Saturday, May 28, 2022

Geelong Grammar School Residency: Week 1

Pictured in these views is the spacious, light filled artist-in-residence studio at Geelong Grammar School soon after I’d finished setting it up, with much appreciated advice and assistance from Rupert the technician and department head, Peter Bajer.

The intention was to demonstrate the technical and thematic trajectory of my work over the past 40 or so years through a selection of paintings, relief prints, experimental digital prints and book art. A range of lino blocks, proofs and working drawings are also on show. The two earliest works, a still life and self-portrait, both made in 1982 during my first year at art school, are displayed on easels. 

On the table easel by the far window (see following two views) are my three most recent paintings, still in progress, but now very near completion.

The wooden table directly opposite the painting station (see below) is my printmaking table. Not shown in this view is another work in progress, a small linocut intended for a group show in 2023, now drawn up and ready to begin carving. 

It has been a busy but immensely productive week, filled with work and lively conversations with students, teachers and visitors. The first of my two weeks long residency has flown by. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be here.