Edna Walling

'Appledore', Eaglemont

Edna Walling

Edna Walling garden 'Appledore', 1936, Eaglemont - one of the few gardens by Walling remaining in the suburb. Walling, a prolific horticulture writer, became one of Victoria's best known landscape artists incorporating local plants and stones into her irregular plantings. 
'Walling began her career in 1919 after graduating from Burnley Horticultural College. She sought to achieve a unity between house and garden, and was influenced by Italian and Spanish gardens in her use of pergolas, walls, steps and paths.' State Library of Victoria.

Napier Waller House

Napier Waller House, Fairy Hills, Ivanhoe.

Interior Napier Waller House

Studio - Mervyn Napier Waller

Art work by Mervyn Napier Waller.

This is Napier Waller House in Fairy Hills, Ivanhoe. The main house was designed and built in 1922 by pre-raphaelite inspired mural and mosaic artist Mervyn Napier Waller, 1893-1972. Waller completed significant murals for State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Town Hall and glass work for the Australian War Memorial. He also became senior art teacher at the then Working Men's College (RMIT University). The house and studio contents are preserved by the heritage council. External shots of the house and studio are used as Dr Blake's House in the TV series The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

Officer House

Officer House, Eaglemont

Yesterday's historic exploration. 'Officer House' 1903, designed by a leading Australian Arts and Crafts architect, Harold Desbrowe Annear. There are three significant properties commissioned by his father-in-law on The Eyrie and Outlook Drive, Eaglemont.

Who's Afraid of Colour

Nonggirrnga Marawilli, 'Lightning in the rock', 2015.

Raelene Kerinauia, Kayimwagakimi Jilamara, 2011.

Muntararr Rosie Williams, Yikartu Bumba, Yimiri, 2009.

Tali Tali Pompey, Para, 2009.

Treahna Hamm, Wollithica Woka (Tribal homelands around Echuca/Moamza), 2013.

Emily Kam Kngwarray, Awely x 6, 1993.

Who's Afraid of Colour, Ian Potter Centre, NGV until April 2017, brings together a group of Indigenous women artists from diverse backgrounds and working locations across Australia.

NGV Collection

Tony Tuckson and Elwyn Lynn paintings, Norma Redpath sculpture.

Hugh Ramsay, 'Portrait of an artist standing before easel' 1901-2.

Clarice Beckett, 'Beach Road after the rain (Street scene)' c1927.

Tom Roberts, 'Harpers Weekly, c1889.

Moments of the ordinary. A few favorites from the Ian Potter Centre for Australian Art.


'Ravenswood', 1891, Ivanhoe, is an example of 'Renaissance Revival' and was one of the last of the grand boom houses before the 1890s depression. It was acquired 'for the war' in 1945 and then became a nursing home. Now in private hands (1988) the interior has been restored to its original condition, engaging a master painter who worked on the Werribee Mansion.

W. B. McInnes

I decided to research a nearby house I've long been fascinated by. I found the property has no real estate sales history on line. On Google I found a footnote in a book by Anne Sommers, 'The Lost Mother: A Story of Art and Love', 2010. The book itself is a detective story into a portrait of Anne's mother by Constance Stokes. The house I have discovered was the home of William Beckwith McInnes, 1889-1939, and his artist wife, Violet Muriel Musgrave. McInnes was a portrait painter who won the Archibald seven times, exhibited at the London Royal Academy and succeeded Frederick McCubbin as head of drawing at the National Gallery School. Later McInnes became head of painting at the school after Bernard Hall's death. He was also a landscape painter who frequently painted his local area of Lucerne in Alphington. He lived with Violet here from 1915. The photo is a real estate shot and does the house no justice. It's a magical sloping garden with impeccable detail and the house is set to the back of the property near the Yarra River.

Anne Summers PhD AO, is a leading feminist writer and journalist who has a connection with the following owners of the house who were Russian art collectors of Constance Stokes. 

