I am Not an Anarchist – Rant

banksy throwing flowers

Since starting up Art News Blog again I have been called an anarchist, irreverent, a misogynist, an ass, various obscenities, and probably a few other names that I just cant recall right now. I used to keep a folder of hate email that I received from all kinds of colorful people but I ended up deleting it as I thought the energy of keeping the emails was attracting more of it.. or it was encouraging me to write more offensive things so I could continue to add to my collection lol. But to be honest, I don’t know where all the hostility comes from! I could be kidding myself, but I thought I was a reasonably nice guy.. admittedly with a low tolerance for bullshit, but generally kind and considerate. Continue Reading

The Blake Prize Finalists for 2013

toothed vagina

The finalists for the 62nd Blake Prize in Australia have been announced. It’s supposed to be a prize that explores religious and spiritual ideas in art but it’s probably more about who can be the most shocking and vulgar. Being the shit stirrers that a lot of artists are, it’s a great opportunity to share vaginas with teeth, boys masturbating each other and a whole bunch of other wanking good fun with a wider audience. Continue Reading

Art and Spirituality

Brian from MyArtSpace has asked some interesting questions on his Spiritual Side of Art post..

“Has a specific work of art touched your soul? Can you recall a specific work of art that helped your through a difficult time or defined a time of joy for you? I know that some people suggest that there is no longer room for the spiritual in the art of today– do you agree? Or would you say that the spiritual aspects of art surround us just as they did in other periods of time? In your opinion, why does visual art have this power– why do viewers establish these personal connections?” My ArtSpaceContinue Reading

Missing in Inaction

Sorry about the lack of posts lately. I would like to say that I have been busy in the studio or working on something really big and exciting, but I have just had a lazy week. The busiest I got was when I drove into Newcastle on Tuesday (about 20 minutes drive) and stared at the ocean for a while (see pic).

There’s something about the ocean that seems to recharge my batteries. Particularly when there is a storm happening; when it makes you feel small and insignificant, but it also seems to share its power with you. I don’t think I could ever live much more than half an hour away from the water.Continue Reading