Archive for April 2011

…I love it when the Local Team does well.

Great to see  Coalcliff artist  (and friend) Pauline Denney selected as a finalist for this years Sulman Prize. Her work is the beautiful “Norfolk Cows”.







More of Pauline’s work  (and that of her jeweller husband, Roy ) can be seen at her Gallery space at Coalcliff, PD Gallery and Roy Jewellery.

…and we all need inspiration sometimes.

Caught a lovely interview on the ABC  with  Australian artist Guy Warren.  Still working at  90 years of age ! Thanks Guy…you’ve inspired me to keep going.  Guy Warren talking with Scott Bevan on ABC TV

Guy has a solo exhibition of watercolours coming up in May at Rex Irwin Art Dealer in Woollahra.


Ai Weiwei detained…

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been detained by the Chinese government since April 3. His family and loved ones have been given no information about his whereabouts or his condition.

An article in the Sydney Morning Herald gives more information.  I see in the Guardian that now his lawyer and a designer who works with him have also disappeared.

You can sign a petition through here.

See the Youtube clip of his installation piece  Sunflower Seeds here.

Ben Quilty and Margaret Olley nail the Archibald…

Congrats, Ben Quilty on what looks to me like a well – deserved win of this year’s Archibald Prize with his portrait of Art Dame Margaret Olley. It looks like a very honest, unapologetic image – and Olley comes across precisely like that herself.  I’m looking forward to seeing it in the flesh.

John McDonald gives some commentary here. Of course Olley is in the unique position of having been the subject for two Archibald- winning paintings. The first was 6o years ago, by William Dobell.















Inspiration from a Northern Beaches girl….

Wendy Sharpe, that is.  She and I share the year of our birth, as well as our Northern Beaches origins. I saw her major retrospective show at SH Ervin gallery today – what a knockout.

This woman is so inspirational…she simply never stops drawing; observing; painting…


Self portrait as Diana of Erskineville



Jonathon Hayde show at Soho Gallery

Saw a great solo show today at Soho Galleries – new work by Jonathon Hayde, a QLD artist who is having his first Sydney solo show.

Bold abstract pieces, some with ‘silver leaf’ inclusions. Flavour of primitivism about them. I  enjoyed those with a limited palette best.