The Heart and Soul of Ghostpatrol

[Above:] Some examples found around Brunswick, Fitzroy, Collingwood and Melbourne CBD areas over a period of time from 2007-2017.

Street artist, cartoonist, muralist and general creative artist, David Booth aka Ghostpatrol has travelled the world painting and pasting his art using familiar themes of nature and the inner child for his illustrations on buildings and street art murals. Originally from Hobart, Ghostpatrol moved to Melbourne in 2006 and has worked on his art and street art installations since then. In his earlier days he often collaborated with fellow street artist Miso. [See above: B/W wheat-paste on dark green background].

Ghostpatrol uses various media for his street art projects using pasted posters, soft sculpture, watercolours and print-making often referencing childhood nostalgia, pop culture and incorporating works of hybrid animals.

He is sought after by commercial and artistic companies as well as local and international street artists. However, Ghostpatrol insists he is not creating art for profit or fame but purely out of a love for creating; and the single biggest reward – peer recognition.

  • These days, he spends his time creating pen and ink drawings for galleries.
  • His works can be found on large scale walls, gift cards and the National Gallery of Australia collections.

Follow him via Instagram @ghostpatrol or have a look at some of his upcoming events:

  • Investigation Mission @ Melbourne Museum 14-20 January, 2018
  • Adelaide Biennial @Art Gallery of South Australia 3 March – 3 June, 2018

Enjoy! For there’s no self control – when liking a Ghostpatrol!

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Thangue You for the Violets

[Above]: “Violets For Perfume” (c.1913) oil on canvas, 109 x 95 cm Diploma work accepted 1913. (Royal Academy collection).

English realist rural landscape painter Henry Herbert La Thangue was born in Croydon, Surrey, on 19 January 1859.

La Thangue attended Dulwich College where he met fellow painters Stanhope Forbes and Frederick Goodall. He studied painting first at the Lambeth School of Art and then, from 1874–79, at the Royal Academy, London, winning a gold medal for his work in 1879.

This led to a prestigious scholarship for 3 years at the studio of Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Here, La Thangue came under the influence of the Barbizon school of open-air landscape painters, despite the fact that his teacher was strongly critical of the movement. He was associated with the Newlyn School like Henry Rheam.

  • Between 1881–82 La Thangue spent time painting on the coast of Brittany, and later in Donzère in the Rhone valley (1883).
  • That same year he became a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
  • La Thangue returned to England three years later, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and many regional galleries.
  • He became involved in a failed attempt to reform the Royal Academy, helping to found the rival New English Art Club (NEAC) and exhibiting his work there.
  • By the late 1880s, La Thangue moved to South Walsham in Norfolk.

In the early 1890s he settled in Bosham, Sussex, where he continued his large-scale rural genre paintings and eventually made his base at Haylands in Graffham, Sussex, though he also spent much time painting in Provence (after 1901), Liguria (1903–11); and the Balearic Islands.

  • La Thangue died in London on 21 December, 1929.
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The Fairy Dell Dream of the Great Henry Rheam

Above: Henry Meynell Rheam “The Fairy Dell”

English painter Henry Meynell Rheam was born in Birkenhead on Merseyside on 13 January 1859.  He studied in Germany; London at Heatherly’s; and at the Académie Julian in Paris, working primarily in watercolour before settling in Newlyn.

  • Rheam is known for his pre-Raphaelite paintings, as well as being a staunch Quaker and first cousin of Henry Scott Tuke.
  • He first settled in Polperro, but moved to St Peters, Newlyn in 1890 at the age of 31.
  • From 1897 Rheam became the Honorary Secretary/Curator of the Newlyn Society of Artists; a post he continued loyally in for over 20 years.

By 1900, he married Alice Elliott and the couple lived at Boase Castle Lodge, Belle Vue, Newlyn; later moving to West Lodge in Alverton, Penzance in 1914, where he lived out his remaining years, until his death on 14 November 1920.

