John Olsen: The King Sun Documentary

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John Olsen is like our art grandfather in Australia. At 86 he keeps on keeping on, producing art and enjoying all the pleasures that life brings with it. In a film directed by Tony Williams to document a new mural 6 meters by 8 meters (20 x 26 ft) in size we see Olsen’s body looking a little rickety but his mind and spirit is as youthful and cheeky as ever. The giant 8 panel mural is his second largest artwork ever, with only his Sydney Opera House mural “Salute to Five Bells” being larger. Continue Reading

Ten Excuses for not Posting Lately

People are really good at making excuses and I’m no exception. I try not to accept my excuses though as they’re usually pathetic, just like all of your excuses for not getting off your butt and doing what you really should be doing now.

Here’s my pathetic excuses for not posting lately..Continue Reading

Travel Photos

Yes, it’s an art blog and doesn’t have much to do with travel, but such is life. I have been ping ponging all over the place lately but I keep forgetting to take my camera with me. I managed to take a few snaps though.

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In a hotel in Canberra I had this trippy ceiling that didn’t let my eye rest. I think as an artist you just let an image take you where it wants to go, but this wallpaper on my ceiling just made me dizzy.Continue Reading

John Brack in Melbourne

Two things that I have quickly noticed about the city of Melbourne is their love for AFL (Australian Football League) and their love for Melbourne artists. I passed thousands of supporters dressed in brown and yellow everything yesterday, so I’m glad I wasn’t wearing the colors of the opposing team. It’s not just guys that are fanatical about the sport, everyone seems to be. If I hang around Melbourne for much longer I might even go to a game to see what they’re all so excited about.Continue Reading

Hazel Dooney in Melbourne with Porno

Hazel Dooney is showing in Melbourne at the Mars gallery with a photography exhibition called PORNO. This will be her first photography exhibition, but it won’t be the first time she has created controversy with her sexually charged works. Her “Sex Tourist” watercolors caused a stir at the Art Melbourne art fair last year when a sponsor of the event tried to have her work censored.Continue Reading

Auction House Christie’s Closes in Australia

Christie’s in Sydney and Melbourne will be closing up shop after it’s last auction on April 10. The international auction house has had an Australian arm since 1969, and has returned a profit for the past 11 years, but that isn’t enough to keep Christies Australia open.
The two other major art auction houses in Australia (Deutscher-Menzies and Sotheby’s) will probably see this as great news.Continue Reading

Edvard Munch in Melbourne – Australia

The famous Scream painting won’t be coming to Melbourne, but a hand-colored lithograph of the Scream will be on display. The Frieze of Life will show more than 80 Munch works that include paintings, watercolors, drawings and prints. It’ll show that the famous Norwegian artist is more than just his one iconic Scream painting.Continue Reading