Jacob & Leonard with TigerJacob & Leonard with Tiger

VanessaVanessa

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La RosaLa Rosa

BoxerBoxer

Fast Life is a collaboration between graphic designer Jacob Pramuk and product designer Leonard Velich. The project started about two years ago when they combined a graphic drawing, a functional product and the old craft of neon sign making to create a unique combination of art, light and function. The goal was to create handcrafted art objects that are not only visual pieces but also functional lighting products.

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AmeliaAmelia

YakuzaYakuza

HeartHeart

TigerTiger

I managed to catch a superb exhibition of drawings by Australia's Brett Whiteley on its last day at the Art Gallery of NSW. Whiteley was not only a superb draftsman but a virtuosic artist with brush&ink, charcoal and pen. He used ink washes sparingly but to great effect. And drawing for Whiteley was no means to an end: it WAS the artwork.

Self PortraitSelf Portrait

Patty SmithPatty Smith

Whiteley's line is so vigorous and full of life, and he has a knack of contrasting strong, simple forms with intense detail.

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His line is so sinuous that at times it becomes sensuous. The famous "Road to Berry", inspired by a drawing of the same name and location in southern NSW by Whiteley's hero Lloyd Rees, is an early example where his landscape surreptitiously describes the female form.

Road to BerryRoad to Berry

A master of composition and invention, Whiteley also plays with perspective and the picture plane, attacking a canvas boldly.

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These shots were taken rather hurriedly at the last minute, just before closing when I discovered there was no catalogue to the exhibition. And reflection is always a problem with works under glass.

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The exhibition did include a set of Whiteley's timber sculptures-and rightly so as they are virtually drawings in space using timber as the medium. A sheet of concept drawings for the sculptures was displayed opposite.

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Drawing is an integral part of my practice also. It is not only essential in creating a stained glass window but an enjoyable and therapeutic activity and though it does require discipline its a very satisfying way to make art; this exhibition inspires me to go out and draw more!

2018 in Review

21 Dec 2018

Its been a big year. The continuing project for new stained glass windows in the clerestory of St Peter's Anglican Church at East Maitland, NSW for which I installed two windows in 2016 and two in 2017, required three windows this year.

2016 & 2017 clerestory windows2016 & 2017 clerestory windows

I did manage to squeeze in a solo exhibition at m2 Gallery in Surry Hills mid-September, just prior to the late October installation at East Maitland. I was rather desperate to exhibit as this was my first solo show in over a decade. I am pleased it was so well received, despite falling on the same weekend as Sydney Contemporary at Carriageworks.

Large Single VesselLarge Single Vessel

Solo exhibition m2 GallerySolo exhibition m2 Gallery

The beginning of the year saw the team rebuild and install 12x decorative leadlight windows from the Oxford Room of St Mathias' Anglican Church in Paddington, having excavated the original windows the previous December. These leadlights were in the worst condition I have ever come across, and everyone in the Parish community was thrilled with the result.

St Matthias window prior to restorationSt Matthias window prior to restoration

The main Oxford Room windows after restorationThe main Oxford Room windows after restoration

With the St Matthias project underway I was concentrating on completing a new window for Wesley Uniting Church in Forrest, ACT with a very specific (and consequently rather difficult) brief. Featuring an angel bearing a lit candle, it was installed end of January after a long gestation.

Angel Bearing Light, Wesley UnitingAngel Bearing Light, Wesley Uniting

Also in Jan/Feb I made a residential fanlight for a couple in Newtown which featured a lyrebird. They own a bush block up on the Central Coast of NSW frequented by lyrebirds and wanted to make special note of that in the Newtown property.

Lyrebird fanlight NewtownLyrebird fanlight Newtown

As soon as St Matthias was completed mid-February, the studio got underway with restoration of two lancets from a 5x lancet set of ornamental stained glass in what is now the Chinese Christian Church in Milson's Point. Completed in 1888, this handsome Victorian Gothic building was formerly a Congregational Church and the windows, on the point of collapse until we got them out, are quite pretty.

Reconstruction underwayReconstruction underway

Completed windowsCompleted windows

While all that was going on, I got away for two weeks in April/May with my boyfriend to Vietnam, travelling to Saigon, Da Nang and Nha Trang; it was my first trip to an Asian country and I had a great time.

