Doomsday Song by Guy Mathews

Presented by Backwoods until the 22nd of November 2015 at Gallery 5 (5 Easey St, Collingwood VIC 3066).

Installation Photo courtesy of Backwoods Gallery.

Guy Mathews  art combines dying art of signwriting and abstract expressionism with a good dose of the industrial design.  The result is an engaging painterly body of work that straddles different stylistic traditions called bricolage. Guy experiences as an antique dealer had granted him a keen eye for interesting and quirky artifacts. This has allowed Guy to gather antique signs that would be rejected traditional as a transient object and transform them into lovingly crafted tablets with industrial inspired finish.



Make the Docks. 120x 90 x 5 cm


Another Network.120x 90 x 5 cm


Nursing Mother 120x 90 x 5 cm

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Dark Key 120x 90 x 5 cm


A Despots Flag 120x 90 x 5 cm


Days Gone By 120x 90 x 5 cm


Volley of the Fox 120x 90 x 5 cm


Common Box 120x 90 x 5 cm


Persona Non Grata 120x 90 x 5 cm

Waldemar Kolbusz – ‘Rudiment’

Last week I visited the Flinders Lane Gallery (137 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000). The exhibition 'Rudiment' (13 Oct – 7 Nov 2015) features large gestural paintings of contemporary artist Waldemar Kolbusz. I really liked the spontaneous patches of paint and colour. 'This expressionistic project is abstract yet altogether unambiguous.' – Kate Britton.

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Waldemar Kolbusz, Even Higher 2015, oil on linen, 91cm x 91cm

 Waldemar Kolbusz Rudiment Frisson 2015

Waldemar Kolbusz, Frisson 2015, oil on linen, 122cm x 91cm

Waldemar Kolbusz Rudiment Looking 2015

Waldemar Kolbusz, Looking 2015, oil on linen, 91cm x 91cm

Waldemar Kolbusz Rudiment West 2015
Waldemar Kolbusz, West 2015, oil on linen, 140cm x 140cm

Waldemar Kolbusz Rudiment Popcorn 2015

Waldemar Kolbusz, Popcorn 2015, oil on linen, 91cm x 76cm

Waldemar Kolbusz Rudiment Slippers 2015

Waldemar Kolbusz, Slippers 2015, oil on linen, 183cm x 122cm       



Craft Pop Up Shop 2015

I recently visited the Craft pop up shop in the Melbourne Town Hall (90-120 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000), 'featuring the works of Australia's leading craftspeople and emerging talent'. Craft Victoria is the hub for contemporary craft and design. I really liked the creativity and quirkiness the craftspeople put into their work and it is always wonderful to suport other local creatives.

The pop up shop includes over 70 local makers; ceramics, jewellery, textiles, timber, paper, glass, mixed media, installations and demonstrations. Here are just some of the makers featured in the space; Melbourne ceramicists Andrei Davidoff, Sophie Moran, Alterfact and Vanessa Lucas, Melbourne jeweller Abby Seymour, leather worker Emma Greenwood, textile illustrators Sandra Eterovic and Georgina Cue, installations by makers Kim Jaeger (Pot Heads) and John Brooks, furniture designers Dale Hardiman, Coco FlipRedfox and Wilcox and Tide Design.

Dates: 21 October – 21 November, 2015.
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-6pm, open until 7pm on Fridays.

Vanessa Lucas ceramics Craft 2015

Vanessa Lucas ceramics, 2015

Alterfact one of a kind 3D printed vase 2015

Alterfact, One of a Kind 3D printed vase, 2015, Southern Ice Porcelain

Georgina Cue Mania Craft 2014

Georgina Cue, Manina, 2014, 52cm x 48cm, Acyrylic yarn on fly-screen, framed

Sofie Moran Quarry Collection Cup Craft 2015

Sofie Moran, Quarry Collection Cups, high fired stoneware with flecked, matte glaze

John Brooks Blobjects Craft 2015

John Brooks, Blobjects, 2015, Fuax fur, jersey, synthetic metallics, wood and paper plup

Kim Jaeger Basnarica II Stoneware clay Craft 2015

Kim Jaeger (Pot Heads) , Basnarica II, 2015, Stoneware clay and glaze, ceramic paint


Koorie Heritage Trust: Wominjeka – A New Beginning

The Koorie Heritage Trust have a new home at Federation Square (Levels 1&3, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne Vic 3000) and celebrate their 30th birthday with an exhibition 'Wominjeka – A New Beginning' (19 Sep – 22 Nov 15).

"The exhibition shows the work of five early career artists, exhibited alongside pieces from the Trust's collection that have been the muse for their own artistic expression and stories." The five artists are Aunty Marlene Gilson, Georgia MacGuire, Mitch Mahoney, Josh Muir and Raymond Young. "Working with mentors, these artists have created new works in response to selected items from our collections."

The Trust collection artists are Stephen Glassborow, Wally Cooper, Tommy McRae, Glenda Nicholls, Letty Nicholls, Vena Ingram, Mandy Nicholson, Kelly Koumalatsos, Brian Firebrace, Treahna Hamm, Dorothy Lovett, William Barak, and Darren Pattie-Bux.

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Gallery shots of the exhibtion Wominjeka –  A New Beginning, 2015

The National Gallery of Australia is archiving Art & Artists Blog

As an artist, being collected by one of the major Australian Galleries is a dream of mine, so when I received the email that 'Art & Artists Blog' was going to be achived by The National Gallery of Australia Research Library and Archives, I was over the moon.

The National Gallery of Australia Research Library and Archives is collaborating with the National Library of Australia to archive online publications on PANDORA, to ensure that Australians have access to their documentary heritage now and in the future. How amazing is that?

There has been some changes recently here with some new writers and I have a few more changes come soon so it is great that you will be able to see the changes over time. Click here for my achive page.

Another thing that I have found very interesting is diving through all the achived pages in the art section, I recommened you have a look too. If you have a little more time check out National Library of Australia's achive on Trove with "Find and get over 452,979,956 Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more".

Art and Artists blog achive pandora