Drawing workshop with Fabrizio Biviano

Exhibition/Gallery visits, Sketchbook

Last Saturday, I spent a fantastic creative afternoon with my good friend at Arthouse Gallery in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

They have exhibited the artist work Fabrizio Biviano Potemkin Still Life Blues for the past month and through the Art At Night event they held a drawing workshop run by the artist. He has sold all his paintings exhibited!

Fabrizio said that he is a High School teacher whilst pursuing his Artist career. He was previously a Graphic Designer which is clear with his influence of text in his paintings.

His paintings caught my eye from viewing them on the Arthouse Gallery website. They are vibrant and refreshing from thinking of a traditional still life. He painted the collection with oils on canvas. He includes alot of symmetry in the collections painting which he was unsure to why but also spoke about his background in Graphic Design having an influence. He has painted Australian native plants standing up in disposable coffee cups and often crumpled cups. Underneath the cups are books stacked up and scrumpled blue tape. I didnt mind the tape, he said he likes the use of them to create movement within the paint. He spoke about how he uses the edge of the painting to be messy, to let out frustration sometimes and to share the process of the painting and colour use.

He ran an inspiring workshop, with about 5 arrangements for 30+ people to sit around to study and draw. It was a free workshop and very popular! He took us through the steps to break down the arrangement that we were looking at. We did non-dominant hand sketches and also focused on the shapes within the arrangement.  He introduced tone and texture. It was a very relaxing environment to be in and to spend the time drawing.

Whilst studying my drawing degree we would often do drawing exercises to help us look and study what we are drawing as appose to what we think it looks. Handy warm up exercises and starting to get everyone in the creative zone.

It was a great workshop and hope to do more of them in the future.


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Our tables final sketches

Nice to see the different angles of the same arrangement.

Sculpture by the sea 2015

Exhibition/Gallery visits

I visited the Sculpture by the sea Bondi event which involves about a 2km walk to see the sculptures from Tamarama beach to Bondi. I did the walk with my friend Fi who is the creator of Bitesize Traveller food blog.

It is a stunning walk in itself, and it was such a beautiful day with the ocean waves crashing against the coastline perfectly. I would find it hard as a sculptor to decide on a sculpture that would work with such breath taking views all around.

From the start there was a dominating sculpture of a copper fist which welcomes you onto the beach. We then walked to the right of Tamarama beach to find a wooden beamed structural piece which you could walk under. It made me think of the wooden supports that are used when boats are being made. Even though it was a large sculpture I felt like it worked we with its surroundings.

The next sculpture which caught both mine and Fi’s eye was these large squeezy bottles that actually squirted water! Great fun for adults and children alike! They had a fun element which I commended.

We strolled along the path and stopped to look at a collection of bird sculptures which had been created or represented islands off shore of Australia. They gave a sense of symbolic meaning behind the making.

As we walked along, we saw an interesting piece which was set back from the ones on the direct coastal path. It was a sculpture reflecting modern thoughts around being ‘watched’ or your life being intruded by CCTV. It had about 15 CCTV cameras all pointing to one spot which I stood under. I liked this piece for its connection with current views.

We had a really fun time looking at the different submission. There were themes on reflections and having an involvement in the sculpture to experience it. I thought about how the sculptures fitted with their surroundings and whether that was a key feature to the sculpture.

Funsworth at Art Gallery NSW

Exhibition/Gallery visits

I work for Holdsworth Community and I had the privilege of going to the exhibition viewing of the Funsworth program at the Art Gallery NSW.

The Funsworth program is for children with intellectual disabilities. The Thursday and Friday groups have been working with the art gallery on a series of projects. A local school has also been working with the Funsworth program by providing students to help and work with the kids.

The exhibition presented the final outcomes from a project inspired by Matisse, where the kids created works inspired by his colour works. They also created clay birds and decorated them. Certificates were given out to the kids and students. What a great result, well done Funsworth!

Art Gallery NSW

Daily Inspiration, Exhibition/Gallery visits

I walked around the different galleries; they have an impressive range of artworks. Here are a few pieces I was inspired by:

Elioth Gruner – Spring frost 1919, oil on canvas

I love how this painting draws your eye in by the shadows of the cows, the light outlined on the cows add to the impression of the low light being reflected through the cows. Although nearly 100 years old, I find it quite contemporary with how Elioth Gruner tackles the use of light.

Spring Frost Spring Frost close up
Botanical GardensAfter visiting the gallery, I walked through the park and thought of ‘Spring Frost’ and how the light was coming through the trees. It made me think about the skill involved in the painting and how I just I could take a phot just like that.

The above pieces I enjoyed viewing. I liked the abstract colour of Mary Webb’s painting, the painting makes you want to work out what is in the painting. I like the layering process of colour and mapping used in the other piece.

Jennifer Allora – Shapeshifter 2015 used sandpaper on canvas. Another interesting piece for it’s use of used sandpaper to create the piece.

Achibald Prize 2015

Exhibition/Gallery visits

Carla Fletcher – Finalist and my favourite!

Carla Fletcher - Jennie Lee

Jenny Lee

Portrait of Australian Fashion Designer, Artist Jenny Kee

Mix Media on Linen, 1.5m x 2m

Image couresy of http://carlafletcher.com/

I am so glad I popped along to the Archibald Portrait prize. This piece includes fine detailed drawing with vibrant painted colours, which is hard to combine – this is why I love it. Looking closer at the piece, she stuck separate pieces of paper for the different sections. I like how the red outline is very distinct against the solid background. The expression of Jenny is great, you feel warmth and happiness.

Jenny Lee

photo of Jenny Lee, courtesy of https://ilbonito.wordpress.com/tag/australia/

Looking on Carla Fletcher’s website, she is an Australian Artist and she produces amazing detailed pencil and mixed media drawings and studied Fine Art Drawing.

Winning portrait was Nigel Milsom’s Judo house pt 6 (the white bird)

I also liked the work of Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang, looks into the notion of the stage between being alseep and awake (which I looked at with my Sleep series in 2009-2010)

Junior Archibald Prize 2015 my favourite by Kyle Wadsworth, fine detailed pencil drawing of his grandma.

Kyle WadsworthKyle Wadworth

Chuck Close at the MCA

Exhibition/Gallery visits

Chuck Close – Prints, Process and Collaboration

Chuck Close is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale intricate patterned portraits. Though a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he continues to paint and produce work that remains sought after by museums and collectors. Lives and works in New York.

I was glad to see the exhibition in Sydney today as it reminded me of studying his work for the first time during my A Levels. One of the things that intrigues me most about Close’s work is how he works from ridged grids but is able to capture an abstract nature in the way he applies the medium.

It was very interesting to see the developmental works of his large scale prints. I was surprised by the amount of different mediums he has worked with. Particularly his work where he compresses different shades of paper pulp (from white to black) into a metal grid to create a portrait. Close paints uses both hands on the brush.

MCA Review of Chuck Close – Prints, Process and Collaboration

20 Nov 2014 -15 March 2015

Illuminate Bath festival

Exhibition/Gallery visits

Part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad organised by Bath Spa University and Relays. I volunteered as a festival steward with 15 or so others, we worked in pairs at the artwork installation locations – our main job was to let the public know about the festival and hand out festival guides. It was pretty cold but we did get a hot drink and pasty as part of it!

It was interesting to see a variety of artists work using the theme of light and interactivity. I particularly enjoyed seeing Danish artist, Tina Bech’s work Catch Me Now as children (and a few adults) naturally got involved, chasing spotlights that reacted with their movements, with a lot of fun and pleasure. I liked the artist’s simplicity and making art fun.

Heres a few photos I took..

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