Henry Jock Walker is a big ‘ol stick of creative dynamite. I have had the pleasure of mentoring him over the last couple of years, particularly during his year-long driving, surfing and art making trip around Australia. During this time he has been making furiously, meeting lots of people and contemplating the meaning of creative life. This has been leading up to a presentation of his work at Melbourne’s West Space gallery as a component of the Next Wave festival. I have written a small piece about Henry and his work which accompanies the show. You can check out a PDF at the link below. More Henry at the link to his blog.
HENRY’S POSTER FOR HIS WESTSPACE SHOW
HENRY’S MOBILE STUDIO BLOG
The most recent issue of Artlink has been guest edited by Annemarie Kohn and Charity Bramwell with a focus on graffiti art, it’s general history and various contemporary contexts. I was honored to be invited to contribute an article discussing the work of Clemens Behr. Based in Berlin, Clemens is busy traversing the globe making really exciting work that sits somewhere between street, public, gallery and graffiti. Here are a couple of basic quality shots of the spread. The rest of the issue includes articles on the likes of Lady Pink, KAB 101, Reko Rennie, MERDA, DUEL, Ian Strange and James Cochran amongst many others. Chase it down at your friendly local newsagent or purchase a digital copy via Artlink’s itunes storefront.
For a bigger hit of Clemens’ action check out his blog –
On Monday March 3rd of 2014 I will host a studio visit and presentation. It is part of an ongoing series of presentations co-ordinated by Guildhouse. Come along and have a peek at things that I am currently working on, get an insight into some of my ideas and see my work space.
“Don’t miss this rare opportunity to visit the private studios of some of Adelaide’s most successful artists and hear how they’ve established sustainable careers. Guildhouse’s series of talks in the artist’s studio invites you to learn from well-regarded creative professionals as they describe their career development – where they started, what they’ve done to get where they are and the lesson’s they’ve learned along the way.”
More details can be found here –
Here’s a little review of a group show that I was part of late last year.
A couple of Frenchy folks who run a fashion website quite like my work and invited me submit some content for them. Check it out here –
Opens Friday the 15th of November 2013
Ryan Renshaw Gallery, 137 Warry St, Brisbane
This exhibition is an extension of my ongoing exploration into suburban landscapes. Vacant blocks, drooping chain link fences, dumped car tyres and decapitated palm trees are amongst the various images that appear in this suite of paintings. Included in this show is a mutation of easel and bicycle, combined to become the ultimate accessory for the outdoor oriented suburban artiste. Also appearing in this show will be a short video work produced as part of the ongoing Jimmy’s Tall Bike Adventures project.
Ryan Renshaw Gallery
Here’s Nigel Hurst, from the UK’s Saatchi gallery posing in front of one of my paintings. I think the orange really brings out his complexion.
Sharne Wolff, from The Guardian, has written a great article examining the UQ Art Museum National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize.
Check it out here-
I am off to Brisbane this week to attend the launch of the University of Queensland’s National Artists’ Self Portrait Prize. It is a biannual invitational prize and one artist will be walking away with $50, 000 for their contribution. This year’s subtitle is remix. post. connect.
and takes it’s cues from the plethora of social media imagery and how we use these as components of our identity building. It will be judged by Blair French. I will be speaking as part of a panel discussion on Saturday the 19th of Oct.
More deatils at the link –
I have made a bicycle as my self-portrait and over the last few months have been using the bike as a place to for creative investigation. These various ideas and experiments have been documented and perpetuated via an ongoing blog. You can check it out below -