Studio blog Nov 2020

Back in the studio and I am continuing my experiments converting drawing to sculpture. The first attempt taught me a lot about what not to do, and what might work! and more drawings. I very much enjoy this aspect of my studio practice. Below is a full scale section of a possible sculpture, still adjusting as it is still … Read More

Exhibition: Lightworks at ANU Drill Hall Gallery

2 October – 29 November 2020 Charles Nodrum has been invited to curate an exhibition at the Drill Hall Gallery including the work of Lesley Dumbrell, Trevor Vickers, Richard Dunn and Virginia Coventry. ANU Drill Hall GalleryKingsley Street, Acton, ACT 2601Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm Tel: 61255832   E:   Web: When two colours or two tones are juxtaposed, they evoke a … Read More

Studio blog Mar 2020

I arrived back in Bangkok on 2nd Dec. in my studio was a large canvas 110×240 cm with a drawing on it ready to be painted.   Little did I know at the time that this painting would take four months to finish.    I certainly learnt a lot about the chameleon-like nature of turquoise and its complex relationship with … Read More

Studio blog Feb 2020

A section of the painting, still a work in progress, the background is a kind of Phthalo turquoise however the blue lines need a second coat.  It’s going to take a few more weeks!  

Studio blog Jan 2020

The search goes on, trying to make a painting with blue lines and green background became an obsession. Lots of small paintings that kept getting painted over!

Studio blog Dec 2019

The drawing for this painting came easily but the decision about about making a painting with only 2 colours, one colour for the background and one colour for the lines became a search that went on for a couple of months!It became a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack.

The Tram is back

Melbourne’s painted trams have returned to the tracks for the Melbourne International Arts Festival. I am delighted to announce that my 1986 tram has been recreated in 2019. Watch this video for a peek at how it happened.

ABC interview: Artists behind Melbourne’s trams

Melbourne trams are no longer just yellow and green. Artists have painted murals on trams as part of the Melbourne International Art Festival. Lesley Dumbrell was one of the first people to put a paintbrush to the side of a tram in 1986. She joins artist Nyein Aung to discuss painting murals in bland places like the side … Read More

Exhibition: Art Gallery NSW “Light and colour, moving”

This display draws on the key examples of art from the National Gallery collection from 1916 to the present. It considers the early work of the Sydney painter, Grace Cossington Smith, whose self-portrait erodes the solid image in favour of fragmented blues and pinks. The display includes the ‘pure’ abstract paintings of Grace Crowley, in which planes of … Read More

Exhibition at QAGOMA 25 May 2019 – 2 Feb 2020

Geometries Geometries’ brings together works that dazzle the eyes with colour and form. Using deceptively simple strategies — structuring relationships between the most elementary components of shape, scale and relative sequencing, for the most part described in pure, flat and vibrant colours — the artists behind these arrangements excel in creating mesmerising optical effects. Contemporary in their lively … Read More

Travel blog July 2019

Returning to Bangkok at the end of June, I was lucky to join a group for a few days up in northern Thailand visiting Hill Tribe schools one of which was up in the high country in a remote village surrounded by thick Forrest. On returning to Bangkok, I have spent most of this month, playing with green … Read More

Art Gallery of NSW acquires Solstice

I am delighted that the Art Gallery of NSW has recently acquired a painting from my Melbourne gallery, Charles Nodrum Gallery. It is currently hung alongside several other Lesley Dumbrell paintings which are already held in the AGNSW collection. The exhibition is called “Light and Colour, Moving”. (See my next news post regarding that exhibition.)

Exhibition blog June 2019

I returned briefly to Bangkok to start working out the colours for a 110 x 240 cm painting which has been sitting on my easel patiently waiting for more than a year! But I am back in Australia by mid June to attend the opening at Geelong Gallery of the Moon Exhibition which includes one of my paintings. … Read More

Studio blog April/May 2019

5 weeks over April/ May I spent much of my time enjoying being back in my studio in Australia, sorting out my stockroom and working on a full scale sculpture drawing.  Crucially, I also spent time working with Adam Tremellen at JMAR Engineering in Shepparton, to make a small, to-scale section of the red and green sculptures (see … Read More

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