Visual Arts

Traffic Jam Galleries : Black and White/ Works on Paper


It is a mix of works previously seen and new works by some of the favourite artists from the gallery’s stable..I will be concentrating on the new works rather than ones I have already reviewed. The set theme for the exhibition is Black and White and/or works on paper. There is a great variation in size , some taking up almost an entire wall ( eg Miriam Innes with her New York Meandering , full of incredible detail and thrusting diagonal lines of the staircases). Continue reading Traffic Jam Galleries : Black and White/ Works on Paper


Featured image – Camp Dog 2002-03.

Lena Yarinkura was born in 1961 and works in Ankabadbirri, a small coastal town in north-east Arnhem Land.

Lena first learned the technique of string bag weaving and pandanus basketry from her mother. In the early 1990’s Lena moved away from creating purely functional domestic objects out of pandanus fibre and started making sculptural forms that represent both the physical embodiment of ancestral beings and animals observed such as camp dogs, bandicoots, spiders, bush pigs and bush mice.

This exhibition is curated by Clothilde Bullen, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections and exhibitions.




Featured : Senne Mestrom ‘Soft Kiss’ 2011.

Drawn entirely from the Museum’s Collection, TODAY, TOMORROW, YESTERDAY considers the impact of the past and the influence of history on artistic practice today. From contemporary interpretations of ancestral stories to the continuing effects of early to mid twentieth century ideas, each room presents a different perspective on the history of the present.

The title and exhibition reference the circular timeless wonderment of TODAY, TOMORROW, YESTERDAY celebrating the different artists deep and ongoing interest in different social, political, cultural and aesthetics histories.

The exhibition is curated by MCA Senior Curator Natasha Bullock. The exhibition runs until 31 December, 2017.




Featured image – The Pretty Face Of Domesticity 2014 (c) Jenny Watson 

Jenny Watson is a leading Australian artist whose conceptual painting practice spans more than four decades. Curated by MCA Curator Anna Davis, this survey exhibition features works from the 1970’s to the present, including examples of Watson’s early realist paintings and drawings and a number of key series of works on fabric.

Inspired by both punk and feminism, she has travelled  widely since the 1970’s and utilises textiles collected on her travels as the surface of many of her paintings, which also often include collages materials  such as images  from magazines, horse’s hair, ribbons, bows and sequins.

Many of Watson’s works feature self portraits and altar egos, a cast of long haired women, horses, rock guitarists and cats who enact life’s ongoing psychodramas.

This exhibition is on until 2nd October, 2017 at the MCA.



Project Kollective Spaces first exhibition focuses on the cultural and environmental significance of trees. The PKS artists explore the complex human-tree relationship, and celebrate the everyday beauty of trees, by using photo media, film, installation, drawing and painting.

20th September – 1st October at the Bondi Pavilion Gallery.

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A very captivating exhibition has invaded the Traffic Jam Galleries reshaped space with works by Jenny Green (INTERPLAY) and Rebecca Pierce ( THE SIMPLE LIFE) .Both are bright , bold ,vivid and entrancing . what is also exciting is seeing the contrast and range of styles produced by both artists.

First , considering Jenny Green’s exhibition INTERPLAY . From her studio in Sydney’s Northern Beaches Jenny Green creates her sculpture in bronze, steel & resins. Her work is represented in private, public & corporate collections, and has won a number of awards. Green exhibits at traffic jam galleries at Neutral Bay and in group exhibitions including with the Sculptors Society.

In 2015, Jenny was appointed to the Board of the National Art School..Her work is currently shortlisted in the Northern Beaches Art Prize. As displayed here, Green’s abstract sculptures of steel can be of strong ,coloured, dynamic ‘singing ‘ lines , full of energy and ‘eating’ space .They vary considerably in size – some of them are small, while others are large and free standing ( eg INTERPLAY 1 & 2 ) and have a pebbled floor , as if invoking a Zen garden.

Green’s bronze figurative sculptures ( eg Rapport , Hey There ) are semi abstract and often have a great feeling of weight and heaviness ,yet this is combined with a sense of pulsating energy and movement .Some sit or stand on plinths the bodies in discussion or thought.

