Commerce

Lydia Lunch’s quote “If it’s for the money, you’re not doing art. You’re doing commerce” often plays on my mind. I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s when youth culture was anti-establishment and questioning. I don’t think I’ve lost that attitude even now I’m older and greyer and weighed down by the sort of concerns … More Commerce

Middle Class Hero 2

The unsung and unseen bearer of so many Monet prints. The supporter of bourgeois purchases across much of the world. How would I be able to impose my personality on an interior space and impress my dinner guests without the picture hook? It deserves a medal, but a grand Soviet-era monumental portrait will have to do. РОДЙНА-МАТЬ ЗОВЕТ! I … More Middle Class Hero 2

Odalisque

In 2011 the Law Society of British Columbia brought a discipline hearing against an unnamed lawyer for referring to another lawyer’s client as living with an odalisque. The Law Society found the use of the word, though an extremely poor choice, did not rise to the level of professional misconduct. (Wikipedia) This is a drawing … More Odalisque

Diaspora 3 (did you pack this yourself, sir?)

Developing my meditations on the theme of displacement, art history, and my reluctant obsession with the metaphors inherent in objects. Initial drawings with Sharpie pens on discarded packing material are photographed and then combined with other elements in Photoshop and Illustrator. Several years ago I had a conversation with artist, humanist and human-rights activist Bill Kelly about print-making. He considered … More Diaspora 3 (did you pack this yourself, sir?)

Tipperary Track

Last week I was surprised and delighted to find one of my paintings sitting in the basement store of the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Acquired by the gallery through a benefactor’s donation it now awaits “accessioning”, that arcane process of numbering and cataloging that museums do in order to keep track of our history and … More Tipperary Track