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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Revolution of Art exhibition | Invite

REVOLUTION OF ART

A new exhibition opening in Byron Bay on July 24 showcases the urban art phenomenon in a global context. Opening on July 24, on the eve of the Byron’s Splendour in the Grass Festival, Revolution of Art will bring together works from more than 60 invited Australian and international artists for a three-week exposition.

The select group of artists includes the well known, such as Kelsey Brookes (USA) and pop artist Denis Ropar (Adelaide), alongside young and emerging artists from Asia, Australasia, Europe and the US.



It’s the second year that Retrospect Galleries has held an urban art show.

Last year’s exhibition, Where Mighty Giants Dwell, caused a bit of a stir in Byron Bay, because, as Gallery Director, Bree Delian explains, it's not the sort of art that people are used to seeing in what is essentially a big country town.”

“For a start, it’s largely created in the city,” she said.  “And it also brings ‘illicit’ street art such as graffiti and stencilling into the Gallery environment”.

“But this isn’t a new art movement,” she continued. “It’s just something that is new to the area.”

Delian recognises that the show is not likely to be everyone's cup of tea, but she says that Retrospect Galleries has a strong following of people that are really interested in this type of art, as a comment on broader societal issues and the voice of a new generation.

Over the past decade, urban art has become somewhat of a phenomenon. Works by leading graffiti artists such as England’s Banksy have become highly collectable, resulting in interest from Galleries the world over.

For example Banksy (whose actual identity remains a mystery due to pending incarceration), is top of the list of artists represented by Andipa Gallery in London’s Knightsbridge, in the company of Hirst, Bacon, Picasso, Chagall, Lichtenstein and Warhol. He has also recently been honoured with a major solo exhibition at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, called Banksy v Bristol Museum, which, he told bbc.co.uk, "Is the first show I've ever done where taxpayers' money is being used to hang my pictures up rather than scrape them off."

Delian says that Retrospect’s new exhibition will be bigger and better than last year, with more diverse work, to represent the range of styles that are developing under the urban art banner, including street art, pop art and more fine art forms such as collage, drawings, etching, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and watercolours, clothing, jewellery, zines and books.

“Some of the artists, such as Dennis Ropar, Johnny Romeo and Doug Bartlett have art degrees,” she says. “Others have no fine art background but are doing quite well as artists.”  

“For example, Regan Tanamui, AKA Ha Ha who recently exhibited at GOMA,” she continued.  “He’s a self-taught artist who started off spray painting stencils on the street. Eight years and 10 solo exhibitions later, his work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia.”

“All of the artists in the show have something to say about contemporary urban culture and that’s really interesting, especially when you can look at it in a broad international context,” she concluded.

Revolution of Art opens 6 - 9pm Friday July 24, with DJ Slinky, and a live aerosol demo with Sydney street artist, Bennett. It’s on for three weeks, till August 13. The show includes works by international artists Kelsey Brookes (USA), Ginza Lab (Japan), Glass Love (France), Oh Death (UK), Vilchez (Spain) Superboturbo (Netherlands), Rourke Van Dal (UK), Fawn Gehweiler (USA), Fake (UK) and Australian artists Denis Ropar, Doug Bartlett, Johnny Romeo, Regan HA HA Tanamui, Beastman, Justin Williams, Kareem Rizk, Kevin Tran, Brett Chan, Numskull, Miss Link, Bennett, Jeremyville, Timba, Rone, Henson, Troy Archer, Mia Taninaka, Snatchez, Dolores Cupcake, Snick, Darren Bryant, James McMillan, Christian Morrow, plus more.

Byron Bay Echo

Revolution of Art

Street art takes over the gallery walls in Byron Bay

"A new exhibition opening in Byron Bay in Friday July 24 showcases the urban art phenomenon in a global context. Revolution of Art will bring together works from more than 60 invited Australian and international artists for a three week exposition.

The select group of artists includes the well-known, such as painter Kelsey Brookes (USA) and pop artist Denis Ropar (Adelaide), alongside young and emerging artists from Asia, Australia, Europe and the US, who are just starting to make a name for themselves on the urban art scene..."

You can read the article here...

