Sunday, October 24, 2010

In A Word

I received a gift from an American artist, David Buckingham, in this morning's mail.
Secured within a custom-made wooden box were six large, colourful letters – cut from scrap metal David had come across in the southern California desert – forming a word derived from one of my blog posts. Late last year, I'd written of a well-known Sydney art dealer who, soon after I refused his offer of sole representation, sent me a puerile, petulant SMS that read, simply, "You're such a wanker".
In the hand-written note that accompanied this imaginative gift, David mentioned that 'wanker' was his favourite Australian insult. Wanking is pretty much Australia's favourite past-time, too. Cleverly, David had co-opted the humour (and irony) of the word and turned it into art, a much-needed reminder that art doesn't have to be a humourless wank.
Thank you, David.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Welcome (Back) To The Grindhouse

I returned to blogging a week ago when I realised that the freedoms in other social media were not quite as I perceived them. Not that I've had a lot of time for it. I've been dividing my time between two new studios, one in which I am working on a number of large enamel paintings, the other littered with new works in acrylic or watercolour on paper.
I am currently consigning a dozen works in various media a week to collectors. In addition, I am taking delivery of works from collectors who have asked me to inspect, clean or touch-up works ahead of them being sold. I've had to take a day out a week just to manage the logistics of inbound and outbound freight, a role far from any idea I had of what being a successful artist might be like.
At least I have a couple of intriguing new commissions. One involves a dozen or more watercolours to illustrate an album by a well-known indie singer/songwriter – to be delivered before the end of next month. Every couple of nights, usually after a 12-hour shift in the studio, I stay up late to exchange emails or phone calls with her (or, if she's performing, her assistant) about the notes or sketches I've sent.
It makes a discomforting change from my usual slow, solitary, self-centred way of working but it does press me to be even more productive.
Above: My Dooney-pink notebook with colour swatches, painting schedule, and product colour chart laid out on a counter at a local paint store.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bids From Attention

Since my video interview with Michael Short appeared online in Melbourne’s The Age newspaper’s, The Zone, last month, followed by a ‘hard copy’ profile of me in the same newspaper (and several others around Australia), an unusually large number of my works have turned up in the Australian secondary market.
Art Nomad
, an Australian online art gallery "specialising in notable works by selected prominent, collectable, contemporary Australian artists", is offering seven high gloss enamel on canvas paintings of various ages for sale, including one of my favorites, Big Pin-Up: Miss July, 200cms x 101cms. Miss July is the most recent in a series conceived in late 2009 and begun only this year.
Two more works, Cowpoke: Resized For Commercial Consumption, from 2008, in high gloss enamel on canvas, 61cms x 46cms, and Career Babe: The Scout Leader, from 2001, also in high gloss enamel but on custom-made board, 100cms x 151cms, are to be auctioned at Lawson–Menzies in Sydney on Tuesday, 16th November at 6.30pm. The works can be viewed at Menzies Art Brands' gallery at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington, NSW, from Wednesday, 10th to Tuesday, 16th November, from 10am to 5pm. The pre-sale estimate for Cowpoke is $A6,000 to $A8,000; for The Scout Leader, $A12,000 to $A15,000.
Finally, Pearl: Soul Eternally Lost, Soul Eternally Saved, from 1998, in high gloss enamel on canvas, 105cm x 147.5cm, s going under the hammer, this time at Menzies Art Brands in Melbourne, on 15th December. First bought by a former boyfriend, the musician (and Regurgitator singer and bassist), Ben Ely, the pre-sale estimate is $A9,000 to $A12,000.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Banned

It was only a matter of time before Facebook suspended my account. The sexual content of many of my paintings and photographs is proscribed by the social network's middle-America-friendly 'Terms of Use' and I have been careless about reproducing it in my recent posts.
This afternoon, a photograph of a female model and I embracing, naked, on a motel bed, proved too provocative to the site's administrators. Both my personal page and a fan page were 'suspended' – Facebook-speak for censored – without warning. Neither are likely to be restored.
To mark this ban, I've decided to offer the emphatically NSFW photograph (
above, intended as a reference for a watercolour I am painting) as a limited edition. Titled Banned, with an image size of 4" x 2.66" on 6" x 4" matt paper, just 750 of the signed, individually numbered prints will be available and will be priced at $US/$A 20.00 each, including postage. Payment will be accepted only by PayPal.
For further information or to order, please email my studio, noting your name and address.
Incidentally, a new Facebook page created to promote my studio's activities has been activated and is already reconnecting with many of the 3,000-plus friends of my previous, now inaccessible Facebook presence.