Sydney Photos and Heavy Art Books

Here’s a few holiday pics from my recent Sydney trip where I went to see PJ Harvey at the Sydney Opera House. I also saw a few exhibitions, but nothing that really dropped my jaw. My most exciting art moment was buying three art books (two Anselm Kiefer books and one Brett Whiteley book). The books were so big and heavy that I almost lost my arms while dragging them back to the hotel, but they were worth the struggle.. even if they did almost kill me.

I have always drawn more inspiration from art books, which is partly because Australia is so far from the art of Europe or America, but also because I can’t relax as much as I would like to at a busy exhibition in an art gallery.

This is a painting by the German artist Anselm Kiefer at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Anselm Kiefer Painting

Here’s a triptych by the American artist Cy Twombly, also at the Art Gallery of NSW. There’s also another Anselm Kiefer painting in the distance.
Cy Twombly Painting

This is the Sydney Opera House where I went and saw PJ Harvey in concert.
Sydney Opera House Building

A look back at Sydney city from the Opera House.
Sydney Cityscape

These are some paintings by the Sydney painter Ken Done at his own art gallery. I don’t think he is taken very seriously by the art establishment, whatever that is, but I have always liked his work. He does a lot of very commercial stuff which turns a lot of people off but I still like him. They’re just happy, colorful paintings that don’t have to be thought about.. which can be a good thing.
Ken Done Gallery

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. What did you think of cy twombly’s work? I still don’t know what to think of him!

  2. That was the only Cy Twombly painting at the art gallery Corrine.. and I think it’s a really nice painting.

    But in general, I love Twombly as much I dislike him. His sketchy, chicken scratch paintings don’t do much for me, but when he controls his painting, and gives it more order, I forget about his work that I don’t care for.

    I love expressionism and naive art, but I guess I like some kind of order too.. even if it’s an out of control order (if that makes


  3. yes it makes sense and I understand what you mean.

  4. I thought I posted a comment, but I guess it didn’t go through. Are you submitting the content of your posts to another blog? They claim I posted it (which I did not). google blog search Jafabrit’s art and it will be listed at the top by date as artlover.

  5. Yup it went through here.

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