Monday, July 20, 2009

What is Urban Art-

Curating our upcoming show Revolution of Art has taken me the better part of a year. It's been challenging and interesting. I had found so many interesting artists that I liked for the show that I was suddenly confronted with the idea of what is Urban Art• And how would I define that for the collection I was getting ready to exhibit. The more I looked and researched the broader the area this term seemed to encompass. So I decided to show a broad cross-representation of the different styles swimming in the pool of Urban or Underground art.

Of course there is the traditional graff style and stencil artists whose work is getting more and more complicated and intricate as they are embracing fine art techniques. If you look at HaHa's work it is hard to imagine he does not use a brush to get the detail and colour palate that he is drawing on, and Miss Link who won Australian stencil artist of the year, whose delicate work is bringing in a new feminity that I haven't seen much of to stencilling. Then I have tried to showcase the fine drawing style that is coming from an illustrator background with artists such as Beastman and Mia Tanninaka who are often using wood and ink. The list goes on, as does the juxtaposition of styles, we have work by Troy Archer who is using pen and paper, and Kareena Zerefos who is using watercolours and drawing on themes of innocence and childhood. I am excited about some of our great printmakers this year including, Darren Bryant's who recently won two prizes in the 7th British International Mini Print Exhibition - The London Print Studio Prize, which is a residency at London Print Studio, and the Printmaking Today Prize, an editorial feature in the UK based Printmaking Today magazine. We have photography from James Looker and Snatchez using new and old photographic techniques and a series from Byron Bay photographer Jeff Dawson on the Burning Man Festival. Of course we have works that border on a new retro-ism and pop art from artists like Dennis Ropar and Doug Bartlett as well as emerging artists Kareem Rizk and Kevin Tran and bold colourist Johnny Romeo. Its a great show and this list hasn't helped our definition, I guess what I am trying to say is that I don't want to limit anyone's imagination by labelling, come to the show and let me know what you think, or feel free to make a comment below!!

It’s an exciting time to be a gallery showcasing Urban Art in Australia! We are still so far behind the UK and USA in terms of collectors appreciation of this genre of work, many of our great artists including Mark Whelan (Kill Pixie) and Anthony Lister have had to go to America to try and break into the scene there to get recognition and the prices they deserve. But the more I have researched the more excited I am about this talented group of Australia artists. I truly believe that there is an individuality coming through in some of the work in the Urban Art Scene today that is challenging and standing up to the standards of work being produced in USA and the UK. This is truly a good time to invest in this style of art as well, as I believe it is only a matter of time before some of the names you will see in this show will increase in value as well as recognition in Australia and overseas.

Probably the best way to end this post is to put in some words that Troy Archer sent me about his ideas on Urban Art..

-Bree Delian | Director Retrospect Galleries

"Imagine getting a criminal record for playing cricket in the park or for jogging along the waterfront, sounds crazy hey! Well for thousands of street and urban artists this is a reality, their 'jogging along the waterfront' is painting in public, under bridges, on condemned buildings, ultimately out in the public space for all to see, it's what they do to escape the realities of the day-to-day. These guys and girls are most often referred to as graffiti artists, vandals, troublemakers and juvenile delinquents; the work they create is in most cases illegal. But in recent years these 'beautiful losers' (google that and be amazed) are now regularly packing and selling out fine art galleries and museums the world over. Names like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Blek La Rat, and more recently Banksy and Shepard Fairey have thrown open the doors of the art worlds conscience beyond imagination itself.  What was once a 'tag' on a bus
shelter has become a multi-million dollar phenomenon; street art and the losers that make it are officially and firmly planted in the art world. English artist Banksy has never shown his face, he can't due to immanent incarceration if his identity is learned, he has illegally stencilled and brushed his way into the history books of contemporary art via brazen and ridiculously creative acts of modern artery. Banksy isn't alone, there are exciting stories of artists the world over, creating amazing works under alias or in complete anonymity. And of course Australia is dropping paint on the heels of the art world with some of the most amazing talent and passion in this genre, gaining almost as much recognition as Ken Done did when he hit the art headlines of the 80's. Names like Kill Pixie, Dmote, Beastman and plenty more are trailblazing their way to art stardom and the trail of thought and creativity is worth collecting. Keep an eye out for the public samples, they come for free, then head to Retrospect Galleries to immerse yourself further and start your collection. You'll be amazed at the work a bunch of delinquents can make when they are safely out of harms way." Troy Archer