So yeah, 2018 was a big year, finishing on a busy session of installations for a residential client in Balmain, restoration of a John Ashwin window from St James Catholic Church in Glebe and removal of the Main Hall windows at St Matthias Paddington, to be rebuilt early in 2019. There were various other smaller jobs throughout the year as well, and in amongst it all, slowly but surely Jon Doe and I made progress on a collaborative work which will be constructed in January for the exhibition titled INTERCHANGE at M16 Gallery in Griffith, ACT in February 2019. This exhibition will be a satellite show concurrent with the Ausglass/NZGAS CoLab Conference in Whanganui, NZ

Concept drawing by Jon DoeConcept drawing by Jon Doe

Progress shotProgress shot

Conversion of St PaulConversion of St Paul

The studio has been working on a series of windows for St Peter's Anglican Church in East Maitland, NSW for the past three years. In 2016 we installed two double lancet sets to the clerestory, two in 2017 and two more this year, which completes the set of six windows commemorating the six regional Parish Churches in the mother cathedral. And this year we also produced a third double lancet window, shown above, illustrating the Conversion of St Paul on the road to Damascus

The two new double window sets viewed from the scaffoldThe two new double window sets viewed from the scaffold

St Andrew's at Largs with St Andrew and his crossSt Andrew's at Largs with St Andrew and his cross

Detail of St PeterDetail of St Peter

Detail of St AndrewDetail of St Andrew

St Andrew's Church LargsSt Andrew's Church Largs

Old St Peter's ChurchOld St Peter's Church

View showing relationship of new windows to last year's installView showing relationship of new windows to last year's install

View from the scaffold showing 2nd scaffold towerView from the scaffold showing 2nd scaffold tower

As in the earlier windows of this set, I drew inspiration from historical reference points: for St Peter a Baroque sculpture by Pierre Etienne Monnot found in the Church of San Giovanni Lateranno in Rome and for St Andrew a sculpture by the little known artist Domenico Guido in Sant Andrea della Valle in Rome

Full size charcoal cartoonFull size charcoal cartoon

Charcoal cartoon for St Andrew windowCharcoal cartoon for St Andrew window

S. Pietro by P.E. MonnotS. Pietro by P.E. Monnot

San Andreas by Domenico GuidoSan Andreas by Domenico Guido

For the design of the St Paul window I decided it was necessary to cast the image across both lancets, ignoring the stone mullion between. The Conversion of St Paul on the Road to Damascus has been painted by many different artists; a Google search will reveal hundreds. I drew inspiration from both Caravaggio and Ludovico Carracci., combining elements of each painting. The Sword of Truth in the quatrafoil above represents Paul's instrument of martyrdom.

Carracci's prone figure of St Paul Carracci's prone figure of St Paul

Caravaggio's vision of St PaulCaravaggio's vision of St Paul

Installing the panelsInstalling the panels

The Sword of TruthThe Sword of Truth

The front window at m2 Gallery last weekThe front window at m2 Gallery last week

My first major solo show for twelve years drew a large crowd for opening night and a steady stream of friends and curious visitors to m2 Gallery in Elizabeth Street Surry Hills.

The front window from inside looking outThe front window from inside looking out

Panoramic view of the exhibition, left-hand wallPanoramic view of the exhibition, left-hand wall

Panoramic view of the exhibition, right-hand wallPanoramic view of the exhibition, right-hand wall

Trio, a group of painted & fired blown vesselsTrio, a group of painted & fired blown vessels

Single Large VesselSingle Large Vessel

Four collage/assemblagesFour collage/assemblages

Exuberance, two small collage works and Stop.Art.ThinkExuberance, two small collage works and Stop.Art.Think

Stained glass panels in the front windowStained glass panels in the front window

Light falling from UntitledLight falling from Untitled

For lots of photos of the Opening Night go to the m2 Gallery FaceBook page

UNPUBLISHED [and rarely seen] WORKS

THURSDAY 13th- MONDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 2018

Triptych [Three new tracks]Triptych [Three new tracks]

Apart from a small two-person show at Glass Artists/Gauge Gallery in Glebe in 2016, this is my first solo for many years. The exhibition will comprise Works on Paper, Collage/Assemblage and Stained Glass.

Technically many of the works are not "Unpublished" at all, since they
feature on this website. But they have not been exhibited in a physical gallery before, hence the title. Some have had one or two outings in the past couple of decades, in group shows around the country, and three damaged works have been especially restored for this show. There will be one completely new work in stained glass.

ProgressivoProgressivo

m2 Gallery is located at 450 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, not far up the hill from my workshop at Central. It is a well-managed hire-space that has featured some excellent artists over the past few years. I will be in attendance for the 5x days of the show so if you are in Sydney please make an effort to drop in between 9am - 6.30 pm Thursday- Monday.

Untitled 1989 [restored 2018]Untitled 1989 [restored 2018]

Two Weeks in Vietnam

29 May 2018

I do occasionally take time out from my art practice, albeit rarely. Late April early May saw me travelling through Saigon, Da Nang and Nha Trang, with side trips out to Ba Na, Hoi An, Tay Ninh and Vung Tao. Here is a short photo essay of my holiday.

