recent exhibited work......

New Public Art Project

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Last post

Please enjoy this blog as an archive of my work until 2013

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

asia pacific triennial 2013

Sheila Makhijani 2012

A highlight for me at the APT are a small group of abstract paintings by Sheila Makhijani. Like everything else in the exhibition, these are very polished. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Walter Robinson

Walter Robinson, Dresses & Wedge Sandals, 2012

On Sharon Butler's site 'Two Coats of Paint', Water Robinson gets the quote of the day, 12th December

"I just can't get into the radical masquerade that the art world is. That's why I paint like I do. I'm not pretending to be some kind of avant-garde. I'm not trying to be inventive. I'm just making images. Like a sign painter. Anyway that's the idea."

Friday, December 07, 2012

Sunday, July 08, 2012

making an image

I am working on a new mural project. The conditions of the people paying for the mural impose a specific aesthetic which I can't help moving away from. These drawings are moving in the wrong direction however I think they are interesting. They make me wonder about the reason for making an image.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Zen Takashi 1

Acrylic on canvas 900 x 600mm

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

recent paintings

The Underpass 1200 x 1800

Jimmy's on the Mall 1200 x 1800

While these paintings seem abstract they are both painted with a specific representational image projected onto them. My aim is to extend the conversation on what we consider to be abstract and what we classify as representation in a painting.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Hungary Jacks Painting

This painting has become know to me as 'The Hungary Jacks Painting'. It was in my last exhibition but i never got around to photographing it. 

The painting comes from a photo taken at the top of the Queen Street Mall in brisbane outside Hungary Jacks.

The relationship between photography and painting has a history of exploring ideas of how representation and perception are created. The attitude and ideas implied through this relationship pose some interesting questions, i.e. what does a photograph represent and how does this representation exist with a painting? What happens during this process of change? How is the finished work linked to and removed from the moment in time, which it was originally taken from?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Help Japan

On line Auction starts on Friday to raise money for the thousands of people who are effected by recent events in Japan. There is some really good work, and talk about cheap!

This painting of mine is on offer. Painted from a picture during a wonderful day drinking beer under cherry blossoms with Mr. Ohnishi

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

4 of the best painters....

Daniel Richter

Daniel Richter disrupts the flow of painting language. There is an unexpected twist at the end of all the parts within the painting. The colour is bright, the faces are painted in a na├»ve manner and the narrative (although unknown) is powerful and aggressive. There are so many decisions which do not make sense. Some parts are ‘dashed off’ and others have been given attention. There is for me a real sense of the representational information coming out of the paintings surface as though pushing through the abstract gesture, pushing through the flatness and the void of information. This painting is not only discussing the way abstraction can relate to representation but also the decision making process of the artist, why are the choices made, are they random or are they meticulously considered. Daniel Richter uses the provisional technique of pulling the paint back from the viewer as if to say ‘ I can tell you have almost worked this painting out, so I am going to change it a little, then a little more’ until you cannot draw a definitive narrative and you cannot resolve the intention. There is also a shying away from grandness for what seems like willingness or a need to take chances and risk what Rubinstein calls the ‘collapse’ of the painting.
This painting is about ‘painting’, there is an image and there is gestural abstraction but the role of these techniques is to bring the viewer into the space that makes a contemporary painted surface. There is no gimmick or concept, the painting exists through engagement with the process of making and shines as an example of how we try to explain what painting can be.
Frank Stella once suggested, the hardest thing about painting  is to find out how to make a painting and for me, artists like Daniel Richter and Peter Doig show how easy and how difficult that can be. 

Luc Tuymans

Peter Doig

Jeff Wall

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Haven't posted for a while because i have not been painting. My thesis is due and its taking up all my time. I did, however finish stage one of a mural at Milton Train station (with the help of Emma, Kenji, Kerrith, Anthony, Guido and Fintan).
Stage two will commence in mid September, so also getting ready for that.
More info and images are on the Milton Blog

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Brisbane blog have done a write up on Activity
This is Kenji and Emma engaging in some of the activity involved in setting up the exhibition

‘Everything you look at, any object or image, has been thought about, selected and been subject to huge activity.'Pierre Huyghe 2001