Author Archives: Rod

New group show at Tussock Upstairs Gallery until December 3

Join us at Tussock Upstairs Gallery in Point Lonsdale on the Bellarine Peninsula to celebrate the opening of ‘Small Works’ by myself and 12 other great painters and printmakers.  Opening on Saturday Nov 4 from 3-5pm and available until December 3. These are two of my works included in the show.

LandFire 2016 oil on timber

LandFire 2016 oil on timber 36 x 24 cm

Temple Fire 2016 Oil on Plywood

Temple Fire 2016
Oil on Plywood

Tussock Upstairs Gallery is pleased to invite you to the opening of

Small Works
Saturday 4 November from 3 to 5pm

This is a great opportunity to see works by thirteen painters and printmakers including Thornton Walker, Martin King, Ros Atkins, Jim Pavlidis, Graeme Drendel, Sonja Hodge, Terry Denton, Erica Wagner, Libby Letcher, Janet Goldman, Damon Kowarsky, Rod Gray and Anne Spudvilas.

There will also be a book launch and signing for Swan Lake, a fully illustrated re-imagining of the classic ballet, told in drawings and monoprints by Anne Spudvilas and published by Allen & Unwin.

For more information contact gallery@tussockupstairs.com.au or call 0418 392 485

Exhibition continues until 3 December
Gallery open 10 to 5 Friday to Monday
Tussock Upstairs Gallery
89 Point Lonsdale Road
Point Lonsdale VIC 3225

 

Drawings in ash and rain

There has been a lot of drawing going on in my practice since I started a sketchbook called the Book of Ash late last year. I discovered the 8B pencil which is very black without being too soft and smudgy and it’s made me fall in love with drawing all over again. If you are not on Instagram you can see the more than fifty posts of these drawings since october last year from the insta feed on my site menu. Check out the #thebookofash #thebookofrain and some early posts from #thebookofnight like the work below.

All these drawings are 20 x 29 cm and are $200 each. It’s best to email direct to purchase. As with the paintings all drawings are signed, dated, titled and have an independent registration number. I can provide framing advice as I do recommend drawings are framed promptly to preserve the freshness and integrity of the work.

WanderingFlame graphite on paper 29 x 20 cmT

Wrath

More Bombings in the middle east this week.. more wrath… This painting is an aftermath, a wish for stillness and reflection. peace and purposeful rebuilding. respect for heritage and others. Is it so much to ask?

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 if you follow this blog or my instagram

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.

I remember thinking that they may have grown up working-poor in the shadow of mansions, like the protagonist in Bruce Springsteen’s Mansion on the Hill from the haunting album Nebraska.

People kept saying ‘we better watch you’ like I was a pyromaniac and it made me quite reflective if not completely empathetic about what might motivate people performing this action. Mental illness, anger are the obvious sources but I make art and when you make art you deal with unconscious or wishful states of being and realisation and so on that level I can relate to the need to see something burn for it to be appreciated, enhanced, transformed, beautiful.