Wednesday, November 17, 2010


suicide is non-compliant with Immigration department procedures. Suicide will have no effect on your application for asylum

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hairshirt Harry returns

The Manly Satyr is a flesh and blood beast with an Oxford boxing blue. His sharp little hoofprints leave clear evidence of which delicate organism he has recently trampled

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

do as we say or we'll kill you

Hilary Clinton(Secretary of State) and Robert Gates(Pentagon secretary) came to Australia to tell us our instructions.
Editorials shall dutifully intone that China is not a responsible stakeholder. America's policy of printing money to pay for imports is, of course. If China were to nuke a defeated foe, would that make it responsible?

is it a bird?, is it a plane?, or is it an ICBM
painting a 100 mile high hologram of (Bush's and Obama's)Defense Secretary
Robert Gates in the sky above some empire in the east?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010



forms in space

forms in space

Unfinished Business

One of the first things the newly elected PM Kevin Rudd did was to apologize for misconduct to all the native people of Australia, and assure us citizens (electorate) that it - primarily - would be the policy of the Labor government to reinstate Native People to their proper status as Australian citizens.

Nothing in this direction has happened since. Instead of withdrawing the troops,  Mr Rudd expanded their mission As a result of the Sorry speech, the practice in the field was to send army, police, private securities, Job Networks and then medical staff followed and supported by psychiatrists, prescription drugs, and strict rules for alcohol consumption, public assembly and parenting, with money handling controlled by the government trustees.

All those humiliating methods, which have been proven by now to crash down personalities, destroy lives, careers, families, and promote apathy and degradation.

The unfinished business talks about the old problem in a contemporary perspective

Unfinished business

silent observers

silent observers

with a little bit of help from my friends

with a little bit of help from my friends



Alt. Seeding

Alt. Seeding

time is running down

time is running down



sonar disturbances

sonar disturbances

blues nights

blues nights

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Goddess Smile

Newtown Square

The heart of Newtown (Sydney)

Artwork for sale

John O'Driscoll
Mcveigh – the oklahoma bomber$800.00oil on board1996
Newtown Square $350.00oil on canvas2010
ambush marketing$400.00oil on canvas2002
big balls 1$400.00oil on canvas2009
Mt Rushmine: proposal for PM portraits at Olympic Dam$500.00oil on canvas2010
Spring St$800.00oil on canvas2007-10
big balls 2$1,500.00  oil on canvas2010
Vasili Papageorgiou
egg of the snake$600

with a little bit of help from my friends  $$$500
Phallus implosion$$$450
marbles by night$$$300
Goddess' smile$$$120
blues nights$$$150
Haggis$$$  80
Sonar disturbances$$$  90
Time is running down$$$150
Alt. Seeding$$$150
silent observers$$$333
unfinished business$$$150
forms in space$$$ 


Prints signed by the artist are available of all images from the exhibition (including those that are posted only on this webpage). Colour images are $20 AUD and black and white are $10 AUD. Add $7 for Australian and $12 for international postage They will be printed from higher resolution files than those displayed here. At present there is no automated method for purchase, you should either visit the physical exhibition, or send a private message on facebook to Johno (!/profile.php?id=1486929638 ), or leave a comment here.

Friday, November 5, 2010

ambush marketing

Mitsubishi ambushed the Sydney Olympics

After Arab fanatics dialed the American emergency services number(!),
spooks and war-mongers and security freaks,
with their hoodwinked dupes including religious zealots 
and end-of-the-world millenarians, 
ambushed the following decade,
guaranteeing the US decline they fear


The western civilization prides itself to have as ancestor the not so ancient hellenic one of the 4-5th century BC.
It was then,the golden century when the foolmoon was shining bright over democracy.
But the century was really no more than 75yrs and what happened to democracy, we don't wanna know.
No dream lasts for ever
No full moon either.
From the great hellenic miracle some scarce marbles remain as reminders of old
architectonic glories,portent for our own to.
May the calmness of the sea's blue and the wisdom of goddess Athena in her form
of the owl, to shine like guiding stars over the journey of our current demokratic expressions.


xndraw is a program to draw tileable shapes and wallpapers written by John O'Driscoll. It is written with free opensource tools, and is intended to be made freely available, and modifiable.

