New Portrait: 'Phoenix' - Caitlin Hughes

The subject of this work is Caitlin Hughes, a mosaic artist based in the Blue Mountains. Caitlin lost her house at Yellow Rock in the 2013 bushfires. Since then she has made a series of mosaics from reclaimed materials, salvaged from the ruins of her house.

I see Caitlin as a Phoenix, rising from the ashes, and turning sadness and loss into beauty through her art.

The work is currently hung in the Blue Mountains Portraits Exhibition in Katoomba.

Opening 6-8 pm Friday 25 January 2019. All welcome!


Image: Myself and model Caitlin at the opening of the Blue Mountains Portrait Exhibition

Paint making workshop at Lyttleton Stores

I will be teaching an oil paint making class at Lyttleton Stores in Lawson, Blue Mountains, on the 10th of March 2019.

All welcome!

Details on the Make Your Own Professional Quality Oil Paints Workshop.

Artist talk at the S H Ervin Gallery

I will be doing an artist talk at the S H Ervin Gallery at 3pm on Sunday December 2. All welcome!

Details available on the S H Erwin Gallery site. Click on the image for details.

Secrets of the Masters - Workshops

I am doing some workshops at Hughes Studio in the Woodford Academy, Blue Mountains. The first in the series is Vermeer.

Secrets of the Masters Series Secrets of Vermeer - with tutor Sophie Haythornthwaite

Dates: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2018

Times: 10am – 5pm both days

Fees: $220 + $30 materials fee

Venue: The Woodford Academy – 90-92 Great Western Highway Woodford NSW.

Download the Secrets of the Masters Workshop pdf here.

See more information on the Hughes Studio website.

Click the image above to download full course details

News - Finalist Portia Geach Prize 2018

The Portia Geach Memorial Award is Australia's most prestigious art prize for portraiture by women artists. Sometimes referred to as the female Archibald Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Memorial Award is given annually "… for the best portraits painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the twelve months preceding the closing date for entries".

My entry is titled' What Remains', a portrait of Australian author Denise Leith.

Denise is the author of 'Bearing Witness: The Lives of War Correspondents and Photojournalists', and 'The Politics of Power'.

The interviews she conducted for these books took her all over the world to the scenes of wars, massacres and horrific violations of human rights. From this research came Denise's first novel, 'What Remains'. The title comes from the story of Pandora's box. When all the evils of the world were unleashed there remained one small creature at the bottom of the box; hope.

Several years ago Denise was involved in a near fatal car accident. Her whole outlook on life became one of uncertainty. No only the question of whether she herself would live, but of what still held meaning in life, what was worth living for. Denise's strength in adversity and refusal to become cynical in the face of injustice, and her continual quest to understand life and do meaningful work in times of global uncertainty are an inspiration.

I hope that my portrait captures both her fragility and her strength.

I have woven in to the portrait references to the Pandora myth.

See more information on the Portia Geach Prize 2018.

What Remains

Portia Geach Memorial Award 2018 - 12 Oct 2018 until 02 Dec 2018

S.H. Ervin Gallery: Watson Road, Observatory Hill (The Rocks) Sydney

Open Tuesday - Sunday 11AM-5PM. Closed Mondays & Public Holidays. Ph: (02) 9258-0173.

News - Semi Finalist- Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

The same portrait of Denise Leith was also chosen as a semi finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2018.

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known.

Unfortunately I had to make a choice to remain in the running for the Moran and lose my place in the Portia Geach, or withdraw from the Moran. I decided to stay with the Portia Geach as I have never been hung in it before, and I have been a Moran Finalist once before, in 2010.

Next year I will be sensible and not enter the same portrait in two prizes!

To see details on the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2018 go to Moran Prizes.

For any other information, further details on the works, or sizes and prices please contact the artist.

News - Exhibition

I am part of a four person exhibition at the Fellia Melas Gallery, 2 Moncur St, Woollahra, 2025.

The exhibition opening is from 2-4 pm on Saturday 22 September 2018 and will run until the 15th October.

My works for the show feature surreal-looking flowers in a landscape setting. Also available in the stockroom are some works from previous exhibitions and a study for the body of work I am planning for 2019, based on dolls and puppets.

For any other information, further details on the works, or sizes and prices please contact the artist or Fellia Melas Gallery.

White Bat Flower
Bat Flower
Black Bat Flower
White Bat Flower
Magnolia Grandiflora
Poppies in a niche
Still Life after Justin O'Brien