Author Archives: maryannadair

Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral | Never Kitsch

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban (born on 5 August, 1957, in Tokyo, Japan) is known for his innovative work with paper; particularly recycled cardboard tubes used to quickly and efficiently house natural disaster victims. He studied at the Tokyo University of … Continue reading

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Mister Lister | What a Twister

Brisbane born street artist, contemporary Australian painter and installation artist Anthony Lister (born 1979+) lives in Sydney but his work can be found worldwide on streets, in galleries and decorating high-end shops and businesses. As a 17 year old teenager, … Continue reading

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Greer Honeywill | Architecture of the Heart

[Above images: Architecture of the Heart  #1 and #2 (2008-2012) Duratran, powder coated light box 96 cm x 62 cm] Australian conceptual artist, Greer Honeywill  (born 1945 in Adelaide, South Australia), studied art at the South Australian School of Art … Continue reading

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How to become a Walker Stalker

British street artist David Walker likes to paint around East London. Walker aims to challenge preconceptions about fine art and urban art painting within the gallery confines and the public domain. According to his website, Walker’s works are mostly in … Continue reading

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Joyeux Noël | Festive Greetings to You All

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) provides emergency food and healthcare to children and women in countries that have been devastated by war or other significant emergencies. UNICEF has been selling greeting cards for over 70 years. These cards … Continue reading

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What a lot of ‘White Noise’ | The Pamela Anderson House

St Kilda West’s “Pamela Anderson House” was once owned by infamous Australian Rules footballer/commentator from “The Footy Show“, Sam Newman. Situated at 270 Canterbury Road, on a former railway reserve, this post-modern style house was built in 2001 by Melbourne … Continue reading

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A Dash of Ash | Up in a Flash

Ash Keating (born Melbourne, 1980) is a male artist born in Australia, currently working in media, sculpture, painting, photography, installation and screen-based performance. Keating painted a 19 m x 7.5 m vinyl billboard on the North Wall of the National Gallery of Victoria … Continue reading

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To Market, To Market, To Buy a Fat Pig

[Featured images by Bartolomeo Passerotti | Two Market Stalls: The Fish Stall and The Butcher Stall (both oil on canvas 112cm x 152cm).] Italian artist of the Mannerist period Bartolomeo Passerotti, was born in Bologna in 1529. He traveled to … Continue reading

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Why do these remind me of the ICPOTA man with his newspaper cap?

[River art installation: Talking Our Way Home by Shaun Kirby, River Torrens, Adelaide, South Australia. (Five glass and steel origami-like boats suggesting movement, transport and the idea of journey)]. Installation artist Shaun Kirby (born London 1958- ) migrated to Adelaide, … Continue reading

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Some Scenics by Phoenix | The Street Artist

Phoenix the Street Artist has been making collage installation street art in public spaces around the Melbourne CBD and beyond since the 1980s. Phoenix works with a combination of drawing and photocopying using cardboard, paper, pencil, pens, box cutters, transparencies, … Continue reading

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From Hot Winds to Hayricks, its a Garden Idyll

[Mrs. Conder (Portrait of Stella)], [Garden Idyll (ca.1906) 65.2 cm x 75.5 cm], [Hot Wind (1881) oil on board 29 cm x 75 cm] and [Hayricks in Giverny oil on canvas]. English-born painter, lithographer and designer Charles Edward Conder was … Continue reading

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How Many Kinds of Sweet Flowers Grow In an English Country Garden?

[Peter Abraham – ‘Sunday Teaparty’ Duke of Wellington Art Gallery, Mosman, Sydney, NSW.] Born in Queensland in 1926, Peter Abraham studied at the Brisbane Technical College in Queensland and later at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, Victoria. Abraham became a … Continue reading

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Adam and Eve or Suzanne and André?

[Adam and Eve (1909) Oil on canvas (162 cm x 131 cm)] Suzanne Valadon (23 September 1865 – 7 April 1938) was a French artists’ model and painter born Marie-Clémentine Valadon at Bessines-sur-Gartempe, Haute-Vienne, in France. She was also the mother … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know About You But … I Decline Myself

[‘I Decline Myself: ABNbookwork” Cottles Bridge, Vic. ThisTooPress, (2009).] Lyn Ashby was born in 1953. Ashby has a PhD (Studio-based, arts research) from Monash University in Melbourne, the London College of Communication (Master of Arts, Typo/Graphic Studies), the Victorian College … Continue reading

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Is the Scalpel Mightier Than the Pen?

ELK aka Luke Cornish is an Australian born street artist who has created unique, powerful images from handmade stencils from Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. His rise within the contemporary art world has been meteoric, becoming the first artist to be … Continue reading

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