Wednesday, June 6, 2018

THE EXQUISITE PALETTE SHOW 2018 - Tacit Galleries, 123a Gipps St, Collingwood, Melbourne - June 6 to July 7, 2018

I contributed a work for the first time to the Exquisite Palette show which has been put on by the St. Luke Artists Colourmen  for a number of years.  Each artist is given a wooden palette to use in any way they wish - "Embracing the symbol of the painter, artists contribute works using the timber studio palette in an exhibition of the exquisite and the bizarre".
For my work I crocheted a cover for the palette with a random selection of wool which had been previously used to tie together a large box sculpture.

The Exquisite Palette Show manifesto by St. Luke Artist Colourmen.
Back in 2007 Louise Blyton, David Coles and their wonderful staff at the time sat down for after work drinks. We got to thinking how great it was that as a very small business, run by artists, for artists in Melbourne could survive and thrive. We knew it was because of the great support of our customers and we knew we wanted to do something special for them to say thank you. But what?
Let’s put on a show! we all yelled.
…..but it has to be different….
...and fun...
What’s the most cliché, kitsch yet romantic object we could ask our customers to make into a artwork?
Yep, a artist’s palette!
Thus The Exquisite Palette Show was born.
The first Exquisite Palette show was strictly St. Luke customers and staff. We had 97 pallets arrive back to us and were blown away with the diversity and beauty of the works.
Due to the show’s popularity we then had it as a open to all artists policy.
It grew…and grew, with the last show having 300 artists participate.
The last three shows have been in our Collingwood store on Smith street. As St. Luke is turning 18 this year we decided to treat our artists and really show off their work by placing the show in a beautiful gallery.
Over the last four shows, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2018 we have exhibited palettes that have been crocheted, printed, burnt, waxed, painted, chopped, cast, embroidered and sculptured.
Palettes have been embellished with, bugs, nails, glitter, teeth, leaves, ashes, hair, buttons, feathers, lollies, rust, and model trees.
Each year we thought we had seen it all and each year shows more and more ways that these amazing artists could come up with their own individual take on what to do. We are delightfully surprised and sometimes breathless at the pure imagination of the talent out there.
This year we are very pleased to include, for the first time, international artists, pretty damn excited about that.

Installation view courtesy of Tacit Galleries and St.Luke Artists Colourmen

CLICK HERE for a link to the exhibitions facebook page and more images.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

SALON REALITES NOUVELLES 2017 - Parc de Floral, Paris, France - 15 to 22 October, 2017

For the 2017 Salon Realites Nouvelles in Paris I sent a cube sculpture "Cube Block Colour" consisting of 18 painted cardboard cubes tied together with yarn.
"Cube Block Colour", acrylic on cardboard with yarn, 52cm x 52cm x 38cm, 2017

Installation photo courtesy of Bogumila Strojna

Installation photo courtesy of Gilles Drouin

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

CORAMBA WALL - Me Healthy Living Workshop, Coramba - July to November, 2017

So we packed up and left Sydney in April to live in a small village in the hills west of Coffs Harbour called Glenreagh.  I met Sam who was running a wonderful little store in the next village of Coramba. The store sold bric-a-brac, local fruits and veges, coffees, cakes and much more.  Sam organised a "yarn bombing" of the streets trees and invited me to construct a work within a space that was used for a myriad of creative pursuits by local artisans.  I built a block wall at the end of the space and contributed various crocheted pieces for the yarn bombing.  
Coramba Wall, acrylic on cardboard with yarn, 277cm x 240cm x 18cm, 2017
Coramba Wall, acrylic on cardboard with yarn, 277cm x 240cm x 18cm, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

BLACK BOX - Faux Mouvement Centre d'Art Contemporain, Metz, France - July 6th to October 22nd, 2017

'Black Box' resulted from an open call to artists to create an exhibition of postcards.  It was organised by artist Arvid Boecker of Boeckercontemporary in Heidelberg, Germany; and was originally exhibited as part of the Çonstellations de Metz art festival at the Faux Mouvement, Centre d'art contemporain, Metz, France.

The exhibition involved 250 artists from 22 countries and 5 continents - Germany, Netherlands, Cyprus, Australia, Switzerland, Japan, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, UK, Mexico, USA, Ireland, Israel, Morocco, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Thailand, Finland, Turkey and Denmark.  The cards were exhibited in a display case and were changed every two weeks so that all cards would be seen.

I contributed the work "Art Is Theft" - gouache applied over a pre-existing postcard from 1996 - the front and back of the card can be seen below.

Here are a selection of the works displayed in the box, where the works on display would be re-arranged every 2 weeks.  (credit -

A photo from the install of the works at Faux Mouvement Centre dÁrt Contemporain, Metz.  For more images of the install go to -

CLICK HERE for a link to all the artists and all the works.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

ANNUAL GROUP SHOW 2017 - Factory 49, 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville - 18 to 27 May, 2017

Factory 49's 2017 Annual Group Show celebrated 12 years of exhibitions in the space and included the work of over 50 artists.  CLICK HERE for a copy of the Catalogue.
I contributed a gouache on paper work called "The Noblest Pleasure Is The Joy Of Understanding - Leonardo Da Vinci".
"The Noblest Pleasure Is The Joy Of Understanding - Leonardo Da Vinci",
gouache on paper, 42cm x 42cm, 2017

Sunday, October 16, 2016

SALON REALITES NOUVELLES 2016 - Parc de Floral, Paris, France - 16 to 23 October, 2016

My entry for the 2016 Realites Nouvelles exhibition was 'Circle Square Construction' - constructed from painted cardboardwith a cast aluminium 'Circle Square" for the petit work. 

Thank you to Bogumila Strojna for installing the work for me.
Installation photo by Roger Bensasson

'Circle Square Construction', cardboard and acrylic on timber, 90cm x 90cm

Installation photo by Yumiko Kimura Sato
'Circle Square Cast 2', cast aluminium, 18cm x 18cm

Thursday, October 13, 2016

SCULPTURES AT KILLALEA - Killalea State Park, October 13 - 16, 2016

The inaugural 'Sculptures at Killalea ' was held in the Killalea State Park on the NSW South Coast in October 2016.  I created a 'Round Wall' cardboard and wool sculpture for the 4 day event.  It was the first time that one of these works had been shown completely out doors.  On the first night there was a massive storm, but the work survived (albiet slightly wonky...).  Here is a VIDEO of the work (and I got on the cover of the local paper The Mercury).