My work takes me to many places and my family is spread around the globe. To cope with this, I maintain two studio spaces. One in country Victoria and one in Bangkok. I will post updates from either of these studios, depending on where I am at the time!
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
I am continuing with my experimental drawings with a view to a 3 dimensional sculptural piece made up of two dimensional planes. The red and green colour squares are to show how each two dimensional plane might interact with the other. You can see, in the first image, how the two planes could overlap. The individual drawings are … Read More
I am still working towards resolving the various challenges with this complex sculpture idea. I have finished the sculpture drawings, and have located a technician in Bangkok where I live, who is coming to see me tomorrow to work out how we can made a CAD file. I can then bring that CAD file to Shepparton Australia where … Read More
After a colossal year which saw me realise my ideas for 3 dimensional form in an exhibition at Gallery H. I have squeezed in several trips abroad including a recent voyage to Burma. It has been a busy year and I am now back in the studio, working quietly, on something small. … Read More
I am very excited to have an exhibition at the famous Eat Me restaurant in Bangkok. Here are some installation shots. This exhibition runs November to January 2018.
A few weeks back in Australia has given me inspiration. The Australian landscape is truly unique and thrills me each time I am in its presence. On this trip back to oz, I spent a lot of time looking at trees, and this will feed into my work when I return to my Bankok studio. The last image … Read More
The exhibition at Gallery H, Bankok runs until October. I have visited it each time and whenever I go I am still excited to see the sculptural piece and how it constantly changes within the space. The sculpture is suspended from the ceiling which allows it to move, and the subtle shifts in light and the slow movement … Read More
At last, the exhibition has opened! A great opening night with loads of people. Many expats as well as some serious Bangkok collectors. Everyone seems happy. The exhibition runs until August 27th so if you find yourself in Bangkok, please drop in. H Gallery, Bangkok, 201 Sathorn Soi, 12, Bangkok, 10500. Open daily except Tuesdays. 10 am to … Read More
The sculpture is on track to be delivered to the Gallery H on Saturday ready for installation and the opening which is June 28th. Paintings have left the studio also I am thrilled about this exhibition at Gallery H. It’s a wonderful space and H has been terrific to work with. This was taken in my studio when I … Read More
March and April have mostly been taken up with working on this large painting. It was a pleasure working on a large scale again. This level of detail allows me to really lose myself in the painting and the journey of these lines. This is the last painting I will complete in preparation for my exhibition at H … Read More
The laser cut sculpture is in progress and I am now fine-tuning matters of material thickness and the width of the lines. How many lines and how much negative space can I have without compromising the physical intergrity of the piece. My intention is for it to be strong and fairly rigid, so the steel plate from which … Read More
I have been working on the prototype for my metal sculpture. The way this object behaves fascinates me. My drawings, as you might know, are quite dense, and by removing the perceived background and leaving just this layer of lines is very exciting. I am intrigued by the prospect of my drawing morphing into a totally different object with … Read More
This is the beginning of the sculpture project. This is very new for me, working out how to make a sculpture using laser technology to produce the final piece. It has taken several months of trial and error and I have learned much in the process. This is the beginning. Scrupulously cut out from card to get a … Read More
I spent almost all of September travelling in Europe, mainly in England and Spain. In London I visited the Tate Modern and Serpentine Galleries. At the Serpentine Pavilion this beautiful construction by Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels was amazing. This is a massive sculpture in the courtyard of the Nouvel Building at the Reina Sofia Madrid. Intriguing, it held … Read More
The last 2 months have been about planning a new series of work, a lot to think about. below Dark Night
In June i managed to spend some time in rural Victoria. it was good to experience a winter in Australia after the unrelenting heat of Bangkok. Beautiful landscape and soft winter light.
May has been a month of working on drawings and preparation for the next series of paintings. Below is a section drawing of the above drawing… … Read More
I have been travelling through Spain again. I could not resist taking this photo of a window in a very old stone building near Girona . This red building in Barcelona is so Spanish, it is a hotel which is near … Read More
I spent most of March repainting the background of Perinone, the mauve colour was too light, it was worth making it a dark chocolate brown, the space in the painting works much better now. The photos for March are of No 1 the painting Perinone 167.5x76cm in the studio between the first and second coats of paint for … Read More
Spent part of January painting, and the latter part in Burma on a boat on the Irrawaddy. Beautiful river, beautiful soft winter’s light. Teak raft and the boat which will guide the raft … Read More
I am now back in my studio in Bangkok. Selecting the exact red for the background is still a work in progress. I am beginning a series of drawings. .. and looking at part of my new garden viewed from my studio. Why does everything take longer than I think it will? … Read More
October at my place in Victoria. Spring, after a winter with little rain, the country looks green but there is almost no water in the dam. The forecast for summer is grim, so the spring growth will be short lived. Still it is always good to be back in such beautiful country. The first flowers on … Read More
September has been a month of travel in Europe, mainly in Spain, where, as always, I found some wonderful art. In Barcelona I discovered this sculpture in a Plaza near the old quarter. The lightness and the scale of the sculpture in relation to plaza was breathtaking. The Reina Sofia in Madrid was the great … Read More
August has resulted in two new works. One is a study and one is a painting. This new painting pictured below is titled Perinone,176 x 67cm oil on linen. This was a slow painting! This work on paper Untitled will develop into the next painting. Image below is a close up of the work on paper Untitled. … Read More
This is “Perinone” (167.5 x 76 cm). This painting has been slower than usual, dark purple is not an easy colour to apply! Only a week to finishing, then into more drawings.
In my country Victoria studio. These paintings take a long time to nut out. I start out with detailed preparatory drawings before marking up the canvas with pencil. My paintings are all hand painted. I do not mask sections. The straight lines are painted by hand without mechanical assistance.