Last Saturday evening, Carmen was announced as the recipient of the CQU Creates Award for 2019. Carmen’s award winning collage and mixed media art work references the Woolwash Reserve situated on the Tropic of Capricorn, just a few kilometres south of Rockhampton in Central Queensland. The Central Queensland University has also purchased this piece to … Continue reading →
It is interesting to work out how many kilometres each piece travels during it’s exhibiting lifetime. Some paintings travel long distances and visit several destinations, while other paintings are sold on their very first viewing. Some can be exhibited over several exhibitions and then take out a major prize when least expected.
Carmen and I have had some small successes in the last 6 months with our work being selected in different exhibitions, so our paintings have been travelling up and down the coast as well as inland to hang on regional art gallery walls.
In mid March I was advised, my painting titled ‘Katherine Gorge – NT’ had been selected as a finalist in the 2019 John Villiers Outback Art Prize, so this painting travelled 1,360 km to reach the gallery wall in Winton and is due to do the return journey any day now.
Both Carmen and I exhibited in the Mackay Art on Show 2019 with Carmen receiving a Commended award with her painting ‘The Dry Dam’. This painting had previously been exhibited in our joint exhibition in Brisbane in February, so it had travelled 1,230 km to and from Brisbane before making the journey to Mackay, another 336 km north of Rockhampton and then returned to Rockhampton, a total of 1,900 km. Let’s not even discuss the costs of sending work all around the state.
Other news is that Carmen had her painting ‘Tracks to the Bore’ selected in the Bayton Awards 2019 at the Rockhampton Art Gallery and having not travelled outside Rockhampton, this glorious new painting, sold, with a total travelling distance of only a few kilometres.
You just never know what journey you or your art will take.
Carmen’s and my first art showing for 2019 has finished and we were very pleased with the results. The gallery space worked well, with lots of visitors coming through daily. Some were art lovers, some overseas visitors and others were garden lovers strolling through the gorgeous Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. And finally we did well … Continue reading →
Carmen and I had a great year of art in 2018, that ended with us both exhibited in the Rio Tinto Martin Hansen Art Awards 2018 in Gladstone. This was especially memorable as out of all the paintings exhibited, our work was hung side by side. A new year with 2019 and we are off … Continue reading →
It has been a great couple of weeks with art exhibitions and competitions. My painting, ‘Mt Morgan Dam No. 7’, has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Clayton Utz Art Award. The Award offers a $20,000 winner’s prize and exhibition space for the finalists and is awarded to an outstanding artwork by a Queensland-based … Continue reading →
Winter seems to be a popular time for art competitions and exhibitions in Queensland, with quite a few in June and July. Perhaps it is directly related to the beautiful winter skies and tourists visiting the regional areas. At any rate, I seem to be in a whirl of packaging tape and cardboard at present. … Continue reading →
The 2018 Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular is held this year in the iconic Central Plaza One building in Queen Street in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. This will be the 39th annual Rotary Art Spectacular, and to quote their website, “it is Queensland’s largest and most prestigious annual art exhibition. It has raised almost $2 million for Brisbane … Continue reading →
May is a big month for Art competitions in the Brisbane area, with the 2018 Moreton Bay Art Awards and the 2018 Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular both attracting entries from hundreds of artists from around the country. My art work titled ‘Ubirr Escarpment- NT’ and Carmen’s work titled ‘Dawn at the Dry Dam’ were both … Continue reading →
Cakes and more cakes! I have just finished a commission for a friend. Not something that I usually do, that is, commission work or the subject matter. I have tried to keep it colourful and fun while using collage mixed media. The large grey lines you see on the surface are depictions of the huge beaters … Continue reading →
Carmen and I had our ‘Artist Conversation’ at our Visual Fragments exhibition at the Rockhampton Art Gallery last Saturday (3 February 2018) and were delighted to see so many visitors who came along. It was a very wet day in Rockhampton, but even that didn’t stop our keen audience from attending. We were pleased with … Continue reading →