ANDREW BROWNE IS driven by a sense of curiosity by what he sees on the periphery of whatever landscape through which he finds himself wondering. His work captures the collision between man and the natural world. It also is a technical feast as he continually strives to resolve and discover new modes of painting and making an image he conjures in his mind come to life on the canvas.
I speak often of the role artists play to building and forging a cultural identity. As such, when we arrived in Mumbai and New Delhi alike, the first thing we did was seek out a handful of commercial and public galleries to setout on a tour that would take us on a journey through both enormous, bustling and culturally burgeoning cities. What we discovered was not just some wonderfully innovating and ingenious art and creativity but some loveable pockets of what would normally be impenetrable cites. And we learnt that the art world in South East Asia is one happening, hip, and chic scene!
FriendsWithYou is the fine art collaboration of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, who have been working together since 2002 with the sole purpose of spreading the positive message of “Magic, Luck and Friendship”.
The art world is a funny universe. It operates on a multitude of levels: the artists, the public galleries, the commercial galleries, the curators, art writers and critics. For the most part, the community is strong and supportive. It’s an exciting industry that has the ability to enact change and provoke thought. Art can be [...]
Twelve-months in the making, Not the Way Home is an exhibition of new work made by thirteen artists in response to the arid desert landscape of far-west New South Wales. In May 2011, ARTIST PROFILE, in conjunction with art material specialists Winsor & Newton, relocated a group of painters, sculptors, and drawers from their everyday [...]
The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial (APT7) occupies all of the Gallery of Modern Art and key spaces within the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, featuring the work of contemporary artists from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. This year the curators of the show asked artists to interpret the contents of the Gallery’s APT archives, and other [...]
Belgian artist Luc Tuymans is known in the art world as the man who revitalised painting in the 1990s when there was strong momentum toward new-media arts – although this didn’t mean going back to old mediums. His sparsely coloured, figurative works speak in a quiet, restrained and, at times, unsettling voice, and are typically [...]
Installation photographs of Not the Way Home exhibition at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM).
Matt Martin paints the figure. With a background in drawing, his inquisitive nature and desire to make new types of pictures led him to oil painting. His figures are an exploration of his own unique visual language. He recently exhibited a series of paintings of the female form at Scott Livesey Galleries in Melbourne – [...]
IN THE LEAD up to a solo exhibition with Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, Owen Craven from ARTIST PROFILE met Sam Jinks in his studio to discuss the processes and inspirations behind his captivating and beautifully rendered sculptures.
Issue 20 of ARTIST PROFILE goes into the studio of sculptor, Sam Jinks, whose life-like forms capture the expanse of an individual’s lifetime in a single moment. We hear from Jinks about what underpins his practice and artistic vision. Caroline Rothwell takes us through the untold stories from natural history that informs her sculptural practice [...]
Artist Profile is a proud Media Partner to the 2012 Melbourne Art Fair (MAF). Here is a sneak peak inside the issue that focuses on those artists exhibiting at this year’s fair. Issue 19 | A Melbourne Art Fair Special Edition Featuring | SALLY SMART + JAMES MORRISON Also inside | CHRIS AERFELDT + CLINTON NAIN + PETER ATKINS + [...]
Images from the installation of the exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney | 25 May to 1 July 2012. Photographs by Jason Davis Images.
THE FEMALE FIGURE features often in Sally Smart’s artwork. Sometimes they’re rendered in quirky collages comprising magazine cut-outs and at other times are constructed from a mixture of fabrics and everyday objects. Her methods of cutting, pinning, sewing and stitching result in dynamic works of a layered, highly tactile nature, and allow her to ‘describe’ [...]
ILDIKO KOVACS’ ABSTRACT paintings are gestural and spontaneous renderings of colour and line. Her latest pictures – made for an upcoming exhibition at Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney, and also being shown at the Melbourne Art Fair – point to an evolution in her practice to a free and energetic form of mark making that takes [...]
2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial The National Gallery of Australia is hosting an exciting exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in ‘unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial’. It features the work of 20 artists from regional, remote and urban communities around the country. Each artist in the exhibition presents a dynamic visual expression [...]
In recent years there has been a spate of projects in which a group of artists are taken to some far-flung location and invited to respond to a new environment. The result is a group exhibition that gathers together works made on the spot, and those created afterwards in the studio from memories, sketches and [...]
An exhibition of works by 13 artists in response to the Australian desert, Not the Way Home is my next curatorial project. In May 2011, ARTIST PROFILE led 13 Australian artists to Fowlers Gap – an Arid Zone Research Station managed by UNSW – for an arts laboratory that asked each of them to respond [...]
By flicking through the pages of our current edition, you will notice it is a break from our standard format. That’s because many of the artists featured in the issue took part in an artist expedition to the arid desert of north-west New South Wales, sponsored by ARTIST PROFILE in conjunction with artist material specialists [...]
Adelaide Biennal of Australian Art From an explosive light installation that clocks births, deaths and dying stars in real time to a full body cast that mimics the aging process by slumping, sagging and wrinkling in front of your eyes, the 2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art explores the ways in which ideas emerge, converge [...]
Capricornia is the latest exhibition of new work by Imants Tillers, an Australian artist of great acclaim who’s dedicated his career to producing work that has questioned and challenged our national identity and our place within the world. In 1986 he was selected to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale, which further propelled his ideas [...]