Rebecca Pierce’s exhibition is entitled THE SIMPLE LIFE.Pierce primarily works with paint, inks and fine points on canvas and paper.Pierce has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. She has been a finalist in major art prizes including the Glencore Percival Portrait Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Heysen Art Prize, the Fishers Ghost Art Prize, the Hawkesbury Art Prize, the Hunters Hill Art Prize, the ANL Maritime Art Prize and the Willoughby Art Prize. Rebecca’s work is represented in corporate and private collections in Australia and internationally.Ths particular exhibition includes some of her trademark bright, bursting thickly textured floral arrangements ( eg Country , Red Roses Blue Vase IX , Blow That Cone Full Salute ) but also features a very different change in style ( or two ).

There are some wonderful abstract multi textured,rather large ,swirling canvases painted with many layers of mirror resin , some also including straw attached , which are full of bold dynamic colour and energy . (eg The Simple Life C Dandelion) Flow parts 1-3 is like a triptych of a giant rolling wave . Major social issues are also commented on with for example The Motion of Transition diptych of paintings.There is perhaps a sense of unsettling un predictability and we see how Pierce interprets the human face and form (there is also a self portrait included) and the reading of the natural landscape around us and how these interweave.

A very striking exhibition.

Jenny Green’s Interplay and Rebecca Pierce’s The Simple Life run at the Traffic Jam Galleries 9 – 31 August 2017




Featured image – Dr Ella Dreyfus and her artwork, ‘Ich bin Jude’. Photos by Ben Apfelbaum.

During the Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s production of Kindertransport, Sydney artist and educator  Dr Ella Dreyfus is presenting selections from her latest exhibition Walking in Wiesbaden in the new Gallery Space at the theatre.

Dr Dreyfus’ artworks bring to life the names and identities of her German Jewish ancestors in the streets they walked and lived in.

Whilst undertaking an Artist-In-Residence residency at the Kunsthaus, Wiesbaden this year, she created a series of public art installations which act as contemporary memorials to those who perished in the Holocaust as well as acknowledging the lives of her father and uncle, Richard and George Dreyfus, who left on a Kindertransport ship, the SS Orama, arriving in Melbourne in 1939, where her composer Uncle still resides. Continue reading ARTWORKS ON KINDERTRANSPORT THEME ON DISPLAY @ THE ETERNITY PLAYHOUSE

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes : Art Gallery Of New South Wales

Featured image – Archibald Prize winner Mitch Cairns  and wife Agatha Gothe-Snape in front of his winning portrait of his wife. All images by Ben Apfelbaum.

To the delight of Sydneysiders and I suspect the Board of Trustees there was the usual post Archibald and Wynne controversy.

Distinguished veteran John Olsen opined words to the effect that the winner of the Archibald Prize was not a portrait but a decorative Matisse like painting. A Herald letter writer said that she would no longer paint in the European tradition but would paint dot paintings.

David Gonski, the Director of the Board of Trustee, announced the Prize winners at midday last Friday with a huge media contingent present.

The Archibald Prize, worth $100,000, went to Sydney artist Mitch Cairns for his portrait of his artist-wife Agatha Gothe-Snape.

The Wynne Prize, worth $50,000, went to Betty Kuntiwa Pumani for ‘Antara’, her portrait of her homeland.

The  Sulman Prize, worth $40000, went to Joan Ross, for her painting, ‘Oh history, you lied to me.’

Jun Chen was highly commended for his portrait of former gallery owner Ray Hughes.

The  Young Archies finalists are on exhibition until 22nd October with the announcement of the winner taking place on 16th September.

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman exhibitions are on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until the 22nd October.

The ANZ People’s Choice Announcement will take place on Wednesday 4th October.

The Salon-des- Refuges exhibition will be on display at the SH Ervin Gallery until Sunday 15th October.


This exhibition is on view until 12 August at at Dominik Mersch Gallery in Rushcutters Bay, NSW.

Lottie Consalvo is a Newcastle based artist working across painting, performance, video and photography.

Consalvo’s work explores altered states of consciousness. Her abstract paintings all have a performative element and capture a physical presence for imagination, memory and psychological transition.

