Monday, November 2, 2015

Australian Print Triennial: A Handful of Highlights

Pictured above is a montage from last weekend's Australian Print Triennial in Mildura (click image to enlarge).
Top left: Opening Keynote Speaker Robyn Archer
Top right: the Goldfields Printmakers were well represented. L-R: Loris Button, Penny Peckham, Catherine Pilgrim, Kir Larwill, Dianne Longley, Deborah Klein, Melissa Proposch and Diana Orinda-Burns. 
Bottom left: (L-R) Silvi Glattauer, Jazmina Cininas and Martin King. 
Bottom right: Myself and old friend Heather Shimmen. 

The weekend was a roller coaster ride of thought-provoking talks, demonstrations, workshops and Q and A sessions, punctuated with interludes of amazing live music and countless animated conversations conducted over marvellous food. Who could ask for anything more? I can't begin to imagine the months of effort and planning that went into organising this event, especially as it's the first ever triennial. The attention to detail was astounding and we were treated like royalty.

Thankfully my own contribution (see previous post) was well received - but then I couldn't have wished for a more receptive audience. 

Julie Chambers and Kevin, thank you so much for your incredible generosity. We artists are blessed to have you our lives. Thanks also to the amazing Art Vault team, to Sasha Grishin, Helen Healey, Robyn Archer and everyone else who contributed to making the Australian Print Triennial an unqualified success.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The inaugural Australian Print Triennial

Lately I’ve been gearing up for the inaugural Australian Print Triennial. The Powerpoint I've been working on is done at last and on Friday morning I’ll board a flight to Mildura. At 3.30 pm on the following afternoon, Mini Graff, Geoffrey Ricardo and I will speak on a Q and A panel chaired by Sasha Grishin, The Art of Politics Through Print (the opening slide from my presentation is pictured above).

Some real luminaries of the printmaking world are among the presenters and the entire program looks marvellous.

The Mildura BMW Australian Print Triennial will run from 29 October - 1 November.

The Australian Print Triennial Website is HERE.

To download the full Program, go HERE.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

From Hangzhou to Ararat: 'Not Born Digital - Goldfields Printmakers'

Pictured with my digital prints Memory #1 and Memory #2

Not Born Digital – Goldfields Printmakers is making its first public appearance in Australia after travelling to Hangzhou, China in September/October 2015 for the international printmaking conference, IMPACT 9.

The exhibition was launched at Ararat Regional Art Gallery yesterday afternoon by Dr. Loris Button, Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Education and Arts, Federation University Australia and participating Not Born Digital artist.

Huge thanks to the tireless James Pasakos, facilitator of Goldfields Printmakers, who has worked so hard to get this project up and running and Anthony Camm, Director of ARAG, for having us.

Installation view

Shane Jones and Loris Button view the work

ARAG Director Anthony Camm introduces Opening Speaker, Loris Button

From left: Anthony Camm and GP artists Melissa Proposch, David Putney,
Jimmy Pasakos (foreground) Leonie Auhl, Rosemarie Eagle
and Loris Button

Back row, from left: Director of Ararat Regional Gallery Anthony Camm 
with Goldfields Printmakers Deborah Klein, Loris Button, Melissa Proposch, 
Anne Langdon and David Pudney
Front row: Goldfields Printmakers Leonie Auhl, Rosemarie Eagle 
and Jimmy Pasakos

Not Born Digital
Ararat Regional Art Gallery
Town Hall,
Vincent Street,
Ararat, Victoria
T: (03) 5352 2836
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 4.30pm
Weekends and public holidays 12pm-4pm
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

The exhibition concludes on 6 December.

For more about the exhibition and the opening, visit 
Deborah Klein’s Art Blog.

To download a copy of the digital catalogue, go HERE.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Artist talk at the Art Gallery of Ballarat (Part 2)

A big thank you to everyone who came along to my artist talk at the Art Gallery of Ballarat today, especially Kelly and the gallery guides, who made me feel so at ease, I almost forgot what a nervous public speaker I usually am. Thanks also to the guides for the spectacular lunch afterwards and to my partner Shane Jones, who travelled from Melbourne by train to attend the talk, and who took the photographs below. (Click on images to enlarge).

For more snapshots of the talk, visit my Art Blog HERE.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Artist talk at the Art Gallery of Ballarat

Recently I was invited to give an informal artist talk at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. The talk, which is part of the gallery's Art Insights series, will present an overview of my art practice; it is timed to coincide with the group exhibition Parallel Prints (see previous post). 