I wrote it to visualise tileable images, after seeing ceramics by Guy Crossley, as I couldn't see how to come up with new patterns without a drawing aid

Currently it's a fun toy. It could be a lot better at reproducability , have more patterns, robustness, the list goes on

eye of the snake

Liken to an egg in anticipation of the right temperature to hatch, the old fascistic ideas of racial superiority, social engineering, war-mongering, military establishments, demoralisation and povertisation of the masses for control etc, were always present hidden or not, between the party system or even elected governments of democratic countries. For the last 50 years, extreme ideas were isolated and democracy, we thought, would insulate us from them.

At the end of the day, we could solve all the problems with a debate.
OK, this before 9-11, now we had an excuse to forget all those democratic niceties and let our reptilian brain take over again.

Quick;y we chose a small convenient enemy for a scapegoat and the order was given for all the aspiring empires, small and big, to claim their piece of the pie and constrict the world on a cold reptilian way.

The door is open.

Fascism lurks on our every step. The egg of the snake is cracking.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Who farted in international relations?

Hilary Clinton sells US foreign policy as the voice of liberty in the world. The US military refuse to provide a plan that doesn't require them to remain in Afghanistan at least 10 years, though they don't say what they really hope to achieve. Hilary Clinton(seen here with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov) supports this stance in Washington

Hilary is coming to Australia this week to confer with Julia(since we're all on first name basis now), and keep her and us in line in this, and in all the antidemocratic domestic policy it implies

Anyway, Obama can't control his generals, and they openly express their contempt

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Our Lady of Chemical Chains

We know what's best for you - whimpering at the ring of a bell.

I saw a sticker recently, with a very official looking coat of arms.

"Fear - a Federal Government Initiative".

Fearful and helpless people, very handy in a time of environmental crisis. Over uncertainty, we prefer catastrophe, with the pretense of control. Imagination might expose the nakedness of the passive stone Easter island heads who pretend to rule.

Instead, occupy, and rot, your mind with the senile ruminations of Rupert Murdoch. For example, according to 2 op-ed pieces in the Australian, The Chilean mine rescue
      (a) illustrates how these miners would be dead without 'market forces' (because they were saved by a capitalist drill!)
       (b) debunks evolution and 'Darwinism' (miners competing to exit last is an example of 'altruism', which, apparently, is not allowed under evolution ).

You could call this guff a comic book for children, except that kids would roll their eyes. Only adults could 'have faith' in this stuff.                       

Monday, November 1, 2010

relics for sale

Meat Australia.



If you look closely you can see Mary  MacKillop and all the brown Joeys

All in the Name of Liberty

we are here today to rearrange our world.

The old one is rotten.

 The new one, under construction.

The silent observers, heroes of a distant past,

they cannot do much,except of watching silently and hoping ,

we succeed , not to blow away our last chances for further survival

  The native civilizations , the few who survived genocides ,

exterminations , and assimilations , are there to give us insight ,

about survival on planet earth as well as advice to our

existential problems .

The all seeing eye , will eventually disperse the right energy and we 
will create what is better for us.!
The resulting feelings are all our own . 

big balls

the title of the the show comes from a line in the ACDC song 'jailbreak', which had a great clip, with Bon (and Angus?) "breakin' rocks on the chain gang", with the rest of the bands as guards, toting and firing gun/guitars . The outfits were convict era pastiche.

We seem to have returned to those convict days. Society now is like an open prison for anyone without the keys to the system. Behaviour is more minutely policed now than it ever was then, though the rum corps would find that some things have only changed to remain  the same.

Here's ACDC  (again!): rehearsing

this painting will still undergo a few changes(ie not finished)