Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Hope, 2018, pigmented drawing ink and gouache on Khadi paper, 21 x 15 cm (unframed)

To those who have told me how much they are looking forward to BACKSTORIES, my forthcoming solo show at Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, a sincere thank you. 

I’m looking forward to it too, only now it will happen a little later than originally planned. For the well-being of all concerned, the exhibition, which was due to run from 15 April - 2 May, will be rescheduled for a happier, healthier time that is still to be determined. 

Meanwhile, pictured top is one of my newly framed works that wait in readiness. Its title is Hope

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

Keep safe, everyone.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Putting it together on Sondheim’s 90th

‘...The art of making art
Is putting it together...
Bit by bit,
Putting it together...
Piece by piece -
Only way to make a work of art.
Every moment makes a contribution,
Every little detail plays a part.
Having just a vision's no solution,
Everything depends on execution:
Putting it together-
That's what counts...’
Putting it Together (excerpt) from Sunday in the Park with George, 1984, music and lyrics by Stephen SondheimHappy 90th birthday, Mr. Sondheim. 🎂

Pictured above: Stephen Sondheim
Pictured top: Sunday, acrylic on linen, 40.5 x 30.5 cm (progress view)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Travelling Light

Pictured above: my survival strategy for these troubled times: Travelling Light (1996, linocut, 30 x 30 cm. Collections: Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, Vic., National Gallery of Australia, ACT., Art Gallery of Ballarat, Vic and others).

It's been many years since I've set eyes on this print. Recently I came upon it whilst going through the archive of my work at the Australian Print Workshop. On the far left are Dorothy Parker and Diva, our two much loved cats at the time this work was made.

Stay safe, everyone.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

APW George Collie Memorial Print Award recipient

With profound gratitude to the Australian Print Workshop, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been awarded the 2020 APW George Collie Memorial Print Award.

"The Australian Print Workshop has administered the APW George Collie Memorial Award on behalf of the Collie Print Trust since 2014. The Australian Print Workshop is delighted to have this opportunity to recognise important and lifelong contributions to fine art printmaking. The annual Award presentation is accompanied by an exhibition of the recipients’ work in the APW Gallery".

The 2020 George Collie Memorial Print Award exhibition will also honour the work of one of my printmaking muses, the late Barbara Hanrahana selection of whose works are HERE. I’m honoured to have my name linked with hers and distinguished past recipients Alun Leach-Jones and Kevin Lincoln (2019), Graham Fransella and Euan Heng (2018), Kitty Kantilla and John Wolseley (2017), Bea Maddock and Jennifer Marshall (2016), Grahame King and Jan Senbergs (2015) and Rick Amor and Noel Counihan (2014).

The George Collie Memorial Print Award exhibition opens ‪on Saturday ‪13 June 2020.

Image top: Mildred Pierce on St. Kilda Pier (1995, linocut, 65 x 46 cm. Collections: Australian Print Workshop, Vic., National Gallery of Australia, ACT., Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Vic., Monash University, Vic.
 and others).

Sunday, March 8, 2020

International Women’s Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I give you St. Kilda Warrior, 1996, linocut, 61.2 x 45.3 cm, edition 15. (Australian National Gallery, ACT; Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne; City of Port Phillip, Vic. and other collections).

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Opening night of 20[2020]

Featured here are two captured moments from last night’s opening of 20[2020] at Tacit Galleries(See also my previous post). 

In photo 1 (top), I’m pictured with my painting New Horizon. (Photographer: Dmetri Kakmi, with artistic direction from Megan Backhouse). 

Photo 2, above, shows artist Jim Pavlidis (left) and model Leigh Hobbs (right) flanking Jim’s portrait of Leigh. (Note the portrait-within-a-portrait of the subject's immortal creation, Mr Chicken).

20[2020] concludes on 15 March.