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A tureen to help store your emotional cabbage?

Above: Cabbage Tureen by Paul-Antoine Hannong, from Hannong Factory Strasbourg, Alsace, France (ca 1754-1762) – Faience earthenware (tin-glazed), 21.2 × 34.6 × 33.1 cm (Collection of National Gallery of Victoria, International).

Faience (tin-glazed earthenware) and porcelain were the principal products of the Hannong Factory enterprise during the early 18th century. Founded by Charles-François Hannong and later administered by Paul-Antoine (1730–60), it continued  to operate under third generation son Joseph-Adam Hannong (1762–80). The Hannong’s were early practitioners of over-glaze painting in France and Strasbourg colour schemes were often dominated by an intense carmine colour.

During the 1740s and 1750s the factory developed a range of brightly painted, highly decorative services as well as tureens made in natural forms such as shells, birds and vegetables. This was the golden age of trompe l’oeil productions and the factory’s greatest productions were its tureens and pot-pourri which were imitated by other factories throughout Europe, including the Chelsea and Derby potteries in England.

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Welcome to Benvenuti’s Art

Gianni Benvenuti (1926-2005) was an Italian-born illustrator of children’s book. Both images are from ‘The Little Elf and Other Stories” (1960) retold by Jane Carruth.

The book includes the following Hans Christian Anderson stories:

  • The Nightingale,
  • The Ugly Duckling,
  • The Little Elf,
  • The Magic Tinderbox,
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes,
  • The Coach with 12 Passengers

Anderson; the son of a poor cobbler, was born in Denmark in 1805. He became a successful writer of children’s stories and tales, despite his adversity, when both of his parents died when he was only 11 years of age.

  • Hans Christian Anderson died in 1875.
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Schenk’s Sheepish Anguish

Danish-born artist, August Friedrich Albrecht Schenck was born on April 23, 1828 in Glückstadt, Denmark. He became well known for his landscapes and paintings of animals.

He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and afterwards in Paris, specializing in painting landscapes and animal subjects, which were often seen as a metaphor for human relationships and society. These included several snowy, winter landscapes depicting sheep struggling for survival, such as Anguish.

  • Schenck died in Écouen near Paris on January 1, 1901.

With Anguish, (see above), a brave ewe stands defiantly over the limp body of her lamb. Blood from the lamb’s mouth trickles on to the snow.  The pair is encircled by a mass of menacing black crows. The situation appears hopeless, despite the bravery of the ewe.

  • The painting belongs to the National Gallery  of Victoria International collection.
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You Should Walch Out for This Artist’s Works

Charles Walch  – The Blue Window, 1939 (oil on canvas 65cm x 59cm)

French artist, painter, engraver and sculptor, Charles Walch was born on 4th August 1896 in Thann (Alsace) and died on 12 December 1948 in Paris. Walch suffered from birth with an atrophied right arm and a right leg which was shorter than the left and as a consequence, learned to paint with his left hand. Despite his seeming disability, he graduated from college and studied handcraft followed by studies at the Industrial Society of Mulhouse.

  • In 1923 he exhibited at the Salon des Independents and became Professor of Drawing. From 1929, he settled in Paris where he stayed for the rest of his life.
  • His work was noticed in 1934 by critic George Besson, who then became his friend and supporter. By 1937, Walch started receiving rewards.
  • In 1941, he participated in the exhibition of “20 Young Painters of the French Tradition” the first painting exhibition of avant-garde artists to be shown during the French Occupation.

Charles Walch was appointed Knight of the Legion of Honour. He died suddenly from a subarachnoid hemorrhage on December 12, 1948, while painting in his Paris workshop.

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Do You Like These Posts?

If there are leggings and jeggings, what do we call guerilla knitting covers for tree trunks and posts – treggings and peggings?