Surreal look at animals, humans and nature

For her debut solo show, The Exquisite Beast, Alstonville artist Laura Skerlj has drawn inspiration from the Surrealists of the early 20th century.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

NEW ARTWORKS - by Kelsey Brookes

We had two great paintings last year from American Urban artist Kelsey Brookes for our Where Mighty Giants Dwell exhibition and congratulations on the couple from Brisbane who bought one of his masterpieces, and now we have three new paintings, (one is actually a triptych- so does that make it 5-) I am so excited to get some of Kelsey's new work and so should you be, you will have to come to the Revolution of Art exhibition to see them in the flesh and you will know what I am talking about. They are almost hallucinogenic, three dimensional and thought provoking.

This painting is called the Birth of Garuda and is my favourite peice of the works coming from Kelsey, the other two are fantastic too, you will have to check out his gallery page for 'Between a forgotten Beginning' and a secret ending and 'Fine Feathers."

Click here to see his artist profile

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

NEW WORKS - Donna Malone

Donna Malone grew up in Sydney, raised her 4 children in the Byron Shire, and is a now, a full time practising and exhibiting artist, based in Brisbane.


Well her new work speaks for itself and has been getting a great response, we at Retrospect love the moodiness of her work and her depth of emotion. Donna brought in this great work, ink on Saunders Waterford paper for us called "I can't keep track of each fallen robin..."a mysterious watery figure freefalling through time and place. It lasted about five days on the wall, but you all deserve to have a look at it so we are posting it anyway..

Donna says "I have always responded to life by Drawing. Drawing daily is a necessity for me and keeps me connected to myself. I am an instinctual artist who uses a diverse range of materials and techniques in a compelled and impulsive way. I am interested in spontaneity, paradox, the liminal (spaces between), indigenous culture, anamorphism and the human form." 

Click here to see Donna's artist profile

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

NEW WORKS - by Hilary Herrmann

Hilary is motivated to paint by the need to express her thoughts and imagination. The figures, creatures and visual references often reflect a wide-ranging curiosity and reference. A diverse range of sources that include fragments and abstractions from world mythologies, the kabbalah, poetry, novels, current affairs and personal memory.

Hilary brought in this delightful series of five gorgeous 200 x 300mm paintings (only three left now) and we are really happy with how they have turned out. They are called voices in my head, internal flight, small blue thoughts, thoughts of a blue bird and many shapes form my dreams. This series of work relates to the place where we collect our hopes, fantasies, anxieties and fears… They are part of us, and filter out in everyday connections with the world. Sometimes there is an inability to control these feelings and urges. Sometimes these are acceptable social norms but sometimes they are not. They can be as harmless as a daydream and this work is about safe places to escape.

Click here to see her new work and artist profile..

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

NEW WORKS - by Mia Taninaka

For those of you waiting for new Mia Taninaka paintings and for those of you who don't know who she is because her work sells out so fast don't worry, we have three new paintings  In the true style of Mia, who mixes shamanistic elements, nature and anthropomorphism these delight the senses taking us to a world where the sea is reclaiming what was once its own...

This painting is called The Mothership, and the photo does little justice to the intricate detail and texture of her work, but you can get an idea.

Check out Mia's artist profile and see her other available works of art.

 

Retrospect Galleries is excited to offer specially commissioned limited edition fine art prints featuring works by some of our most popular artists. Printed using the highest quality giclee art reproduction printer on 100% cotton rag, these works will last longer than you, they are museum grade archival so rest assured you are buying a great quality product. This is a great way to purchase collectable works at an unbeatable price. All prints are $90 each or $190 framed. Check out the most recent additions to our collection.

Jan Van Dijk shows extensively in Brisbane, Sydney and now Byron Bay. He has just released his artist book 'Jan Van Dijk: A Reverse Chronology 2008 - 2006' and is included in many significant collections. From solo exhibitions based on aerial photos of urban landscapes to the haunting beauty of Wonder Wheels, his subject choices are broad, but the execution is acute, and always exciting.

