Author Archives: maryannadair

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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Suggett | I’m Going Down the Corridor via an Ex-Goods Repository

Colin Suggett (Born 1945 in Warrnambool) is a mixed media artist who manipulates perceptions of reality with his miniaturized mixed-media models and tableaux that epitomize and parody contemporary technology and its intrusion into modern culture. Working since the 197os, Suggett … Continue reading

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A Swine Young Family

“The Young Family” (silicone, acrylic, human hair, leather and timber) by Patricia Piccinini. (Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria.) “The Young Family” features an aged, sow-like mother laying on her side with a litter of suckling pups; as an archetypal maternal scene. … Continue reading

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Maersk | Warning: May Contain Traces of Smart Art

The cargo painting by artist Jeff Smart is called Study for Containers and Silos at Zivorno (1990), oil on board (41 cm x 53 cm). Jeff Smart (Full name: Frank Jeffrey Edson Smart), was born in Adelaide on 26 July 1921. … Continue reading

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Compare the Pair #19 | This is Wild Man

Australian sculptor Ronald “Ron” Mueck (born 1958, in Melbourne) grew up in the family business of puppetry and doll-making. After spending time working in the family industry, Mueck turned to sculpture. He first came to public attention with his sculpture … Continue reading

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Can We Do It? | Yes We Can

The Infamous “We Can Do It!” poster which has become a symbol of women’s empowerment has remained popular since its inception in 1942. The original depicts a 17 year old WW2 factory worker who modeled for the poster which was … Continue reading

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The Art of UNICEF Never Gives Up

[Above: Nicolas Fimbari – The Procession – Italy] 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 was created by … Continue reading

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The Hallstatt Karner

Hallstatt is a small village situated in the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria on the south-western shore of the Hallstätter See (lake). It is home to an extraordinary karner (charnel house) also known as a beinhaus (bone house) which hosts … Continue reading

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The Art of Keiichi Tanaami

Keiichi Tanaami (b. Tokyo, 1936) has been an active artist, illustrator and graphic designer since the 1960’s. He refers himself to an Edokko (a person born and raised in Tokyo). Tanaami’s early career took him to San Francisco in 1968, … Continue reading

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Un-Ironed T-Shirt | I’ve Got One of These Too

[Greg Warburton  Self-portrait in Da Vinci T-shirt (2003) acrylic and charcoal and conte on paper on timber 180 x 120 cm.] Greg Warburton (born 1952), trained at Hornsby Technical College and Alexander Mackie College in the 1970s. From 1974 to … Continue reading

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Adelaide’s Landmark Car Park | For Member’s Only

[Car Park: Members Only by Matej Andraž Vogrinčič  22m wide and 22m high was created and commissioned for the Telstra Adelaide Festival of Arts in 2000.] This public installation comprises 15,000 Matchbox toy cars stuck to a brick wall close … Continue reading

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Diamonds Are Forever

[Above: The Schomberg Diamond Ring (ca 1855) contains a Brazilian cut diamond (sometimes called cushion cut or old mine cut) of just under 1 carat, set in high carat yellow gold (not hallmarked). It is set in four claws within … Continue reading

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