A real estate photo of the house

An Archibald winning painting by McInnes 1923

A Lucerne 'urban' landscape with Kew Asylum in the background


8-26 February, 2017
312 Johnston St, Abbotsford

T J Bateson, Soft White Iteration, linocut, 77 x 233 cm.

Louise Bylton, Flayed Anew I, II, III, silkscreen on linen, 21 x 31 cm.

Malini Maunsell, monoprints, size varies.

Diana Orinda Burns, Line Formations #2, collagraph, 76 x 116 cm

Jodi Heffernan, Coastal Edge, silk screen with printed Tulle 30 x 30 cm (image).

Standing room only at the Editions opening last night at Tacit

Curated by Keith Lawrence, 'Editions' at Tacit Contemporary Art, Melbourne, is an annual exhibition now in its fifth year. The show celebrates the work of over forty Victorian based printmakers. The exhibition encompasses all the gallery spaces at Tacit and covers a broad spectrum of trends in printmaking. It's a diverse exhibition sure to please as works range from intimate figurative studies to large scale abstract works. The approaches to printmaking represent current technologies in silk screen, lino cut, etching, monoprints and colographs. The surfaces printed upon often stretch the traditions of printmaking including various papers, materials and even linen. The framing was also experimental with many works forgoing the traditional mount and glass frames.

Roadie Punk Paintings

Billy Gruner, New Work for a Failed System, no’s 8-12, 2017,
Gold Gesso and Acrylic on Wood, 28 x 35 cm x 5 pieces.

Kyle Jenkins, Celare Monochrome Series #9-13, 2017, 
each work acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm.

Roadie Punk Paintings
February 1 – 18

Billy Gruner and Kyle Jenkins have worked together since their PhD days and were invited to launch the new project space at Five Walls, a Melbourne gallery committed to reductive art. Symbolically the very first exhibition at Five Walls was also by Jenkins and Gruner.

Gruner refers to his own works and that of his long-time collaborator Jenkins, as Post-Formalist in this 21st Century. Both artists acknowledge a legacy to the Punk and Conceptual Art movements of the 1970s in the exhibition notes. The text goes on to state the seventies was a time of great social unrest and ‘upheaval’ against an established austere conservativism. The London Garbage Strikes under Thatcherism and the later Brixton Riots being two examples.

The materials, ‘sacred’ colour, and use of an articulated architectural line by Gruner in ‘New Work for a Failed System’ reference Gothic icon painting. Celare is Latin for ‘hide’ or ‘to conceal’ and Jenkins', Romanesque ‘Celare Monochrome Series’ refutes definition. Together the works and gallery text suggest a discontent with the current seemingly return to right-wing conservatism. A darkness, perhaps a medieval one as Gruner alludes to, is falling as century old traditions of methods and research post-Renaissance are challenged including the authenticity of science and journalism. ‘The System is Failing’ not only for global culture but for contemporary discourse in abstraction post-20th Century.

The references to pre-Renaissance painting are fitting methodologies for both artists. Historically, many of the Modernist abstractionists including Rothko, researched medieval art as a pathway to Abstraction.

Individually Gruner and Jenkins have shown extensively throughout the world and founded artist project spaces including SNO (Sydney Non Objective) Art. They have also curated and locally collaborated with like minded artists in Europe producing touring group shows of Australian art including ‘Australia – Contemporary Non Objective Art’ held at GKG in Bonn, 2008.

Thanks to Billy Gruner for editing assistance.

William Ferguson

Desert Night Memory, acrylic on paper, 40 x 57 cm.

Tribal Warrior, acrylic on board, 60 x 52 cm.

William Ferguson at work

William Ferguson b.1933 'My Dream Time and Spirit of Place' solo exhibition at Quadrant Gallery, Melbourne to July 23. Visit the full exhibition catalogue here. William has always stayed true to his vision of abstraction and has had a long and successful career exhibiting nationally and internationally. He was also a very influential and inspirational senior lecturer at RMIT University.