ART MELBOURNE 2012
The studio is currently a hive of activity as I lay down the last brush strokes of my latest collection about to be on exhibition & available for purchase at Art Melbourne 24th - 27th May 2012.
Art Melbourne, Melbourne's Affordable Art Fair attracts over 14,000 visitors annually with the purpose of buying art. Featuring work that is both collectable and affordable, the show is one of the largest annual art fairs in Australia. The perfect place to soak up some amazing atmosphere with a full menu & wine bar, incredible original art & live music from the Jazz musicians of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
So, if you're in town, I'd love to see you there!
You can find me on START STAND 9!
my practice as a painter
My practice as a painter revolves in & around the expression of an honest, raw, beauty. Deeply inspired by nature I'm drawn to communicate the essence that thrives in the ever shifting momentum of light, seasons change, transitions, the idea that nothing is permanent but we can be lost forever in a single moment.
There's always a double edge, beauty cannot exist without having tasted something a little darker at some point & my work will always be about that depth of experience, not a superficial exposure of the pretty or the nice but an authentic expression of real experience & baring witness, depth & grit.
There always seems to be that thread & dance between the tangible, that essence of the earth & what grounds us & then also of the ethereal, an essence, a grand allusion, an inner connotation, a filter if you will from my external & internal rummagings that then extracts through into my work.
new pieces find a wall
There's a wonderful new space that has opened up in Sydney, the design hunter & it's a must visit.
A beautifully curated space by interiors afficionado Melissa Bonney, who commissioned four pieces by LISA MADIGAN that now adorn the walls & are available for purchase.
the design hunter
297 BRONTE ROAD . CHARING CROSS
t . 9369 3322
There's an inextricable link between the original coffee houses & creatives, artists whiling their days away, feeding from the buzz of caffeine & sipping on an exotic nectar, enticing the artistic rummagings of something special...
TOBY SMITH has played a major role for over a decade in shaping the burgeoning coffee community in Sydney, Australia & now even as far as New York City, opening in Brooklyn earlier this year. A master roaster at the helm of Toby’s Estate Coffee, an adventurer & an avid & distinguished pioneer for the humble, the revered & ever intoxicating coffee bean. A passionate & dedicated man & a joy to be around, so of course I would be painting him for the Archibald, the timing was finally right this year.
Many years ago I met Toby, filing into a leafy courtyard in Sydney one Sunday afternoon for the sensory journey of one of his coffee appreciation workshops. It was mind blowingly spectacular. I found that the Ethiopian Harrar held a certain allure & we connected on a mutual love of Rimbaud & lemon tarts. I then ritualistically crossed half of the city, rain hail or shine for the perfect cup when Toby opened in Woolloomooloo on a very regular basis.
That sense of adventure, of the exotic can so easily be lost in this time & place, but sitting in that courtyard, that day & every time since when I've tasted a Toby's Estate Coffee the world’s mysteries & adventures are palpable in each sip, whispering stories untold, like each canvas I approach is pregnant with possibility. There’s definitely a parallel between our worlds, a kindred connection, being transported by the bean & by the brush, venturing into the wild unknown in search of perfection & character & impression, to tell a story...
Toby is the bridge between this world & era's gone by of hedonistic adventure, spice trails & pomp, with pick me up. He’s a contemporary trader. His impeccable coffee connects us to the world at large, to ourselves & to each other & each experience is always totally unique. He has a hand firmly on the pulse of urban life & his heart & soul melds with the fields & mountains & people of exotic lands, the rich soils where he treads, forever drawn to those little red cherries & their stories, weaving them through his own.
From bean to cup, it's a pure process & life cycle, when you sip from your demitasse you're taking in the life story of the bean, from it's humble beginnings, it's country of origin, the journey it has been on, the roasters hand & those who have touched it along the way & ultimately adding to its inherent story by folding it into the fabric of your own. Just like when you absorb the glaze of a canvas, there is an entire life & narrative beneath the surface, & in the case of portraiture, it's the melding of two, artist & subject & I’ve been delighted to paint a man I truly admire & whom I also consider a friend.
Although we didn't make the final 41 out of 839 entries to hang in the AGNSW, the expression & connection people have experienced with the work thus far has been lovely & thank you all for you kind words & support.