This has just come down off the wall at The View Factory in Newcastle, where it was part of the 1st Annual Sea-iennale exhibition for the past few weeks. I rushed this together in about five hours due to a really last minute invite to be part of the exhibition, it seems I'm always everybody's last choice to be in these things. Anyway, i really like this one, I don't think I'd ever really drawn Aquaman before.
I'm appearing on a discussion panel this Monday at TINA. Come and debate with me!
MONDAY OCTOBER 4TH
Newcastle – A Cultural Exploration
12pm – 1.30pm: Panel
TPI Auditorium (ground floor, 231 King St)
Facilitator: Kirsty Brown (Sound Summit)
Participants: Chris Hearn (Sound Summit), Di Drew (Penis Tower Anti-Slam), Grant Hunter (ARThive), Marni Jackson (Renew Newcastle), Susy Pow (Bird in the Hand)
A city is made up of a whole fabric of creative communities. In this spotlight on Newcastle, we focus on the emerging creative communities within Newcastle including musicians, zine creators, street artists, gallery owners and photographers.How do their experiences relate? What makes a scene ‘a scene’? What makes Newcastle different to any other city in the world?
I have a new drawing in a group show at ARThive called Sticky Fingers. The opening was last Friday September 24 and the show will be on until this Sunday October 3 so if you're in Newcastle for the This Is Not Art Festival you should definitely come along for a look, particularly if you haven't been to the gallery before. Some of my favourite Newcastle artists are also in the show, including Sarah Mould, Rose Turner, and Nicholas French. I painted a Batman on the outside mural wall on the side of the building so come see before we paint over it! The address is Level 1/111 Hunter Street Newcastle Mall, and the gallery is open 12-5pm.
Super big thanks to the Morgan Kingsmill collection for loaning this work back to me so i could get a photo of it.
Thanks heaps to Marnie Vaughn for sending me the photo of this work! It had appeared in the Creatures exhibition at Buckland Street Gallery and had sold to a good home, without my ever photographing it or anything. Stupid! Always document your work in future!
Drawing of Danny Trejo. Not from life obviously (i wish!).
I've been really slack with my Illustration Friday participation over the last couple weeks, which bums me and my blog hits out, but I knew I'd lose momentum eventually...anyway i'm back! I do have a few excuses for my absenteeism, I just started a new job after being unemployed for like a million years, plus I was pretty busy doing drawings for those two exhibitions last week, besides, the last few topics were bogus anyway.
I had about six different attempts at drawing something for this topic, but they all sucked and i nearly gave up, so i drew a zombie instead. Oh ps- the topic was "dessert".
This drawing is now on show at ARThive in the Sneaky September exhibition i mentioned earlier. I'm starting to work on larger size pieces of paper lately, which is good if you like things bigger, but is also bad because i can't fit it in my pocket anymore. I'm keen to hear what you think this work is about, post your answers in the comments.
This drawing was my contribution to the Tyrannosaurus Rex group exhibition I curated at ARThive last year.. I never was quite happy with it, but put it in the show in it's incomplete form anyway, and then it floated around my studio for about a year, and now I've finally finished it. Yay.
I made this for a group exhibition called Creatures at Buckland Street Gallery in Sydney last year. I had a rad painting called Women who eat meat in the show too, but I neglected to photograph the work prior to the show and somebody ended up buying it. If that was you, please contact me, I'd love to arrange five minutes with the painting so i can get a photo. That was a hard learned lesson by golly.
Just yesterday I received a super last minute invite to submit a work to a themed group show billed as "Newcastle's largest and most exciting local exhibition of contemporary art about the sea." It's on at the View Factory, Cnr Scott & Telford St in Newcastle, and it opens tomorrow, Sunday 5th September at 3pm. I drew a big picture of Aquaman, it's pretty cool. Go have a look if you wanna!
I've got a new drawing in a group show called Sneaky September opening at Arthive Gallery tonight. I'm also working on painting a couple pair of shoes for the show, but i haven't quite finished them yet..Better get to it. The exhibition is open until September 11 if you wanna come have a look. (If you don't i'll post it here soon anyway.) The gallery is upstairs at 111 Hunter st Newcastle.