Monday, February 28, 2011

The Art Vault Exhibition at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

This painting is in an exhibition at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery which features works from the Art Vault in Mildura and finishes on 20th March. Some of the artists in the exhibition are Deborah Klein, Rosalind Atkins, Mike Parr, John Catapan, Ex de Medici and Martin King.

The idea of a painting in reverse has been done by a number of artists throughout history. The earliest example is a painting by Cornelius Gijbrechts titled Reversed Painting, 1670, which is at the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. Gijbrechts magnificent work was the inspiration for my own version.

Irreversible, 2005, oil on linen, 61 x 50.5 cm

Friday, February 18, 2011

Doll's House painting in progress

Sometimes I make paintings that are three dimensional, and that means the back and sides of the picture get the same attention as the front. The house section is linen, glued onto MDF with rabbit skin glue. The doors are MDF, but they are conected to the house with real hinges, which allows them to open and close. As the images explain, I made a rough model of a doll's house and fitted it with miniature furniture as a guide to painting the picture.

Doll's House, 2007, oil on linen and MDF, 106.5 x 124.75 cm