Tuesday, October 25
I have been selected for the 2011 Directors Cut Exhibition. This is an online exhibition that will feature on the Blake Society’s website from Wednesday 26 October 2011 until 31 January 2012. www.blakeprize.com.au
The blake prize
Since its inception in 1951, The Blake Prize has stimulated a fascinating dialogue between art and religion in all its manifestations in Australia. the Prize is named after the legendary British artist and poet William Blake (1757-1827) whose broad range of artistic and poetic innovations, visionary imagination and radical politics made him an outsider in his day.
The Prize was instigated by Jesuit priest, Michael Scott and a Jewish businessman, Richard Morley. They hoped that the establishment of a prize would encourage artists of disparate styles and religious allegiances to create significant works of art with religious content.
In difference to art prizes that are awarded for distinct subject areas such as landscape or portraiture, the Blake has always invited a much more open, personal and idiosyncratic response, so much so that it has earned the criticism, ire and sometimes applause of critics and the public alike. After all, what is religious or spiritual art?
Friday, October 21
I'm back from Shanghai and back in the studio. The image above is of home made dumplings for my wife's cousin on the day he got married. I had a slight hand in making the dumplings.
Had a look at some contemporary painting in Shanghai. No real stand outs, although I did experience a great sound installation exhibition from an overseas artist. (can't remember where the artist came from) I didn't visit the Shanghai museum this time, but I did get a book on historical Chinese landscape ink paintings.
While I was relaxing in Shanghai some great news came through. I with a couple of other abstract artists have secured a group exibition at 45downstairs gallery. Will keep you posted on developments.