A gallery favourite, we all have an 'art crush' on Jan and his wonderful thick oil paints. His most recent works focused on myth and this fabulous series of myth jockeys were so evocative and appropriate in this time of economic mythology that we had to release them as a series of three prints.

Just hung this week, some great low numbers are still available, don't miss out on a piece of Jan who is trecking around Germany somewhere lining up a forthcoming show in Berlin, we'll keep you informed.

Check out some more of his great paintings here

 

Retrospect Galleries is excited to offer specially commissioned limited edition fine art prints featuring works by some of our most popular artists. Printed using the highest quality giclee art reproduction printer on 100% cotton rag, these works will last longer than you, they are museum grade archival so rest assured you are buying a great quality product. This is a great way to purchase collectable works at an unbeatable price. All prints are $90 each or $190 framed. Check out the most recent additions to our collection.

James Looker and Xavier Rudd

James is a self taught photographer, born and raised on the south coast of Australia. With no formal training, he draws inspiration from the world around him, using a variety of techniques to create and capture images. His work takes him to all corners of the world allowing him to gather insight to cultures, life and people in distant places. His greatest accomplishment to date is his limited edition 70 page photo-journal of life on the road with roots musician, Xavier Rudd. Documenting the sights on the road as well a close intimate view of recording, touring and playing music. 

This fantastic set of prints is handsigned by both James and Xavier, a unique collaberation that sees a seamless blend of photography and song lyrics, landscape and emotion. We released this fantastic set of three prints for Jame's solo show at Easter when Xavier played at the Blues and Roots Festical in Byron Bay.

These prints rightly sold like wildfire and there are only about 10 sets yet, for those of you who have not purchased them yet do not delay. Each set of prints comes with an original certificate of authenticity from James Looker.

 See his profile

Retrospect Galleries is excited to offer specially commissioned limited edition fine art prints featuring works by some of our most popular artists. Printed using the highest quality giclee art reproduction printer on 100% cotton rag, these works will last longer than you, they are museum grade archival so rest assured you are buying a great quality product. This is a great way to purchase collectable works at an unbeatable price. All prints are $90 each or $190 framed. Check out the most recent additions to our collection.

James McMillan doesn't like rules; never has. It was one of the reasons why he quit the Quiksilver surf and snow tour not long after being ranked 7th in the world. "I like being creative, and the creative spirit is all about freedom and no rules! It's about being a kid. I like the chaos of 10 ideas at once and then the structure of producing just one. It's a nice balance of chaos and peace!"
Apart from his University studies on the Surrealist movement of the 20's-60's and a Visual Art degree, James is a self-taught painter living in Byron Bay.

James' paintings combine multi layers of acrylics, spraypaint and ink, juxtaposing them with his own surreal and sometimes moody interpretations of life. This is why the team at Retrospect are so excited about releaseing this series of Six amazing prints; Prey, Everything, Beautiful, Balance, Trust and Summerland. If you buy the series of six, we have a special discount of 10% for the set all Framed in our funky white box frames, and they truly look amazing as a complete collection! You can also request the same edition number for your set.

Check out his artist profile

Retrospect Galleries is excited to offer specially commissioned limited edition fine art prints featuring works by some of our most popular artists. Printed using the highest quality giclee art reproduction printer on 100% cotton rag, these works will last longer than you, they are museum grade archival so rest assured you are buying a great quality product. This is a great way to purchase collectable works at an unbeatable price. All prints are $90 each or $190 framed. Check out the most recent additions to our collection. 

Johnny Romeo is an Australian born painter. His work is critically acclaimed in its attempt to represent a visual type of poetic and rhythmic blending of word, symbol and image. Referred to as a bombastic neo expressionist pure pop painter with a lot to say about modern life, his work deals with the way we construct our identities from the vast array of images that pop culture immerses us in. His work centres on pop culture, cultural homogenisation, the failures of blind consumerism, media saturation, celebrity fetish and brand name heroes. 

We are sooo excited to release this series of twelve amazing prints Aero Public, Blues Cotton Lizard, Butcher Bird Roller Towel, Dove Kidney Zoo, Foreign Film Tobacco, Gasp Vacuum, Mr. Urge Bells, Myth Mash TV Set, Semi Tube Beach, Shot Scar, Skid, Skull Shave and Slender Grey TV Dinner.
If you buy five or more from the series, we have a special 10% discount off the total price for them all Framed in our funky white box frames, and they truly look amazing as a complete collection! You can also request the same edition number for your set.

