Doug Wright

'Veil', recent water colour on paper, 24 x 37.5 cm.

Large recent painting...

'Near Newlyn' 2016, oil on linen 150 x 150 cm.

'Cooling' 2010, encaustic on linen 117 x 92 cm.

Dough Wright.

Doug Wright, b 1944. Former lecturer in painting at the University of Ballarat. A colourist, I often think with a European palette. The work is landscape derived, the best examples having a 'presence' in person. His out put is varied at times but this represents a genuine enquiry into intuitive painting.
'I feel in my work that I struggle to find a correspondence with the world, to put yourself into the greater nature and to engender a sense of being able to empty and fill space. I set about loosing oneself in the process of painting and try to reach a heightened state in search of a different and somewhat profound insight.' Doug Wright, Australian artist.

Mount Eagle Subdivision

The location of Summit Park is where the Heidelberg School (impressionists) lived.
Chiefly Streeton, Roberts and Conder at the beginning.

Outlook Park

Open space off The Eyrie

Outlook Drive Reserve

Walter Burley Griffin and his partner Marion Mahony Griffin were two American Chicago based architects of the Prairie School. Both architects worked for Frank Loyd Wright for some years. Together, they won the tender to design Canberra, ACT. In Melbourne, 1915, they designed The Mount Eagle subdivision, now Eaglemont. The street planning followed the undulation of the land and incorporated stone walls and private parkland - a garden design. This is all four communal spaces of the Griffin's subdivision as they are today.

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.