Monday, May 29, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
This is a mural I'm painting in the beer garden at the Record Crate which will be very loosely based on Bosch's altarpiece, with a Glebe setting and lots of rock stars and musicians, dead and alive. Lemmy riding a mullet, oh yeah
The composition is starting to come through and I've got paint everywhere now, next week I'll get on to to figures
It's all centred on the park next to the St John's church on Glebe Pt Rd, which you can see the beginning of here. I've got a base coat of oil and polyurethane on now. Tomorrow I'll try to finish the late afternoon sky and beef up the midground, maybe add the first figures - Tom Waits leading the dance
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Susan, Georgina and Rez among others..
After Rough Edges I went to Weave Community Hub in Woolloomooloo to meet up with Emmanuel, Siobhan and Freya. I'm going to paint a largish commission for the centre- about 4x2 metre in 3 panels for the feature wall - They've given me a bright studio space to do it and maybe some other work in, so that's exciting - the painting will be the cliffs of Woolloomooloo, and birds, cockatoos and currawongs, ibises , houses and people too.
I'm preparing for an "4 Horsemen", an exhibition 'of oil paintings and rock and roll' opening on the 2nd June at Newsagency Gallery at 332 Stanmore Rd Petersham, with Ben Cahill, Chas Glover and Jimmy Willing. We all started out in the artists squats of the 80s and 90s. If you're in Sydney come along
I'll do some prep work now but get fully on to the Weave painting after that, and post pictures here as I go. Weave will also document everything and work I might do with other artists there
All this on top of the mural I'm doing at NewtownMission at the moment so I'll be busy. Follow that on the Newtown Last Supper blog
Friday, May 12, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
Floyd just lost a couple of toes to gangrene/mismanagement of his condition. He suffered a head injury in a work accident and seems to be falling through the cracks of the system. Eg he's been waiting forever for a place to live.
He calls Rough Edges, the people who go there, his family. I've done a few drawings of him there, so he asked me to paint his portrait in a space on the mural on the front wall. Here it is .
The panel with Floyd
Stephen Corry, who designed the mural and painted a lot of it too, with the help of the Roughies community. I did a couple of other small panels a couple of weeks ago
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Paintings by Ye Naing, John O'Driscoll and Tina Cheung at Buzzzbar at 349 King St Newtown.
We open on Thursday 4 May from 6-9pm so come along and meet Ye and I, and hopefully Tina - who has a pyshical disability that makes it difficult for her to get around.
There will be a catalogue here, once I put it together
The show will hang for (at least) a few weeks
Aftermath, by Ye Naing
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
A painting which comes from a couple of drawings of Marguerite Montes and Peter Urquhart at the Record Crate with Justo
There is paint on most of the canvas now - the colours will change a bit, I'm mucking about to see what I like
I'm feeling my way a bit further along with this, using leftover paint from other projects
The start of it all
Friday, April 14, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Floyd's just lost a couple of toes. A complication of the warfarin he has to take.
He's a regular at rough edges but hasn't been around much for a while. He's been waiting forever for compensation for his original injury, and a place of of his own to live
There's still some empty space on the mural on the wall so I'll paint a portrait of Floyd there as he requested
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Dunny signs to be precise - people are having a hard time finding the toilet at the Crate so I'm painting a few signs to help them find their way - a set of toilet hands
Earlier versions are below
Around the bend - this one will hang above the bar.
Toilet Come Hither
One side of the sign outside the door
The other side of the dunny door sign
Thursday, April 6, 2017
I was about to say I'd finished this piece buut then realised I still have a few things to fix up, mostly the frames the train power wires hang from. I've been preparing some canvases to start a picture down below on Cathedral St
The city from where the Woolloomooloo viaduct goes underground on McElhone St
Monday, April 3, 2017
Martin in his loungeroom. He had one of his Sunday arvo parties but it rained so noone else showed up. We went down to the Frisco for a beer
Upstairs at the Frisco hotel.
I also did a portrait of Penelope which I'll add here later if she sends me a copy
A fragmentary drawing of the corner of King and Wilson Sts in Newtown from when I was drawing portraits last friday
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
The colonial PO on Hunter St sitting empty. It'd be great if the Awabakal Land Council could get their shit together and make it a public building again. Eg as a cultural centre and gallery it would be cool.
It's a bit like Interzone down the Hunter St mall now the railway was closed and DJs moved out, and this and other buildings lying semi-abandoned. Thanks to all the friendly crowd who stopped for a chat or threw a few $ in the hat
Getting closer to being finished - I'll go and paint more on the trees and the PO itself and maybe add a few people etc tomorrow or next weekend and then it should be done
With the Post Office and Hunter St behind
A beautiful sandstone building falling into ruin, while property speculators and politicians attempt to profiteer from the nearby abandoned rail line