Check out his artist profile

Retrospect Galleries is excited to offer specially commissioned limited edition fine art prints featuring works by some of our most popular artists. Printed using the highest quality giclee art reproduction printer on 100% cotton rag, these works will last longer than you, they are museum grade archival so rest assured you are buying a great quality product. This is a great way to purchase collectable works at an unbeatable price. All prints are $90 each or $190 framed. Check out the most recent additions to our collection. 

A Byron Bay local, John Cottrell is a favourite of this not so sleepy seaside community. These are a series or stunning art reproductions from John's earlier Gouache Paintings.

 

 

They are all journey paintings and take us on a spiritual and physical journey rich with intricate detail and symbolism. These paintings all sold out and are now for the first time these prints will be released in a limited edition print run. This is your chance to collect these amazing earlier works of John Cottrell at fabulous prices. Its funny to see how these works fit in so well in 2009 even though some are over twenty years old. John must be a man ahead of his time.

Check out his artist profile!

Retrospect Galleries is excited to offer specially commissioned limited edition fine art prints featuring works by some of our most popular artists. Printed using the highest quality giclee art reproduction printer on 100% cotton rag, these works will last longer than you, they are museum grade archival so rest assured you are buying a great quality product. This is a great way to purchase collectable works at an unbeatable price. All prints are $90 each or $190 framed. Check out the most recent additions to our collection. 



The Dynamic Duo Doug Bartlett bring you three brilliant prints of original paintings. Their work has tripled in value in 18 months but these Retrospect Editions enable many of their fans to get a set of three at a price everyone can afford.

They come from a series of three amazing prints; Controversy, In the Now, You're Absolutely Fabulous. These look great as a complete set of three, framed in our funky white box frames! You can also request the same edition number. Check out their artist profile here.

Check out thier artist of the month interview

Also coming up is Global Boom a fantastic Doug Bartlett solo show in September

And for the real fans, students or art loves don't miss out on our dinner conversation with Nick Morris and Dave Bowers

Retrospect Galleries is excited to offer specially commissioned limited edition fine art prints featuring works by some of our most popular artists. Printed using the highest quality giclee art reproduction printer on 100% cotton rag, these works will last longer than you, they are museum grade archival so rest assured you are buying a great quality product. This is a great way to purchase collectable works at an unbeatable price. All prints are $90 each or $190 framed. Check out the most recent additions to our collection. 



Sydney based artist Lang Leav uses pastels and pixels to weave the enchanting world of Akina. Since it's inception in 2005, the illustration based fashion label has established a cult following worldwide. In 2005, Akina was selected as winner of the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards judged by industry heavyweights such as Peter Morrissey. Later, the label went on to inspire a documentary that aired internationally on ABC television in 2006. As well as critical acclaim, Akina has achieved commercial success, being sold through key boutiques in Australia and Japan.

Its very exciting to release these three prints from such an incredible young artist. These prints come from a series of three beautiful Limited edition prints. They are: Little Match Girl, Miss Liliput and The Little Mermaid. If you buy the series of three prints, we have a special 10% discount off the total price for them all Framed in our funky white box frames, and … [show full description]they truly look amazing as a complete collection! You can also request the same edition number for your set.

Check out her artist profile

Retrospect Galleries is excited to offer specially commissioned limited edition fine art prints featuring works by some of our most popular artists. Printed using the highest quality giclee art reproduction printer on 100% cotton rag, these works will last longer than you, they are museum grade archival so rest assured you are buying a great quality product. This is a great way to purchase collectable works at an unbeatable price. All prints are $90 each or $190 framed. Check out the most recent additions to our collection.  

These have been selling like hotcakes, Luke Taaffe's bold and dangerous interpretations of sea-faring adventures have captured the imagination of the masses. Released during Easter there are only about twenty sets left, so don't leave it too late to grab your set.

They come from a series of three amazing prints Kamakurra View, Last Fish from Koolewong and Sea of Forgotten. If you purchase the three prints from the series, we have a special 10% discount off the total price for them all Framed in our funky white box frames, and they truly look amazing as a complete collection! You can also request the same edition number for your set.