Over the past weeks I've been compiling a Powerpoint presentation. It's the first I've ever done and I've really enjoyed putting it together. (It certainly won't be the last; I've been simultaneously working on a print-based Powerpoint for the Mildura Print Triennial in late October - more about this in a future post). Meanwhile, a selection of book-related slides from the talk are pictured below.

The event is next Wednesday, 14 October from 12.30 pm - 1 pm. Entry is free and all are welcome. For further information, go HERE.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Parallel Prints launch at the Art Gallery of Ballarat

From left: Parallel Prints artists Antoinetta Covino-Beehre, James Pasakos
and myself. (James is also the exhibition's co-curator)
Although it was only launched last night, Parallel Prints (see previous post) has been open to the public for over a week and is already receiving a tremendous response. The exhibition coincides with the Archibald Prize, the controversial contemporary portrait exhibition that recently travelled to the Art Gallery of Ballarat from its home at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Many of those who initially came to see the Archibald have discovered this less-hyped, more intimate show and have stayed on to spend some quality time with the works.

Parallel Prints is showing concurrently at Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri, New Zealand.

Pictured below and above are some snaps from last night. For more photos of the Parallel Prints launch, go to my Art Blog.

From left: DK with Mark Graver and his partner Tania Booth (right)
co-curators of Parallel Prints and founders of Art at Wharepuke, NZ 

Pictured with my very own Parallel Prints portfolio and my linocut
Ideopsis gaura (Dainty paperwing) Woman

Monday, October 5, 2015

Parallel Prints - One Exhibition - Two countries - 12 artists

Parallel Prints, the Australia/New Zealand exhibition/portfolio that includes my linocut Ideopsis gaura (Dainty paperwing) Woman, opened at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on Friday, October 2.

The official opening event will be held on Friday, October 9 at 6.00 for 6.30 pm. If you are planning to join us, please RSVP to the gallery on
5320 5858.

The portfolio has already been accepted into the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Ballarat and Federation University, Ballarat.

A project of the Art Gallery of Ballarat and Art at Wharepuke, New Zealand, Parallel Prints will be simultaneously exhibited at both venues.

The exhibition concludes on Sunday, 22 November.

For further information, including a list of participating artists, visit the Art Gallery of Ballarat HERE. To see all of the artworks, go HERE.

Pictured top:
Left: Ideopsis gaura (Dainty paperwing) Woman (detail) 2015, hand coloured linocut, 30 x 30 cm. Right: Exhibition details (click on image to enlarge)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Hobart Book Shop

Entrance to the Hobart Book Shop 

My partner Shane Jones and I recently spent five days in Hobart, Tasmania, where we celebrated Shane’s 60th birthday. Our last (and my first) visit was in 2002. I was delighted to discover that this bookshop is still in place – it’s always heartening to see the healthy survival of an independent book store, especially when it’s as impressive as this one.

The Hobart Book Shop stocks a combination of second hand and new books. By the time we’d reluctantly dragged ourselves away, I was the proud possessor of one of each (see photos below).

I must confess I hadn’t heard of the Russian author Alexander Kurpin. It was the book’s intriguing title and the debossed leaf silhouette on the front cover of The Garnet Bracelet that made me impulsively reach for it (leaves are something of a theme in my work at present). There are eight exquisite wood engraved illustrations inside – a portrait of the author opposite the title page and one engraving assigned to each of the short stories. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of the artist. Although the text is in English, the book was published in Moscow by Foreign Languages Publishing House, Union of Socialist Republics. No publication date is provided.

I’m very much looking forward to reading Kurpin’s stories, including Moloch, which I believe is one of his best known. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, my photographs don't capture the fine, dextrous line work that distinguishes the illustrations.

The new publication (in terms of not being second hand) that I acquired is Australia Through Women’s Eyes by Ann Standish. It was published in 2008 by Australian Scholarly Publishing in association with the State Library of Victoria, although I’ve never come across it before. The book primarily focuses on nineteenth century colonial women, several of them writers and artists, including Louisa Meredith and Marianne North, who wrote about the fledgling Australian colony, but, with some exceptions, including Daisy Bates and Beatrice Webb, whose voices have not been widely heard. 

The elegant front cover of The Garnet Bracelet
by Alexander Kurpin
Title page and illustration of the author

Front cover of Australia Through Women's Eyes
Page views from Australia Through Women's Eyes by Anne Standish
Illustration: Kangaroo Apple (detail) by Louisa Anne Meredith 

Page views from Australia Through Women's Eyes. Illustration: Insect Study
by Louisa Atkinson

The Hobart Book Shop, September 2015