Monthly Archives: April 2011

Homage to El Greco Sebastian (never felt a wound)

Just been informed that this work has been included in the 2011 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award exhibition. The selection panel was Antonia Syme, Executive Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Anthony Camm, Director of Ararat Regional Gallery and Dianne Mangan, Director … Continue reading

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symbiotic

Achievement, self portrait and cyclist ideal. Representation in the visual arts is a symbiotic act. The viewer remarks on the existentialist regard of the sitter. Here the artist’s self-portrait is locked into a relationship of the imagination with a media … Continue reading

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rainbow frog

  Rainbow Frog, 2011. 16 cms H X 14.5 cms W. Woven tapestry, cotton warp, wool, cotton, synthetic wefts. An assignment to dispell the romantic nexus of environmental subject and formalist treatment. Polyester threads mimic the wet look of frog’s … Continue reading

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hibiscus

Hibiscus, 1981. Woven tapestry, 35 cms H X 50 cms W.  A lovely friend I knew in the 1980’s, David used to say: Art people want you to make art neatly, but you should make it ROUGHER. He was a … Continue reading

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designing narrative

AntonVeenstraTextiles on April 7, 2011 Edit Christopher Heathcote, artist, cultural critic and art historian, writing about modernism, declared that a realist pictorial image had become impossible to construct after Paul Cezanne’s work. We use vignettes, quotes, appropriations or homages, fragments … Continue reading

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visions ampersand revisions

The Powerhouse Museum in the 1980’s hosted a Tourism Australia competition based on decorating a billycan. Yes, only slightly less reprehensible than glorifying the Medicis’ latest bloody exploits. So, a career of incidents & accidents. Someone out there, hopefully not a total philistine, who knows … Continue reading

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Ubud garden

My dad, whose dad died when he was 5 years old, his mom when he was 13, was raised by a cousin in an orphanage. To escape this, he joined the Dutch army and was sent to Indonesia to make … Continue reading

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