Since her return from living and working in Germany in 2012, where she developed her performance practice, her work has gained increasing recognition and prestige.

This current exhibition presents the dark side of human desire and examines the relentless nature of the human condition. IN SILENCE questions if our nourishing of endless desire is healthy for our souls and foregrounds the probability that desire can push us to self destruct. Continue reading EXHIBITION : IN SILENCE BY LOTTIE CONSALVO



‘Romantics’. Oil on Canvas. Elizabeth Green.

A very exciting small ‘pop up’ exhibition is currently showing at Traffic Jam Galleries, featuring the work of artist Elizabeth Green.

Elizabeth Green is a Sydney based artist living in the bush surrounds of Kenthurst. She works in oils and in mixed media of charcoal and ink, exploring the fragile connection between the delicate beauty of nature, and its existence within the harsh and rugged land.

Much of her style is also inspired by her experience as a mother of four, as well as her trials and triumphs as a person living in a wheelchair. In May she was awarded a Highly Commended in the Hunters Hill Art Prize.

Green’s work is dynamic and full of energy.
What is intriguing is the range of styles and moods, sizes and media used … some of the works are delicate, almost abstract, possibly looking like watercolours rather than oils (eg Romantics or Land Surface) and deceptively softly coloured yet vivid. Black Earth, however, is strong and looming with a hint of sky. The rough texture of the soil is wonderfully evoked.

Her drawings are also eye catching, very strong and powerful and full of dynamic energy. When We Met leaps out of the frame with its use of line and sense of solid energy. Black Wings is explosive in its use of line and composition and treelike ‘wings ‘. Is the person haunted by depression? Landing or taking off?

Renewal is mostly dark and sombre but there is a hint of life and joy with the fresh plants beginning to emerge. Obeli (again ink on paper) is quite different from the other works included.The title could mean either ‘a mountain, tree, or other natural object resembling an obelisk in shape ‘ ( here possibly trying to go up a misty mountain?) or that the work was indicating that it was perhaps referencing the deceased. The painting is free with zingy brushwork and possibly looks like music dancing – or is it tears ?

Elizabeth Green’s exhibition run at Traffic Jam Galleries July 21 -August 3 2017.



Victorian Watercolours were the first works of Art purchased by the fledgling Art Gallery Of New South Wales in 1874. For the following three decades British watercolours by living artists were actively acquired. Greatly prized in their day and more affordable than oil paintings, watercolours were viewed as highly appropriate additions to emerging colonial galleries, as well as providing an educational role for students and aspiring artists. Continue reading WATERCOLOURS EXHIBITION @ THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES


Featured photo – Lisa Wilkinson AM, retiring Head Packer Steve Peters and behind the winning entry Peter Smeeth’s portrait of Lisa. Pic Ben Apfelbaum.

‘High drama’ this was. This was the last time Steve Peters, after forty years on the job, selected the Packing Room Prize worth $1500. Peters has handed the reins to Breet Cuthbertson who will judge this coveted prize for the foreseeable future.

As the winning prize was announced, the sitter, Lisa Wilkinson, suddenly strode into the room. She was told that her portrait had won just as she emerged from surgery  on her right arm three days ago, due to a fall in Italy. Groggy after the operation she thought it was the Kerry Packer prize! The occasion was the first time that she had seen the portrait and she was absolutely delighted with it. ‘He got me’, she told the gathering.

Adding a touch of poignancy to the prize giving the artist, Peter Smeeth, was at the same time delivering a eulogy for a very dear  friend  in Yass. Lisa said. ‘This is the mark of this man.’

In the background of this portrait is a reflection of her family who were all present at the function.

Gallery Director Michael Brand noted that no Packing Room Prize winner has ever the Archibald Prize. Furthermore, the Prize had never been won by a reclining subject. He advised that if you are an arts punter don’t bet on Peter Smeeth’s portrait to win!

Finalists for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes were also announced at the ceremony, as were the finalists for the Young Archie competition.

The announcement of the winner of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes will take place on Friday 28th July at noon.

The 2017 Young Archie winners will be announced on Saturday 16th September and the People’s Choice announcement takes place on Wednesday 4th October.


