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Melbourne born, Gippsland based visual artist specialising in urban landscapes, street scenes and rock ‘n’ roll portraits.
I began studying visual art in 2006 and obtained my Certificate 1V in Visual Arts and Diploma of Art. Since then I have held a number of solo exhibitions and I have exhibited locally in Gippsland, Melbourne, and interstate in group shows. I have also completed a number of private commissions and my work has been purchased by clients in Europe and the USA. I have been shortlisted for several major art prizes throughout Australia including the Fleurieu Art Prize in South Australia, the Hornsby Art Prize in NSW and the Flanagan Art Prize in Victoria. In 2015 and 2016 I was selected as a finalist in the CityScapes competition in Florida, USA.
My current body of work focuses on buildings in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. I was born in Oakleigh and although now based in the country, I am drawn back to my early years in Melbourne and I travel to the city frequently to observe the ever-changing urban landscape. I also find inspiration closer to home in the form of the many interesting buildings to be found around my local area.
I am best known for my renditions of railway stations, dilapidated buildings, pubs, shopfronts and other structures; my objective is to capture the feel of a particular place and give the viewer an insight into that space, revealing the textures, colours and often hidden beauty. I am also very passionate about the local music scene which is a recurring theme throughout my work. I have painted many of the live music venues around Melbourne which have a very important place in our culture, and I enjoy exploring their fascinating history. I work primarily as a painter, but I also enjoy working with other mediums including digital art and photography. My preferred medium is acrylic on canvas or board, but I also incorporate charcoal, pastel, collage and oils into my work.
In 2017 I collaborated with Kim Volkman to edit and publish his autobiography, “The Devil Won’t Take Charity” and earlier this year, 2019, we collaborated again on Kim’s second book, “For Those That Dance With The Skeleton – A Book of Short Stories”.
In November of this year, 2019, I wrote and self published my own book, “Blues Portrait – A profile of the Australian Blues scene” which was launched at The Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy.
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