Anyway, I thought I would put together a collection of festive stockings which have been created to cover the trunks and posts in Melbourne.  Normally they are on display near Swanston Street’s City Square, but due to train station upgrades, there are some on display in the Bourke Street Mall near the Myer Christmas Window display which is always a crowd-pleaser.

Not sure if these are still made by yarn-bombing group Yarn Corner, but this year’s offerings have little tags hanging off them stating ‘Approval for installation provided by City of Melbourne Urban Forest and Ecology Team‘.

If you have a bit of time spare, you can always get out your knitting needles or crochet hook and help cover the town – one stitch at a time.

Season’s Greetings, I hope you like these Christmas posts!

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, Thy Candles Shine Out Brightly!

English artist, Janet Ledger was born in Northampton in 1934. She studied painting at the Northampton School of Art.

Janet’s misty industrial landscapes and paintings of people have a marvelous feeling for atmosphere and colour, combined with a strong sense of observation of life. Nothing escapes her notice, whether it is people on holiday, at work, a city skyline at night or people out shopping in busy London streets.

  • Her work is often compared to that of L.S. Lowry, whom she visited as a teenager.

Janet exhibits with a number of well-known regional galleries and is in many private and public collections including The Tate Gallery, National Westminster Bank and many others.

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There’s No Duckin’ These Chickens in this Form of Art

Above: Ma Yali  – “Brigade Chicken Farm” (1973).

Chinese “Peasant Painting” or “Folk Painting” reflects on the farming lives of the vast countryside of China during the 1960s.  Its style represents both old and new in its art.

  • Old – because it originates from the thousand year traditions of embroidering, batik, paper cutting and wall painting.
  • New – because as a genre of painting, it has emerged with the help of trained artists.

Above: Li Zhenhua“The Brigade’s Ducks (1973).

Peasant art is totally free of staleness and has a vigorous artistic impact that is strong, sincere and bold.  Its exaggerated modeling, distortion and surrealistic style can give a feeling of truthfulness and naivete.  The vivid colours and composition are very imaginative and cheerfully decorative which showcases the simplicity of people who live away from the complexity of ‘big city’ life.

  • In the second half of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in early 1970s, the works of amateur folk/peasant artists were promoted as representatives of the innate creative genius of the masses, and as living proof that everyone could and should practice art.
  • The most well-known of these artists from were from Shanghai, Yangquan and Lüda, who mounted a successful exhibition in Beijing in 1974;  along with the peasant painters from Huxian Shaanxi Province.
  • The latter even became internationally acclaimed for their naive, colourful style in painting when they were given the opportunity to exhibit their work in Paris in 1975.
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Time to Share Hampshire’s All In a Garden Fair

Above are six in a series of images by Ernest Lewellyn Hampshire, aka E. L Hampshire  (1882-1944), entitled, “All in a Garden Fair“.

Born in East Dulwich on 16th June 1882, Hampshire was a professional landscape artist, water colourist, oil painter, etcher and architect.

  • He studied at Clapham School of Art, Heatherley’s, the Central School of Arts and Crafts, and in Cornwall under J. Noble Barlow.
  • Hampshire exhibited between 1907 and 1938 at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Institute, the Paris Salon and also at the Walker Art Gallery.

This springtime floral show reminds me of the last verse of that old-traditional song “In An English Country Garden” where it states:

“How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?
We’ll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you’ll surely pardon
Daffodils, heart’s ease and flox
Meadowsweet and lady smocks
Gentain, lupine and tall hollihocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots
In an English country garden.”

It’s a rare affair , so let’s be aware and celebrate “All In a Garden Fair.”

