Fredrik Vaerslev

Painting by Fredrik Vaerslev
Painting by Fredrik Vaerslev
Painting by Fredrik Vaerslev
Fredrik Vaerslev, born in1979 and from Norway is making paintings influenced by what I term 'found marks'. Those random markings and scuffs found on building sites and just generally scattered on walls and walkways in any city. To see more work visit here


Nevine Mahmoud

Painted sphere by Nevine Mahmoud

Yesterday I was musing that I haven't seen anyone paint a sphere, a circle yes, many times but not a sphere. Today by happenstance I found one - though it is not installed on a wall which could be worth exploring. Nevine Mahmoud is a young artist exhibiting recently in Los Angeles doing interesting work across several media including painting, sculpture and photography. See more here


Melinda Harper

Opening crowd at Heide Museum of Modern Art

Small experimental collage work by Melinda Harper

Striped painting by Melinda Harper

Small tapestries by Melinda Harper

Bush winter night, Heide, Melbourne

I was fortunate to attend the opening of 'Colour Sensation' a survey of works by Melinda Harper, June 27 - October 25 at Heide Museum of Modern Art. I found myself drawn to her works in the side rooms including a room of early small paintings from the 1980s-90s and another containing a wall assemblage of small abstract tapestries. The main gallery contains the large scale colourful geometric abstractions that she is known for. For more information read here


Brett McMahon

Brett McMahon studio interior.

Brett McMahon, selected works

Distillation : The art of Brett McMahon, Newcastle Art Gallery, June 13 - August 30. Looks like a great show. Congratulations to the artist. To read more click here

Lucky am I to have the catalogue kindly sent to me by Anthony T O'Carroll.

Cover image: Brett McMahon, After nature series, 2013.


Winter Victoria

Shed, Central Victoria

It's winter in Victoria. This shed was stacked with summer produce...


Donald Judd

Installation in Marfa,Texas

To me the shadows cast in this work read like gates and a water tank on stilts. Beautiful contrast between the open field, tracks and the geometry of the structures and shadows.


Contemporary Bark Painting

Djirrirra Wunungmurra, Yukuwa, 2011, natural pigments on bark.

Nonggirrnga Marawili, Yathikpa, 2013, natural pigments on bark.

Nonggirrnga Marawili, Yathikpa, 2013, natural pigments on bark.

Fantastic to see these contemporary interpretations of traditional bark painting at the Art Gallery of New South Wales recently. Djirrirra Wunungmurra, born 1968, Arnhem region, Yukuwa 2011 is a depiction of yam tendrils and feathered flowers. Nonggirrnga Marawili, born c1939, Arnhem region, Yathikpa, 2013, is a contemporary depiction of fire.


Lorraine Connelly-Northey

Small bags at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Dilly bags at the Asia Pacific Triennial 7 at GOMA, Queensland 2012

I always enjoy seeing the work of Lorraine Connelly-Northey both recently at Federation Square NGV, Melbourne and at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney. I am still very happy I have in my possession a small tin and feather bag I purchased in 2005. Connelly-Northey is of Indigenous and Irish descent and her work is often made from salvaged materials including weathered scrap metal.


Pop to Popism

Claes Oldenburg, Giant soft fan – ghost version, 1967, soft sculpture.

Jeff Koons, Vase of Flowers, 1988, Mirror, 2/3, 184.2 x 134.6 x 2.5 cm.

It was good to see Pop to Popism at the Art Gallery of NSW. The curation of combining international artists with Australian artists of the 1960s and looking at later influences in the Popism section worked for me. Early work by David Hockney and Richard Hamilton is always great to see. It was also wonderful to see a Wayne Thiebaud for the first time. However the two works that stayed with me from the show were Claes Oldenburg's fantastic floppy electric fan complete with plug! And Jeff Koons, Vase of Flowers, 1988.

Pop to Popism is on at the Art Gallery of NSW until March 1.


Caroline Achaintre

Netzer, 2012, Ceramic, 30 x 19 cm.

Efes, 2012, ceramic

Camouflage Nose, 2007, textile.

Born in France in 1969 and educated in Germany, Caroline Achaintre now resides in London where her work is currently on display at the Tate Britain. Her work evokes early modernism including German Expressionism and 'Primitivism' while also discussing the tension between painting, drawing and object asking such pertinent questions as can a sculpture speak of painting. The answer is yes if you know the language of painting. The works above are my selection, and are not entirely indicative of her work as many are coloured textile works. You can read more about this artist at Saatchi's website here.