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Incendiary – new exhibition in the UK at The Pound, Corsham

Due to COVID 19 this is a closed exhibition. Below is the large work on paper from the exhibition.
There will be further iterations of this exhibiting ensemble. Thanks to curator Patricia Brien for her sublime vision, patience and fortitude during the crisis.
This artwork drew on images from New South Wales fires from the 70’s and seems almost tame now given our horror 2019-20 fire season. I still love it. It was a beautiful process making it.
TheBurningWorld Acrylic on paper 100 x 150cm 2017

 

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Linden Postcard Show 2019-2020

MagnatePlater oil on canvas

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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 2019-2020

These four decapitated rogues were in the Linden Postcard Show over summer

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.