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I’m excited to announce that my painting ‘Sea Dogs’ has been selected
for inclusion in the $20,000 ANL Maritime Art Prize!
Recognised as Australia’s leading maritime art award highlighting excellence
in maritime and seafaring subjects in art. The exhibition represents traditional and
contemporary works focusing on “the relationship between humanity and the sea”
and assists in raising the profile of the 1.5 million merchant seafarers responsible
for transporting more than 90 per cent of world trade. For their safe and
efficient operations, ships depend on seafarers working far from home and family
for many months, sometimes years, often in harsh and dangerous conditions.
The winner will be announced on the opening night, 4 October.
Exhibition dates: 5-31 October 2012 at Mission to Seafarers
717 Flinders Street Docklands Melbourne 3008.
My painting sold on opening night! 

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My viewing wall (not an art gallery) but a street front window
where a selection of my very small paintings can be seen live at
95 Beattie Street in Balmain. 
see map
These little oil paintings on canvas, are all for sale and are only available directly
via this website (click here to enquire or call me on 0414 552 077).
The exhibition features paintings from the Very Small Paintings collection:
White Bay Power Station and the rooftops of Balmain, rotating every 2-3 months (or so).

Larger paintings can be purchased either from relevant art galleries or via
this website (each image is captioned with the details). Meanwhile…. I’m working
on larger White Bay paintings and a new harbourside and waterfront series.

 

 

For me, summer means the beach. Sparkling mornings, crystal clear water, a gentle salty breeze
and warm rock pools. Then there are those bright blues and greens of the water that you
only see in summer, just perfect. For January I have an exhibition of slightly larger beach paintings
in the window at 95 Beattie Street, Balmain. These little paintings are (20 x 20 cm) and are for sale.
Also worth a look:  I have a few larger beach paintings hanging in the Milk Factory Gallery
summer exhibition during January.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year, safe and happy holidays,
and a bright beginning
for a prosperous 2012

Balmain Art & Craft Show   I’m exhibiting two new White Bay Power Station paintings
in this year’s show. Now in its 16th year, the show has become a premier inner west
artistic and community event and brings together Australian and International artists
showcasing an extensive range of affordable and quality art from contemporary to traditional,
indigenous works to emerging artists to investment pieces. My paintings are entitled
Resignation and Patterns & Shadows (both pictured).
The Balmain Art & Craft Show, 5-6 November 2011
2 Eaton Street Balmain. Opening night:  4th November from 7.30pm
Exhibition times:  Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 10am-4pm

BAS Annual Art Exhibition
On the same weekend, and opening on the same night, is the BAS Annual Art Exhibition
at the Balmain Watch House nearby. I have included three coastal paintings for sale
in this exhibition, Walkabout (focusing on the spiritual connection between land and its people)
plus two seascapes.
The BAS Annual Art Exhibition, 5–6 November 2011
Balmain Watch House, 179 Darling Street Balmain. Opening night: 4th November from 6pm
Exhibition times: Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm

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Sometimes images of urban abandonment appeal to us for reasons we can’t explain.
I’m creating a series of larger paintings based on my observations of a crumbling
structure I like, and that marks one of
our last connections with Sydney’s
industrial harbourscape.
Its original purpose has long expired but White Bay power station once marked the gateway
to Balmain’s bustling industrial waterfront. It’s physical presence ensured it became a landmark,
a quality it still retains. White Bay is one of inner Sydney’s oldest and most significant
industrial sites, often wrongly referred to as Balmain Power Station (which was located at Iron Cove)
now replaced by apartments. Bordered by traffic-choked Victoria Road to the West, and the defunct
Rozelle rail yards, and the ports of  White Bay shore to the East, this power station remains the last
of five that once serviced the energy needs of Sydney. Abandoned since 1983, White Bay power station
stands silent in decay, wearing rusting corrugated iron and red brick, broken windows and
tufts of grass, while it waits to see what the future will bring.

I have been selected as a finalist for The Prometheus Visual Arts Prize.
Aftermath (63 x 63 cm) looks at the landscape when it’s been traumatized
by the extremes of fire and flood. A major juried art prize,
The Prometheus Visual Arts Award began in 2003 with the aim of promoting
the visual arts as anessential vehicle for human expression.
The Prometheus Foundation May 28–June 1
Highfield Drive, Merrimac Q 4226

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I have some paintings hanging in the Milk Factory Gallery Summer Show.
The exhibition is a mix of works from the gallery stockroom and some new work
by new artists. It includes paintings, etchings, limited edition prints, photography,
sculpture and glass. The exhibition runs until the end of February.
The Milk Factory Gallery and Exhibition Space
31 Station Street Bowral NSW

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I have been invited to participate in a group exhibition, Art by the Sea,
on the central coast. The exhibition includes various artworks by 20 local
and visiting artists. As a visiting artist I will show four new paintings.
So, if you are up that way, come and take a look.
Killcare Surf Life Saving Club, 81 Beach Drive Killcare, NSW
3–10 January 2011

I wish you all a happy and safe festive season and I look forward
to bringing you more art (and news) next year!

My painting Beach Cricket was sold this morning. Exciting news for me!

It’s really a compliment to know someone likes my work enough to display it on their wall.
This was the main reference image for the painting, taken on a holiday last September.
It was a great beach, big and open and late in the day it was so tranquil after the crowds
were gone and the late afternoon light gave me some lovely images. I needed more sand
space for the game though, so I spun things around as if I was standing more on the
waterline looking back (something drawing has over photography!).
Actually being somewhere, sketching, taking pictures and taking in the place where you
are makes a great start to re-creating the sense of atmosphere in a final work, as well
as having a good time!  The Cricket Art Prize exhibition continues at the SCG
until it goes to Queensland in November.