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BirdFireHuman

This work, Updraft,  is part of a project I’ve commenced examining fire in it’s role as a catalyst for transformation in the environment. Fire profoundly affects the human and animal populations in cycles of destruction and regeneration. This has long been the orbit of my artwork but over the coming year I plan to go much further into the ‘haze’ of fire and it’s environmental, mythological, and creative resonance. In this process I propose to simulate and reflect on this catalytic activity in a large range of works spanning sculpture, artist books, fire effigy videos and paintings. 

BirdFireHuman will map a Human-Animal convergence. This fire-fusing of Bird-Human DNA constitutes a fictional pseudo-science: OrnithAnthroPyrocology , the hypothesis of the proposal…more to come. 

Updraft                    Oil on primed plywood shard                   72 x 41 cm                             2019

 

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Linden Postcard Show 2019

Sick of the arrogance and smug self-serving recklessness of global power mongers, I took a leaf out of Caravaggio’s book and opted to do four little severed “figureheads” in a suite for the Linden Postcard Show this year.

It opens at:

Linden New Art

Friday 22nd November and runs to the 9th of February

26 Acland Street, St Kilda   http://lindenarts.org

MagnatePlatter Oil on Canvas 20 x 25 cm 2019

 

Despot in Fall Oil on Canvas 20 x 25 cm 2019

 

InfernoMan Oil on canvas 20 x 25 cm 2019

 

MobsterLobster Oil on Canvas 20 x 25 cm 2019
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TabulaRasa

TabulaRasa
Oil on Canvas 2018
41 x 41cm

Thinking of the mythic almost alchemical potential of the world’s most vital books. How they get burnt, and also etch, burning into the mind’s eye never to be forgotten.

On exhibition in IMAGE AND TEXT the Mildura Writer’s Festival Art Exhibition at The Art Vault

Open July 17

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Ship’s Carpenter

Ship's Carpenter [asleep in the hold] acrylic on paper 2018
Ship’s Carpenter [asleep in the hold] acrylic on paper 2018
My great great grandfather D L Milne travelled the world as a ship’s carpenter from Montrose, Scotland, before arriving in Australia.

 

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FireLitMan

FirelitMan acrylic on paper 2018

Passing man lighting up other side of venetians at the end of a hard working day

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Incendiary – set on fire

TheBurningWorld Acrylic on paper 100 x 120cm 2018
TheBurningWorld       acrylic on paper    100 x 120cm    2018

 

This large artwork is part of an exciting exhibition project ‘Incendiary – set on fire’ in the UK curated by Australian contemporary art/textiles curator Patricia Brien

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Drawings in ash and rain

This drawing WanderingFlame came about while I was reading Virginia Woolf’s Orlando where references to comets and cosmic tumult were reflecting the grandeur and volatility of Orlando’s personae. Love it. What an extraordinary book.

WanderingFlame graphite on paper 29 x 20 cmT
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Wrath

More Bombings in the middle east this week.. more wrath…

Wrath     oil on canvas 2017

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Collages

This is JupiterShot, a collage I’ve made in the gallery during the Ash exhibition. I draw and paint in such a layered and painstaking way that sometimes it completely blasts the mainframe of my consciousness to make some direct collage.  This work is part of The Book of Fire which you will see more of over time on this site or my instagram

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HedgeBurner

HedgeBurner 2017 oil on linen
HedgeBurner 2017 oil on linen 180 x 85 cm

There was a long spate of hedge fires in the 80’s and 90’s in Melbourne’s leafy burbs. Not sure if they ever caught those involved.

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The Darling River…

RiverSong 2017 oil on linen on timber rondo
RiverSong 2017 oil on linen on timber tondo 59.5 cm diameter

 

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CrashSite

CrashSite 2016 oil on canvas
CrashSite 2016 oil on canvas 83 x 107 cm

This work prefigured a return to drawing for me and seemed to trigger an analysis of the whole september 11 event which was being memorialised at the time.