A large coffee table book, beautifully presented and lavishly illustrated, this is an intriguing book for art lovers brought to us by the excellent Wakefield Press.

Christopher Heathcote is one of Australia’s foremost art critics, has published a number of books on Australian painters, and  is a regular contributor to the current affairs journal Quadrant.

Linked in with the current exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art we gain a fascinating insight into the life of Dobell. The book is in effect divided into four sections with a Forward by TarraWarra Museum of Art director, Victoria Lynn.

In her forward Lynn says that the exhibition and this book places Dobell in context, from his working class roots and ‘ between the two camps of the Academy of Arts and the more avante- garde Society of Artists ‘.

The book and exhibition also examine the links and friendships between Dobell and his contemporaries such as Russell Drysdale, Donald Friend, Margaret Preston, Justin O’Brien.

Dobell maintained close friendships with many of these artists and in the 1940s Dobell controversially became a Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, an influential advocate for rising artists, again indicating how important he was to the mid-century Sydney art scene.

Heathcote,  in his curatorial essay, has written a tremendous examination of Dobell’s life and work. We see how Dobell was concerned with ordinary people, painting subjects ranging from ordinary men and women seen on the streets of Depression-struck London to Sydney’s Kings Cross.

Much mention is made of his 1943 Archibald prize win for his portrait of Joshua Smith and the huge controversy this created , and how it badly affected Dobell afterwards.

Heathcote also looks at Dobell’s work practices, how he developed ideas from sketches to paintings.

DISCOVERING DOBELL stresses Dobell’s trademark style – elongation and lashings of paint – and prominently features the artist’s controversial and recognisable portraits of Joshua Smith, Dame Mary Gilmore and Helena Rubinstein, together with other major themes of his extensive output, including paintings of grinning Ockers, ( Billy Boy ) struggling young mothers, ( Cockney Mother) cheeky street children at play( Cockney Kid With Hoop) and haughty women intent on keeping-up-appearances. (Mrs South Kensington).

Dobell became quite a society portrait painter at one point . We can see his very strong solid use of shape and form. Some striking landscapes are also included of London in the 1930’s. .There is also his portrait of The Cypriot – quite startling for its time – and his portrait of The Strapper.

The book’s overview is completed with analysis of Dobell’s experimental drawings and paintings from New Guinea, ( for  example Highland Natives and The Thatchers) as well as his little-known ventures into abstract form once he moved to Wangi Wangi, some paintings just completed with ball point pens.

This book reminds us of the major creative achievements of this great Australian painter and brings these achievements alive for the younger generation of art lovers.

Category Arts, Architecture and Design
Format Jacketed hardback
Size 290 x 260 mm
ISBN 9781743054802
Extent 112 pages

Price: AU$49.95 including GST.




Celebrate young Australian talent and get up close and personal with the enchanting entries in the Young Archie competition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Part of the family program for the 96th annual Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition, the Young Archie competition invites budding artists aged five to 18 to embrace the genre of portraiture, and paint a portrait of someone who is special to them and plays a significant role in their life.

This is the fifth year the family-friendly Young Archie competition has run alongside the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes and it has become a much-loved annual event for Gallery-goers.


The Young Archie 2017 Exhibition is on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from the 29th July to the 22nd October 2017. Admission is free.

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Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2017 exhibition

Get up close and personal with the topical, the influential and the sometimes scandalous portraits of the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The highly anticipated and much loved annual showcase of the who’s who in Australia celebrates its 96th year in 2017.

Competing for the Archibald’s $100,000 prize money, artists from across the country embrace the genre of portraiture, creating works, in the terms of JF Archibald’s will, ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics’. Continue reading Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2017 exhibition


The first of its kind for Sydney, The Bayanihan Philippine Art Project is a collaborative multi venue celebration that presents numerous opportunities to discover and explore Filipino art and cultural practice across the city this winter.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Blacktown Arts Centre, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Mosman Art Gallery and Peacock Gallery & Auburn Arts Studio, in association with Museums & Galleries NSW, are partnering to present a multi-arts program that celebrates contemporary art and culture of the Philippines and the strong ties that this country has to Australia.