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Discoveries & Memories of the Statues of the Tuileries

The famous Tuileries Garden are on almost everyone’s Parisian adventurers ‘bucket list’, and it is very easy to see why. The Tuileries were named after tile-yards (Tuileries) on the site, prior to a Palace was built for Catherine de Medici. The Palace was burnt down in March, 1871 by the Communards but the gardens remain, for us to enjoy – and that we are truly grateful for.The Garden includes many wonderful sculptures within its Grand Carré. Most of these were erected the 19th century and include:

  • Louis Auguste’s Lévêque’s Nymphe – 1866 and Diane Chasseresse (Diana the Huntress) – 1869, which mark the beginning of the central allée which runs east-west through the gardens.
  • Auguste Cain’s Tigre terrasant un Crocodile (Eng Tiger Overwhelming a Crocodile) – 1873 and Tigress Portant un Paon a Ses Petits (Tigress Bringing a Peacock to Its Young) – 1873, which are featured near by the two small round basins.

The large round basin within the garden is surrounded by statues on the themes of antiquity, allegory and ancient mythology. Statues in violent poses alternate with those who are serene. On the south side, starting from the east entrance of the large round basin, include:

  • Jean-Baptiste Debay, Pėre Périclès Distribuant les Couronnes aux Artistes (Pericles Giving Crowns to the Artists) – 1835
  •  Denis Foyatier, Cincinnatus,  – 1834
  • Paul Jean Baptiste Gasq, Médée, 1896
  • Jean-Baptiste Hugues, La Misère (Misery) – 1905
  • Charles Nanteuil, Alexandre Combattan (Alexander Fighting) – 1836
  • François Sicard, Le Bon Samaritain (The Good Samaritan) – 1896

On the north side, starting at the west entrance to the basin:

  • Louis Ernest Barrias, Le Serment de Spartacus, (The Oath of Spartacus) – 1869
  • Laurent Honoré Marqueste, Le Centaur Nessus enlevant Dėjanire (The Centaur Nessus Carrying off Dejanire) – 1892
  • Aimé Miller, Cassandre se met sous la Protection de Pallas – 1877
  • Étienne-Jules Ramey, Thésée Combattant le Minotaure (Theseus Fighting the Minotaur), – 1821
  • Julien Toussaint, Roux, La Comédie – 1874
  • Henri Vidal, Cain Venant de Tuer son Frére Abel (Cain Coming from Killing his Brother Abel) – 1896

The Grand Couvert contains a number of important works of 20th Century and contemporary sculptures, including those by:

    • Magdalena Abakanowicz, Manus Ultimus – 1997
    • Paul Belmondo, Apollon – ca 1933
    • Paul Belmondo, Jeanette – ca. 1933
    • Daniel Dezeuze, Confidence – 2000
    • Erik Dietman, L’Ami de Personne – 1999
    • Eugène Dodeigne,  Force et Tendresse – 1996
    • Henri Laurens, La Grande Musicienne – 1937
    • Roy Lichtenstein, Brushstroke Nude – 1993
    • Giuseppe Penone, Arbre des voyelles – 2000
    • Étienne Martin, Personnages III  – 1967
    • Germaine Richier, L’Échiquier, Grand  – 1959
    • Anne Rochette, Un, Deux, Tros, Nous – 2000
    • David Smith, Primo Piano II – 1962
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4EVR Young: Malcolm Young

Vale Malcolm Young who sadly died on 18 November, 2017 at the age of 64. He along with some of his brothers became a part of one of Australia’s most iconic bands of the 1970s+ AC/DC.

Malcolm, Angus, and George Young were born in Glasgow, Scotland, and moved to Sydney with most of their family in 1963. Eldest brother George became a member of the Easybeats; one of Australia’s most successful bands of the 1960s, who had an international hit with the song “Friday on My Mind” which was recorded by David Bowie, amongst others.

Malcolm and Angus Young developed their own band which was named after their sister, Margaret saw the initials “AC/DC” on a sewing machine.

  • “AC/DC” is an abbreviation meaning “alternating current/direct current” electricity.
  • Although “AC/DC” is pronounced one letter at a time, the band is colloquially known as “Acca Dacca” in Australia.

The brothers felt that this name symbolised the band’s raw energy, power-driven performances of their music.

