tour Guide in Utopia (2005)
and Matilda Told Such Dreadful LiesThe Essential Lucy Sussex (2011)

It was a very lively opening. Among the crowd in this photograph are Marguerite Brown, General Manager of the
Print Council of Australia, Peter Lancaster, Tess Baldessin, Loris Button, Heather Shimmen and Nora Sumberg.
Photo credit: Shane Jones

Left - right: Nora Sumberg, Irene Wellm and Louise Blyton. (Photo credit: Shane Jones).

With my partner, Shane Jones. The daphne I'm carrying was grown and presented to me by Nora Sumberg.
It's aroma was intoxicating. Nora was one of several artists present at the opening who are also talented
gardeners. Would that I could number myself among them! (Photo credit: Deborah Bradbury).