The art of the Philippines has been largely under-represented and under-explored in visual arts programming in many Australian cultural institutions. This project seeks to redress the imbalance and to examine the diversity of contemporary art forms and artists of the Philippines and present them to Australian audiences.

Mosman Art Gallery on Sydney’s North Shore is taking a lead role in the project with its presentation of Halò – an exhibition by internationally acclaimed installation artists, Alfredo Juan Aquilizan and Isabel Gaudinez-Aquilizan, alongside the creative talents of Sydney based multi-media artist, JD Reforma.

Perhaps the most ambitious installation ever to be shown at Mosman, the belly of the Gallery has been filled with a large scale construction that dominates the main exhibition spaces. The Aquilizan’s ‘fleet’ of military-like vessels, amassed and waiting mid-journey and all handmade from ubiquitous cardboard boxes, appears in whole floating between two floor levels. It is a powerful and challenging statement sensitive to the social and complex issues of migration and of the artists’ own personal history and transient experiences.

These much in demand contemporary art practitioners supplement the exhibition with significant works from their own archive reflecting the artist’s practice of recycling materials and works wherever possible.

Taking over the Gallery’s Cube Space and it surrounding walls, is the work of JD Reforma, a young Sydney based artist with Filipino family heritage. Reforma’s layered video works convey aspects of the complex and often violent ways in which American culture has entered the Filipino psyche.

In his digital and popular soundtrack mash-up ‘Coconut Republic’ (2017), five films convey conflict, linked by the fact that each was shot on location in The Philippines but set elsewhere; Filipino jungles and landscapes serving as an aesthetic stand-in.

Reforma also investigates notions of popular culture and the cult of celebrity in his darkly humorous ‘Confidently Beautiful, with a heart’ (2017) a work about the Miss Universe 2015 pageant, at which Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was crowned winner. As Reforma notes in the exhibition catalogue: “I think it’s particularly resonant now to revisit and assess this post-Trump institute in the context of a very Trumpian reality.”

A series of special community events and public program is programmed across the city. Halo, a free exhibition, is on show at Mosman Art Gallery until September 11.

Featured photo – A photo showing the entrance to  Mosman Art Gallery, one of Sydney leading suburban galleries.


The latest exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries features two artists from its stable – Anakita Escalante with Sydney Surroundings and Danielle McManus with Wild.

Anakita Escalante’s work is an exploration of the relationship between the man-made and the natural, examining how we live and interact from the fringes of Sydney to the tumultuous bustling of the CBD. Her invigorating paintings feature a glorious use of texture and strong, dynamic composition.

Her subjects range from the iconic Coca Cola sign at Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge and the Archibald Fountain to striking rock faces and crashing waves (Sea Breeze).

In Fun on the Waves we are almost on board the bobbing boats. There are some striking portraits of Hornsby Lighthouse at different times of day while Rainy Day – The Rocks is grey and mysterious. Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : ANAKITA ESCALANTE AND DANIELLE MCMANUS IN EXHIBITION


Queensland artist Clinton Barker makes his Sydney debut in July with his exhibition NEW LIGHT : PAINTINGS AND PRINTS at Darlinghurst’s ARO Gallery.

The official opening will take place on the 14th July between 5 pm and  8 pm with guest speaker Basil Hall of Canberra’s Basil Hall Editions.

Clinton Barker is an established award-winning professional artist whose work has been shown many times in Queensland and northern NSW galleries.

His involvement in art began in his early childhood when he was taught printmaking skills by his grandmother. Continue reading NEW LIGHT: RECENT PAINTINGS AND PRINTS @ ARO GALLERY DARLINGHURST



This current exhibition at Glebe’s Shop Gallery represents the first solo exhibition by  Sydney artist GWA (aka Wade Goring).

Working as a digital artist and illustrator, the exhibition sees a selection of GWA’s unique work brought into the analogue world as large prints to canvas and paper. Further works are presented on clothing and homewares.

GWA’s work is largely influenced by and comments on queer culture, comic art, street art, pop art, pop surrealism, cinema, concept design and advertising.

This artist was a finalist in the Contemporary Art Awards for the last two years. He was also a finalist in the inaugural Queer Art Prize Australia 2017 and controversially won ‘Best Painting’ at Bent Art 2016. GWA has also been an Avant Card featured as well as exhibiting internationally.