On October 1, 2004, Melbourne’s, Corporation Lane was officially renamed “AC/DC Lane” in honour of the band,  (This change was made in part because the music video for “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” was filmed on Melbourne’s Swanston Street, near AC/DC Lane.

The above images which commemorated the lane were created by street artists around this time – although none are likely to remain.

The following are some of AC/DC’s greatest hits:

  • dirty deeds done dirt cheap
  • highway to hell
  • let there be rock
  • high voltage
  • it’s a long way to the top – if you want to rock ‘n’ roll
  • jailbreak
  • TNT that’s dynamite

Acka-Dacka is 4evr like Malcolm is -4evr Young

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It’s a Great Illustration – But No Cigar!

Above: Inside of cigar box illustrated by Eirene Mort containing wood working tools belonging to Nora Weston ca. 1920.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Eirene Mort’s death at the age of 98, a fitting time to consider her life and work. Thanks to a generous gift from her heirs Canberra Museum and Gallery is well endowed with artefacts from Mort’s art practice. From 30 September 2017 – 25 February 2018, they are presenting her art in Eirene Mort: A Livelihood.

Australian artist, Eirene Mort was born on 17 November 1879 at Woollahra, Sydney. She attended St Catherine’s Clergy Daughters’ School, Waverley and studied painting with Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo and Albert H. Fullwood. In 1897 she travelled alone to London where she completed courses at the Grosvenor Life School, the Royal School of Art Needlework and the Royal College of Art, South Kensington, gaining an art-teacher’s certificate.

Returning to Sydney in 1906, Eirene Mort set up a studio with her lifelong friend Nora Kate Weston. Mort was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris and later studied medieval art, illustration and illumination, and etching with Luke Taylor. On her return she made many etchings using historical and rural subjects.

  • Her studio became one of Sydney’s earliest centres for professional design and applied art, and she was a founder of the Society of Arts and Crafts of New South Wales becoming Vice-President until 1935.
  • She helped to organize and publicize the Australian Exhibition of Women’s Work in 1907.

By 1921, Eirene Mort was a founder  and council-member of the Australian Painter-Etchers’ Society, honorary treasurer of the Australian Ex Libris Society and a member of the Australian Bookplate Club. She was also a founder of the Australian Guild of Handicrafts.

  • She lived at Greenhayes, Mittagong, from 1937 and continued to teach until she moved to Bowral in 1960. Unmarried, Eirene Mort found time in her busy life to maintain contact with her large extended family, becoming its focal point and historian until she died at Bowral on 1 December 1977; where she was later cremated.

Copy of exhibition brochure for Eirene Mort: Livelihood is available from Canberra Museum and Gallery.

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Knock, Knock, Who’s There?

Above: Henri Martin: Gabrielle at the Garden Door, 1910 (201cm x 105.4cm) London.

Renowned French impressionist painter Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin was born in Toulouse on August 5, 1860 to a French cabinet-maker. Martin successfully persuaded his father to permit him to become an artist; and in doing so, began his career in 1877 at the Toulouse School of the Fine Arts.

  • In 1879, Martin gained a scholarship to Jean-Paul Laurens’ studio in Paris.
  • Four years later, he received his first medal at the Paris Salon, where he would hold his first exhibition three years later in 1886.
  • The following year, he won his first medal – a scholarship tour in Italy.

At the 1900 World Fair, Martin was awarded the Grand Prize for his work. During this period, he became friends with Auguste Rodin.

Although Martin’s work as a neo-Impressionist is not considered ground-breaking, his work was well-received, and has been associated with world-class symbolist painter, Puvis de Chavannes.

Due to his introverted temperament, Martin decided to move away from Paris. After a decade of searching for an ideal home, Martin bought Marquayrol, a mansion over-looking La Bastide du Vert, near Cahors.

  • He created his best work here until he died on 12 November, 1943.

Knock knock who’s there, is this Gabrielle calling? –  if so, then open the doors and come inside!

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