THE WORK OF internationally renowned, Dusseldorfbased photographic artist Elger Esser depict vast landscapes and seascapes that, on first glance, seem void of human existence. On closer inspection, the human mark on the landscape become evident – a rickety pier, a loan ferry crossing the channel, or a single telegraph pole protruding from an otherwise natural [...]
The annual, end-of-year group exhibition at Stills Gallery, Sydney, features an interesting and wide-ranging collection of work from five of the gallery’s artists: Gilbert Garcin, Petrina Hicks, Mark Kimber, Marketa Luskacova, and Danielle Thomson. Stills Gallery is one of Australia’s pre-eminent photographic and multimedia art galleries, representing artists living and working both in Australia and [...]
Sam Leach’s paintings are stunningly rendered and haunting in their subject matter. He paints to investigate the natural world and the ways we relate to it, assembling visual cues from historical painting, scientific pursuits and modern technology to populate his uncanny compositions. For our cover story this issue, Sam Leach welcomed us into his studio [...]
Sam Leach paints to explore his world. He paints to explore his existence, and that of others, within the broader context of life and the universe. Simply put, his paintings explore the notion of what it is to be human. Painting within the framework of history paintings and a still life genre, his landscape and [...]
Del Kathryn Barton paints for herself. Her works are a journey of self exploration without being autobiographical. Dominated by the fantastical, her figures and creatures explore the notion of human honesty, vulnerability and bodily experience. In a time where the digital predominates many facets of our daily lives, Barton is committed to the handmade; the [...]
Art making is an immensely personal and private practice. Whether an artist is a painter or a photographer, a sculptor or a printmaker, they use their chosen medium to navigate their thoughts, ideas and world views. In an age where everyone is increasingly connected through new technologies, artists are some of the remaining few whose occupation sees much of their [...]
Last week saw the launch of not the way home :: painting the far west, a working title for the next artist project led and sponsored by ARTIST PROFILE, managed by Owen Craven. Proudly sponsored by Winsor & Newton, the tour will also be followed by ABC Open under producer Sean O’Brien. not the way home will [...]
Ruth Waller’s career as a painter has spanned many decades. Her work has transformed in style and manner as she has borrowed from styles moments in European and western art history but the crux of her paintings remains consistent. For Waller, they’re an exploration of the act of painting and what it is to create [...]
Katrina Lobley compiled today’s Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum Planner and included On This Island’s final showing at King Street Gallery: “Eleven artists headed across the Tasman in 2009 to paint the North Island’s Mount Ruapehu and Castlepoint. The touring show, curated by art mag wunderkind Owen Craven, makes its final stop in Darlinghurst. See what [...]
The third edition of the Singapore Biennale (SB2011) opens this March. SB2011’s artistic theme for the Asia-pacific art extravaganza is ‘Open House’, which fits nicely into this magazine—a publication that takes its readers into the often very private studios and spaces of artists from Australia and beyond. The title is conceived not as a theme [...]
Theo Strasser paints on paper. His technique is an organic process of controlled chance. Working in a variety of forms—from large scale abstract works on paper to intimate, handcrafted artist books—his desire to explore the mediums with which he engages is ever evolving. ARTIST PROFILE spoke with Theo as he prepared for his forthcoming exhibition [...]
Issue 13 of ARTIST PROFILE is now on the news stand. Our cover artists for this exciting issue include Judy Watson, Brisbane-based indigenous artists whose work is highly celebrated around the globe, + Marco Fusinato, whose politically motivated work explores a multitude of mediums from photography to sound and light installations. Other exciting features include [...]
Issue 12 of ARTIST PROFILE is now on sale. Cover artist profiles and conversations with George Gittoes + Deborah Kelly. Other exclusive interviews include Lara Merrett, Moya McKenna, Tim Maguire, Penny Byrne, Godwin Bradbeer and I speak with Italian artist Giacomo Costa. The issue is packed with news + essays + reviews and I’ve collated [...]
IN CREATING IMAGINED worlds through 3D modelling software, Italian artist Giacomo Costa uses his artistic practice as a personal reflection on the issues and ethical dilemmas facing humankind. His most recent body of work, Arena, presents a series of abandoned stadiums. Much like the remains of the Roman Coliseum, Costa says his structures “are the [...]
It brings prime ministers to their knees, former Vice-Presidents resurrect careers raising its profile, scientists stake their reputations on predicting its changing state. The environment, global warming, climate change—however it may be defined—is a prominent thought bubble in the global consciousness. It is no surprise, therefore, that a contingent of contemporary artists are also examining [...]
Steven Vella’s latest body of work is the culmination of gathering and collecting; hoarding and observing; responding and revitalising. The works forming his exhibition The Garden of Natural Wonders at NG Art Gallery, Sydney, give a “second life to discarded objects”. Vella has spent years collecting organic objects from various natural spaces in which he [...]
Inspired by the folk lore tales of Ned Kelly, Johnny Romeo’s exhibition You’ll Never Take Me Alive is an investigation into Kelly’s presence in Australia’s historical fabric and his influence on our national pop culture. Romeo is fascinated by the presence of Kelly as, In Romeo’s words, “a revered Australian icon” but the seeming truth [...]