Drop in to the OUTRAGEOUS ANIMALS exhibition, experience the art, meet the artist, purchase a piece or pick up some fun freebies.


OUTRAGEOUS ANIMALS will be on view  from June 15 – 21 at The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. The Gallery is open from noon to 7 pm each day.

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“ Here lies Raphael: when he was living, nature feared he would defeat her, now that he is dead, she fears her end is near.”

From the team that has produced “The Vatican Museums”, “Florence and the Uffizi Gallery” and “St. Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome”, we are privileged to see a stunning examination of the life and works of one of the greatest Renaissance artists.

Widely regarded and celebrated as an “enfant prodige” by both his peers and generations to follow, together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael completed the triad of Renaissance Masters.

Raphael’s life and works traced the development from the arts of the Renaissance to Mannerism bringing the figurative arts to unprecedented heights.
He died young, aged 37, on his birthday, and yet managed to leave an unforgettable mark on the artistic world. Continue reading RAPHAEL : LORD OF THE ARTS


The current exciting exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries is a combined show – Kathryn MCGovern’s DOG SHOW and Sally West’s AROUND TOWN. They are very different artists in subject and style and it makes for a captivating event.

Kathryn McGovern’s exhibition is a series of wonderful canine portraits. McGovern, over the past few months, visited various dog shows in Queensland and mingled with cossetted canines, breeders, stewards and judges.

Individual canines are depicted in great detail and we marvel at the variety of colours, shapes and sizes of the assorted dogs.

Reference photos were combined with on location observations together with McGovern’s imagination to create the final vibrant product of ink and paper.

The paintings are witty and delightful. They feature an exceptional use of composition and an intriguing use of ‘ negative space’.

From beagles to dachshunds,  Churchillian bull dogs to tiny chihuahuas, giant Dalmatians and medium sized terriers, the various breeds are wonderfully shown. Some of them are full of bristling enthusiastic movement, whilst others are posed and poised.

We see it all from the canine perspective, there are no full human portraits but some pictures include legs and arms of the judges/owners.

SALLY WEST’S exhibition AROUND TOWN is her response to the environment in which she now lives. Internationally exhibited West is predominantly an ‘en plein air’ painter, with most of this exhibition’s works having been painted on site.

“I see the harbour and Sydney through different eyes now as an adult and mother, I now crave to capture them as a painter”. says West.

West’s current exhibition is a documentation of her favourite places that she has found in Sydney over the past 6-12 months.

The paintings feature a series of extremely thick, swirling brushstrokes full of wonderful texture, Many of the works are full of vibrant colour and dynamic composition, remarkable images of  the sea or landscapes, including Crown Road, Study From Berry’s Bay,  and Double Bay to Darling Point. The iconic Sydney Opera House is painted from above.

This was an exciting exhibition with special appeal for canine fanciers and landscape lovers.

This current exhibition is on display at the Traffic Jam until 25th May.



To mark the 75th Anniversary of the Japanese submarine attack on Sydney Harbour, Mosman Art Gallery has organised a multi-media site-specific exhibition staged in an oversized old naval fuel tank at Headland Park, Georges Heights, overlooking the scene of the World War II account.

Six Australian and Japanese artists have interpreted the event in a contemporary context, offering large–scale installations, paintings, soundscapes and immersive experiences that consider war and conflict on a global scale, while evoking one of Sydney Harbour’s darkest moments.

When the Japanese opened fire on the night of 31st May 1942, it was a brazen strike that created fear and havoc across Sydney and around the nation. War was brought home to Australia’s Eastern States. Continue reading TOKKOTAI : A NEW EXHIBITION BY CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN AND JAPANESE ARTISTS


The mind of Harrison Earl is a manifestation of adolescent hobbies. Comic book artists and characters, heroes, heroines and villains from decade-past anime and a fair share of 90’s alternative rock music provide the context for the surrealist art of Harrison Earl.

