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Ceramic news

Over the last few years, I have dabbled with ceramics. Finally I am committing some time to experiment more with the medium.

At the end of 2020, I was commissioned to produce works for a new apartment here in Brisbane. TheTreehouse by Aria now houses several bespoke pieces including 24 individual hand cut wooden paintings.

above:on the studio wall before installation || below: installed at The Treehouse Apartments, Brisbane.

 

These shaped pieces were an extension of some works I did a few years back on paper that I stitched onto a backing and from here I started to roll out earthenware to develop the process further. A gallery owner once told me that orange shaped 2D art doesn’t sell. I chose not to show my work with her anymore.

So, each week I attend a local ceramic class with Helen Davey who’s knowledge and skills make for a somewhat addictive addition to my art processes.

My intention at this stage is to focus on the surface more so than the form. Like many painters who work in this media, ceramics is just another surface to work on. As with painting, my work can appear differently on paper than canvas. The limitations of media and tools dictate the outcomes and styles of my work. That said, beyond making wall pieces from earthenware, I have been hand building, and the three dimensionality of a form is also grabbing my intention. I’m quite intrigued that marks on a  vessel can be rotated to tell a story. So watch this space… this year is really about learning. If I sell a few pieces to cover my tuition and expenses, then I am happy.

I am limiting the amount of ceramics for sale each month for now. So if you would like to be added to the ceramic mailing list please do so here. I will email a day before announcing the work is available to the public. In addition to this,  I will not be selling these works via an agent or retailer. You will only be able to purchase these via my website or in an exhibition. I want to keep this small and enjoyable rather than  the main focus of my art practice.

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Little Things Art Prize Finalist 2020

My “Campfire Gaze’ has been selected for this year’s Little Things Art Prize. Feeling very fortunate to be a finalist this year amongst so many others.

I managed to see last year’s show at Saint Cloche. Although there will be restrictions due to Covid safe plans, the show will go on. 

EXHIBITION DATES – SEPTEMBER 16TH – 27TH
PRIZE DAY – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26TH

Venue:
SAINT CLOCHE Gallery
37 MacDonald St, Paddington NSW 
And for those who can’t go, ( like me)  the show can be viewed online.

This work is available for sale at the show. 

TWO OF THE ABOVE IMAGES ARE FROM THE LITTLE THINGS WESBITE

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New Works at Boom Gallery

Tiel Seivl-Keevers

For those of you who have still got a a job, and have recently looked at your credit card statement and seen how much you have saved whilst being in lockdown because you haven’t been spending your money on random stuff you don’t need, or long lunches with friends….I have news for you.

Boom Gallery in Geelong, Vic have recently updated their online profile to support all the artists they represent. I recently send them some new works, all very affordable and at a size that will happily found its place in any home or home office, or a present for someone who is just having a terrible time.

 

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Above: “Blue Trees 1” and “Blue Trees 2”

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Above: “Old Man Gum”

 

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Above: “Unchartered Landscape 1”

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Above: “Water and Earth”

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January

2019 was a busy year on the home front. We gutted our kitchen, bathroom, courtyard and laundry…amongst fixing and replacing other areas around the house. I’m typing this post in February and we still have some issues to complete…I won’t mention the amount of stuff ups that occurred, but I will say that from May to December last year I probably had a handful of uninterrupted days in the studio. Not enough to produce the work I had hoped for.

I do have a rocking new kitchen and bathroom which I love.

December was spent away in Europe for what will probably be our last big family holiday. The kids will be 16 and 18 this year so will likely want to spend less time with us once they complete school. Parenting has had its challenges too and all in all I was glad to see the end of 2019.

My studio time started slowly towards the end of January. I was finally able to get my head around commissions and focus on some of the ideas I wanted to develop artistically. Until now I hadn’t really unfolded my trip to Central Australia from last September. This is my first priority. I have seen some amazing landscapes these last few months. So much diversity in colours, shapes, and atmosphere. From dust storms, drought, fires, smoke fill oceans, icy peaks in Southern Europe, rainy grey days in ancient cities to marvellous tropical storms that have brought much needed rain. Plenty of photos have been uploaded to Flickr if you wish to see them.

So I have lots to think about. Paint about. Make about.

To do this I am being diligent and writing most mornings my intentions and plans in a journal.  I have a tendency to float too much around concepts and not stay grounded long enough to feel satisfied with my outcomes.

More to come for February.

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Studio time

2019 has been full of interruptions for me due to house renovations….which have been in full swing since May and sadly will still be weeks away. My studio is at home so there for my usual peace has been constantly disrupted with questions, planning, ordering, supervising, jack hammering, and a tribe of blokes who wander in and out of the house from the early hours of the morning.

Even though I would love to have my kitchen finished, (or would just love to have a clear and honest hand over date instead of the bullshit that we keep getting), I am starting to have more hours of concentrated studio time.

 

I’m painting, playing with ceramics and also textiles with better intentions to work towards a more cohesive body of work for 2020.

The only welcome disrupters are of the dachshund kind.

Here are a few snippets of my workspace.

 

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Studio happenings

Over the last month I have been spending every spare moment in the studio.

I have the sense that this year is going to flyby. Family commitments have been locked in already: trips;  weddings and school demands.  In May I have two exhibitions. One in Brisbane and the other in Adelaide. (what was I thinking) I will have all the details first via my Instagram page and also here on my website.

So in this post I just wanted to share a small amount of the works that are in progress. It looks very much like a dog’s breakfast at the moment, and I feel like I have no room to move at times. Landscapes, particularly trees and even more the eucalyptus trees in my own backyard are the source of my investigations.

This summer has been relentlessly hot and dry. The heat has caused so much stress to the trees, that they have shed their bark so dramatically this year, revealing the most amazing colours and textures. I’m looking forward to cooler days so I can get out and walk more within the landscape.