Fishing boats, Nha TrangFishing boats, Nha Trang

Sparrow vendors, Tay Ninh templeSparrow vendors, Tay Ninh temple

Temple bell, Tay NinhTemple bell, Tay Ninh

Recycling vendor, SaigonRecycling vendor, Saigon

Recycling vendor, SaigonRecycling vendor, Saigon

Sugarcane prep, Nha TrangSugarcane prep, Nha Trang

Deep friend bananas, SaigonDeep friend bananas, Saigon

Banking tower, from Saigon RiverBanking tower, from Saigon River

Fruit vendor, SaigonFruit vendor, Saigon

Saigon from the 53rd floorSaigon from the 53rd floor

Lanterns, Hoi An marketsLanterns, Hoi An markets

Temple gate, Hoi AnTemple gate, Hoi An

Fishing boats, Vung TaoFishing boats, Vung Tao

The Masters at Opening Night, Wed 31st JanThe Masters at Opening Night, Wed 31st Jan

Sabbia Gallery of Paddington in Sydney kicked off 2018 with a resoundingly successful iteration of their annual Masters series, this one titled Sketch. Some of the participating artists responded enthusiastically to the theme, others more obliquely or perhaps not at all.

Matthew CurtisMatthew Curtis

Lisa CahillLisa Cahill

Certainly Matthew Curtis is on the former category with his "Neodymium and Grey Incline" shown above, with a cut-out photograph of him drawing on the floor with his dogs curled around him making what appears to be a shadow cast by the glass tower.

Galia AmsellGalia Amsell

Giles BettisonGiles Bettison

Giles Bettison on the other hand has chosen to show us in intricate detail the planning that went into the making of "Chroma 2018 #4" as a framed sketch, while Tom Rowney has sketched the form he has made for the exhibition.

Tom RowneyTom Rowney

Jenni Kemarre MartinielloJenni Kemarre Martiniello

Showing by far the largest piece in the exhibition, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello has drawn into and onto the glass and inscribed the names of fallen Indigenous soldiers into her "Gallipoli Pole, 2015"

Maureen WilliamsMaureen Williams

Kirstie RaeKirstie Rae

Nick MountNick Mount

Me with my three students in the design roomMe with my three students in the design room

As part of my 5x week exploration of stained glass in Europe, I was invited to teach a workshop for Peli Glass in Zoetemeer, a suburb of The Hague, looking at principals of design as they apply to stained glass and glass painting in particular. It was a small workshop, with only three students, but no less exhausting for that.

We began on the Friday evening with a slide show and a session examining basic design through additive composition, the results of which can be seen in the group photo above.

Series of quick sketches of the Still LifeSeries of quick sketches of the Still Life

Saturday morning kicked off with a series of quick sketches in brush & ink and then charcoal (above) to loosen up and familiarise themselves with the still life, the subject of a longer study in graphite and/or charcoal.

A longer studyA longer study

The students were then set the task of converting this drawing into something that could be cut out of glass, all the while deciding what is to be painted and what defined by leadlines.

Making a lead drawing from the sketchMaking a lead drawing from the sketch

Converting the lead drawing to a cutlineConverting the lead drawing to a cutline

Cutting glass for the projectCutting glass for the project

Once the glass had been selected and all cut, students then placed theglass assembly over the original long study and began to paint the trace line.

Lisas workLisas work

Heinz's workHeinz's work

Ilona's workIlona's work

Matting the piecesMatting the pieces

Secondary exerciseSecondary exercise

We were certainly lucky having a well-equipped workshop to work in. It
meant that several firings could be accomplished in a day as well as
overnight. This allowed for another exercise to run concurrently, something much more free and experimental.

The three Free-form projects firedThe three Free-form projects fired

Lisa's final firingLisa's final firing

Heinz's final firingHeinz's final firing

Ilona's final firingIlona's final firing

There wasn't time of course to actually build the panels but I was certainly pleased with the results and each student went away with a head full of new ideas and techniques. And I continued on my journey, catching the train back to Amsterdam to see firstly the Rijksmusem, then Cobra and Jan van der Togt Galleries before catching a train to Paris for 12x days.

My whole European sabbatical was structured around this workshop at Peli. It was the trip of a lifetime, with enough inspiration & photographs to fill twenty blogs!

Three vessels from the Skin Deep seriesThree vessels from the Skin Deep series

Internationally renowned glass artist Clare Belfrage has a new solo show currently on display at Paddington's Sabbia Gallery. These works are a lovely iteration of the subtle and refined beauty for which Clare is known. These beautifully formed vessels are full of grace. The delicate almost-matte surfaces absorb light and contribute to their quiet but powerful presence.

Director Anna Grigson introducing Gabriella BisettoDirector Anna Grigson introducing Gabriella Bisetto

Drawing Out Time opened on Wednesday 15th Nov, with an address delivered by Gabriella Bisetto, Head of the Glass Workshop at the South Australian School of Art, Art Architecture and Design , University of South Australia. An accomplished glass artist in her own right, Gabriella spoke eloquently about Clare's work and the accomplishments of the Australian contemporary glass community.

Quiet ShiftingQuiet Shifting

SheddingShedding

Gabriella & ClareGabriella & Clare

Clare & myselfClare & myself

Closing December 9th, this is a delightful exhibition and well worth a visit.

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