BLACK RAINBOW is an artistic dichotomy of the human form. The title of the project encapsulates each piece within the exhibition; the idea of opposition and contrast through a dreamlike vision. Through this, a singular recurring character will travel within artworks telling an interconnected, subjective story throughout the various dream states. Continue reading BLACK RAINBOW : A SOLO EXHIBITION BY HARRISON EARL @ M2 GALLERY


Alyssa Palombo’s book THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FRANCE strikingly captures the dangerous allure of the bond between artist and muse with delicacy, candour and unforgettable passion.

Palombo is also the author of The Violinist of Venice. She has published short fiction pieces in Black Lantern Magazine and The Great Lakes Review. A recent graduate of Canisius College she holds degrees in English and creative writing. A passionate music lover, she is a classically trained musician as well as a big fan of heavy metal. She currently resides in Buffalo, New York.

Divided into three sections, the book opens in Genoa where Simonetta Cattaneo was born and lived. She is believed to be the model for some of Sandro Botticelli’s finest paintings, including The Birth of Venus. 

She was married to Marco Vespucci of Florence in 1469 at the age of sixteen and moved there upon her marriage. Even before her betrothal with Marco was official, Simonetta was drawn into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers.

The men of Florence―most notably the rakish, rather sinister Giuliano de’ Medici―become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her even more desirable and fashionable …

Florence, however, does not really agree with Simonetta as she eventually keeps on becoming ill. She suffers from recurring mysterious fevers – it turns out Simonetta unknowingly developed TB.

The book follows Simonetta’s tragically short life as she is wooed by the promise of life in artistic, learned Florence, befriended by the mighty Medici family and then moves in the top echelons of Florentine society, what we would now call the A-list, and is given the mixed blessing of being declared the most beautiful woman in Florence.

Simonetta’s unhappy marriage to Marco is well described. The developments of art, music and culture are also mentioned – Donatello’s David , the works of Fra Filip Lippi the amazing dome at the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, as designed by Brunelleschi.

Simonetta’s story is a poignantly sad one, but also strikingly feminist as she fights to be acknowledged for her sharp mind and education (she is bookish and intelligent with a very inquiring mind) and scorns the attention paid to her because of her astonishing good looks. It is Botticelli who sees past her looks to the curious and thoughtful woman within, and through that relationship with him she is immortalised in some of the most treasured works of the Renaissance .

Breaking all convention, Simonetta agrees to pose for Botticelli leading to the creation of his famous The Birth of Venus. Do the two become lovers?  Or is it a chaste affair following the rules of courtly love of the time?

You will have to read the book to find out. Boticelli asked to be buried at Simonetta Vespucci’s feet, in the Chiesa di San Salvatore di Ognissanti, where he remains to this day, makes this an even more seductive love story.

Though little is known of her real life, this story gathers what facts do exist to build a lyrical , fascinating and compelling narrative that is not just a love story. This is an enchanting book that captivates and makes you want to dash to the Uffizzi Gallery.
IBSN: 9781925481167

  • Format: Trade Paperback
    Pub Date: 26/04/2017
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Historical romance
    Fiction & related items / Historical fiction
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: $29.99



The Home@735 Invitational Exhibition will be featuring artworks from the Badger & Fox Collection including photography by Andre Kertesz, Brassai, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Garry Winogrand, Max Dupain, Olive Cotton, Bill Henson and a painting by Brett Whiteley.

Home@735 Gallery has invited a number of Sydney artists to submit a work for the exhibition with several artists creating responses to individual artworks from the Badger & Fox Collection.

Painter Nick Collerson will be responding to Brassai’s iconic photograph Eating at the Velodrome, Alice Couttoupes will be creating a ceramic wall work in response to an Olive Cotton photograph, Sarah Goffman will make a still life assemblage responding to an Andrea Kertesz photo and Tom Polo will paint his response to Jacques-Henri Lartigue’s 40 Rue Cortambert, France, taken in 1903.

Other artists works exhibiting include Patrick Hartigan, Mclean Edwards, Madeleine Preston, Charmaine Pike, Nicola Smith, Michael Johnson, Clara Adolphs and video by Kate Mitchell. The show will focus on portraiture, still life and landscape painting.

The exhibition opens on Thursday the 15th of June and runs till the 9th of July.

Thursday June the 15th 6-8 pm at 735 Bourke Street, Redfern.

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