Author Archives: maryannadair

These Tins Really Take the Biscuit!

From Melbourne Open House -“Cabinets of Wonder” ephemera collection at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. entitled – ”The Welcome Guest”. These biscuit tins belong to the personal collection of “TG” [Occupation: Driver]. In reference to his collection, TG says: … Continue reading

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Chrissy Amphlett | You’re Not Like the Rest

The late Divinyl’s singer Chrissy Amphlett helped put Australian rock music on the international map and is recognised with a permanent accolade to her in the form of a renamed lane off Little Bourke Street between Spring and Exhibition Streets, … Continue reading

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These Conor’s Are Probably a Gonner

Street artist Conor Harrington was born in Cork, Ireland in 1980.  These days he is living and working in London, where he considers himself as a ‘painter’ rather than street artist or gallery artist, to which he is both. Harringon’s … Continue reading

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Successfully Sensitive | Emotionally Unstable

Brit D’Argaville’s  ‘Political Problem’ [Neon transparent synthetic polymer resin, 39.8 x 122.6 x 6.4 cm. Exhibited at Start Up – Top Arts 2015 National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)] Using specific colour and font, Brit D’Argaville’s ‘Political Problem‘ draws on gender … Continue reading

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Tea for Two and Two for Tea

Peter Philippi was born in 1866 in Trier. He studied between 1885-1902 at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Art. Between 1895 – 1902 Philippi was taught at the Academy by Professor Eduard von Gebhardt. Upon completion of his studies, Philippi … Continue reading

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Compare the Pair #20 | Every Picture Tells A Story

Original Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre-August Renoir. Other, modern day representation and replication of the event by unknown photographer recreating image for The Age Good Weekend prize. Pierre-August Renoir’s (1841-1919) Luncheon of the Boating Party stands as a … Continue reading

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Heads Will Roll…

Here is a “Heads Up” on three different artists who have headed-up in the name of art. Sarah McConnell ‘Dropped Heads‘ (2008) [Ceramic 140 x 80 x 18 cm overall] from Access Gallery exhibition, Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre in … Continue reading

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In the Room and Around the ‘Bend

[Above left: Fisherman’s Bend (1963) and above right: The Room] Australian artist Victor George O’Connor was born in Preston, Melbourne on 21 December, 1918. He studied at the prestigious Melbourne High School and studied law at Melbourne University where in late … Continue reading

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Looks Like the Death of the Library

[Above: Architectural Fragment by Petrus Spronk]. Architectural Fragment (1992) is a Pythagorean triangle which expresses a strong association with the geometry of ancient Greece. The sculpture is made from Port Fairy blue stone and is situated outside the State Library … Continue reading

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Jack Dracula | The Marked Man

Photo: Jack Dracula by Diane Arbus. Jack Dracula: “The Marked Man” had over 1000 tattoos which in his day were valued at US$6000. Some notables include: a pair of trompe-Poeil goggles, the winged cap of Mercury with a rose cluster … Continue reading

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Ex Libris: To Library of Congress Subject Headings

Gil McKenzie – Ex Libris.  McKenzie describes this artwork: “Essentially my aim was to bring new life to old objects. In my sculpture, Ex libris, I used old books which I sourced from op shops, my own home, and those … Continue reading

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I Found it at the Dock

Barbara Rowe artist and Melburnian Docklands resident, uses material found throughout the Docklands area for her art. Rowe has also taken inspiration from the immediate surrounds to produce these woven forms. Harbour Ball (2012-13) palm inflorescence. Found: Harbour Esplanade. Technique: … Continue reading

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Fictitious Realities are No Hi-Jinks

Above: Untitled “Babies” (2012), silicone, pigment, resin and human hair. (36 cm x 36 cm x1 8 cm) Courtesy of artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney. Also: “The Hanging Man” (2005), silicone, fibreglass, aluminium, human hair, pigments (140 cm x … Continue reading

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Old Spoke – For Oksep Pokes

OKSEP street art may still be found around Melbourne’s streets and lane-ways. His work is extremely dark and somewhat disturbing. He has borrowed upon Wild Man and has re-imagined it with one of his dark and ghostly characters, grasping him … Continue reading

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All the Camp Dogs Sing This Song

Ku (2012) [Natural ochres with acrylic binder on milkwood] by Garry Namponan; and Ku (2012) [Natural ochres and charcoal with acrylic binder on milkwood] by Roderick Yunkaporta. Garry Namponan (born 1960+) is a Ku (camp dog) sculpture artist, home is … Continue reading

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