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Solomon Islands

In 2014 I held a studio in the Solomon Islands as part of an Art Haus Residency at the National Gallery of the Solomon Islands. This country (which is made up of hundreds of islands) is a truly remarkable and mysterious place. Despite my westernised view of the exotic, the experiences I had there have only re-inforced my view of the magic and astounding beauty of these Melanesian Islands.

Rock n' roll walking stick

carved iron wood and shell inlay

110 x 19 x 9 cm

This is a collaborative work with Solomon Island artist John Seda. John is an important figure in the Solomon Island art scene, he has work held in major museums and is often exported for the international market. He works primarily in wood carving.

detail

detail

John Seda and Joel Gailer

lino-cut on paper

35 x 35 cm

As well as collaborations I also produced some solo studio work.

Attainment #6 (Paradise bird), 2014  acrylic on canvas  200x100cm

Attainment #6 (Paradise bird), 2014

acrylic on canvas

200x100cm

   Attainment #7 (Ed's Island)  unfinished   acrylic on canvas  90 x 200 cm

 

Attainment #7 (Ed's Island) unfinished

acrylic on canvas

90 x 200 cm

This is one of the lovely ladies who showed me how they use printing processes in the Solomon Islands to make the Lava Lava

This is one of the lovely ladies who showed me how they use printing processes in the Solomon Islands to make the Lava Lava

A typical banana leaf hut

A typical banana leaf hut

A roadside market in SI with my host family

A roadside market in SI with my host family

H.W.Y dreams

H.W.Y dreams is an on going line of enquiry. In which I carve text and images into the rubber of a car tyre. The tyre is then inked like a traditional lino-cut print and printed directly onto the gallery floor. The text often links ideas about the repeat with popular slang related to driving and travel. Sentences such as You'll Go Far Baby are carved into the rubber of the tyre.

Installation view

H.W.Y (She's copying me)

car tyre relief print

dimensions variable

H.W.Y dreams (Give me some relief)

car tyre relief print

dimensions variable

Installation view

Installation view

H.W.Y dreams (you'll go far baby)  car tyre relief print  dimensions variable   

H.W.Y dreams (you'll go far baby)

car tyre relief print

dimensions variable

 

H.W.Y dreams 3

four car tyre relief prints

dimensions variable

Detail

Detail

Magazine prints

Printmaking is largely miss-understood in a contemporary art context and generally confined to historical processes.

This is the departure point for these works. I see printmaking as potentially the most relevant form of contemporary art, it straddles both traditional and contemporary visual culture. Using a historical knowledge of print and visual production, I acknowledge that printmaking is the origin of our current visual world. All visual technologies derive from the historical processes of printmaking.

Looking towards mass production as a form of printmaking. I produce prints as published pages in popular visual art magazines.

The process of mass produced offset lithography is an updated version of the traditional stone lithograph with this insight I produce my own version of printmaking as mass produced unlimited print editions available at the cost of a magazine.

The aesthetic is text and basic forms, commenting on print and popular culture simultaneously.

I work outside the traditional concepts of unique object exclusivity limited edition and gallery.

My work is an attempt to democratise/inform/play/quote/humour and revitalise printmaking.

PRINT  offset print on five separate pages of Art Almanac  22 x 150cm  Finalist in the East Gippsland Artist Book Awards

PRINT

offset print on five separate pages of Art Almanac

22 x 150cm

Finalist in the East Gippsland Artist Book Awards

Hors de commerce

offset print on two pages of Art Collector

150 x 150cm

Finalist in the Hazelhurst Works on Paper Award

Unique state  offset print on two pages of Art Monthly  dimensions variable  Finalist in the Ex Libris Artist Book Awards

Unique state

offset print on two pages of Art Monthly

dimensions variable

Finalist in the Ex Libris Artist Book Awards

H.C

offset print in Art Collector

30 x 40cm

Finalist in the Archangel Art Award 2010

Hotmetal

offset print in Island literary magazine

22 x 12 cm

Finalist in the Burnie Print Prize 2009

Four panel form  offset print on two pages in Art Almanac  42 x 60cm  Finalist in the Geelong Print Award 2009

Four panel form

offset print on two pages in Art Almanac

42 x 60cm

Finalist in the Geelong Print Award 2009

Hot process  offset print in Art Almanac  22 x 15cm  Winner of the Fremantle Print Award 2008   

Hot process

offset print in Art Almanac

22 x 15cm

Winner of the Fremantle Print Award 2008

 

Painting

Painting has always interested me, I studied painting before printmaking, it is a responsive medium that can yield surprising results. I often incorporate painting with print.

Morte (X)  oil, charcoal, rust, and ochre on canvas and three care tyre relief prints.  240 x 180 cm

Morte (X)

oil, charcoal, rust, and ochre on canvas and three care tyre relief prints.

240 x 180 cm

Detail

Detail

America in Art  commercial sign writing  10 x 2m

America in Art

commercial sign writing

10 x 2m

(Untitled)

oil, charcoal rust and ochre on canvas

180 x 180cm