Don't forget to visit his artist profile to see more of his works.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

NEW ARTIST - Justin Williams

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

NEW ARTIST - Kevin Tran

Kevin Tran is a 23 year old, Sydney-born artist/ illustrator/ graphic designer. Kevin's artwork straddles two distinct aesthetics. On one end, Kevin gives life to hybrid animal collages by embedding found objects and ephemeral textures and then adding layers of acrylic, ink and gauche. On the other, Kevin depicts a cast of often unsettling characters by combining delicate pencil line-work and intricate repetition of patterns with subdued, muted tones.

We have some fantastic limited edition prints of Kevin's coming to our next group show Revolution of Art.

Check out his profile here..

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

NEW ARTIST - Dennis Ropar

As one of Melbourne's most renowned contemporary pop-artists, Dennis has, for the past decade, pushed and blurred boundaries to the extreme. His extraordinary range of imagery, borrowed primarily from American advertising icons, classic pop- art, Varga girls, cartoon heroes and wild west archetypes, rococo romps, war and religious iconographies; blends and morphs into an eclectic, manic melding of images evolving into the unique signature style that is ROPAR. With his persistent investigation into both the internal and external edifices of the self and of society, Ropars' works continue to compel us to contemplate our own existence within current culture and society.

Dennis has three amazing paintings on their way for our fantastic Urban art show Revolution of Art. You can also check out his artist profile.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

NEW ARTIST - Craig Martin

Craig has seen himself as a high flying trapeze artist and coach, a guide on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a social director on cruise ships, a bit of an actor and dancer, an international flight attendant and an illustrator and still has no idea what he wants to be. Although having received no formal art training Craig is still rarely seen more than an arms reach from his creative tools and has been fortunate enough to find the right person at the right time to help take his craft that little bit further. The official beginning to his illustrating career unexpectedly began in Dubai 2006 when his work caught the eye of an art director for a United Arab Emirates magazine. Since then he has enjoyed the development of a career that seems to guide him more than he guides it.

See Craig's artist profile

 

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

NEW ARTIST - Rachael Bartram

Rachel Bartram was born and raised on the Gold Coast and has been practising art since finishing high school. In 2008 she completed a degree in Bachelor of Visual Media (major in Fine Art) at Q.C.A on the Gold Coast, in 2008. She went on to enrol in a B.V.A Honours program, investigating ideas relating to visual narrative, the silhouette image, drawing/mark making, family history and the dream state.

Check out her artist profile..

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

NEW ARTIST - Kareem Rizk

 

Kareem Rizk is a Melbourne based Australian artist who graduated from Monash University (Caulfield) in 2004 with a Bachelor in Graphic Design. Exhibitions include solo shows and group shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles, Washington DC, London, Barcelona and Milan. Rizk's work has been published in numerous magazines and books including Art Review, Empty magazine, Day In The Lyfe, Idea Fixa ‘Greatest Hits‘, Advanced Photoshop, ROJO magazine, Trip magazine, Design Graphics, Semi-Permanent Book 2007 & 2009, Computer Arts, Don’t Panic magazine and Desktop magazine.

We're exited to get a selection of orginals and prints from Kareem for our upcoming show Revolution of Art

Check out his artist profile

 


This is part of fantastic series of artist talks being launched by our tireless team here at Retrospect Galleries, an intimate evening with fantastic conversation and food. Perfect for the collector, student and art- lover alike, these talks give you a greater insight into the artistic process of the featured artists and also encourage questions from the audience. These talks are inspirational, educational, exciting and definitely not to be missed!

 

September 24, 2009, 6pm-9.30 pm

Nick Morris and Dave Bowers talk about the joys and challenges of working in collaboration, and reveal the inspiration behind their images and unique working arrangement. Fantastic two course meal & glass of wine at Why Not, Tickets $40 a head. There are limited tickets available and we are already selling them fast, avoid disappointment, book early to secure your seat!

Pop is a Melbourne based snow, skate, art, lifestyle publication that has a
strong online following. Its a pretty cool mag and they have put up a link about our fantastic Urban show Revolution of Art.

Check out the link here

Monday, July 06, 2009

Artist of the month: Doug Bartlett.

Each month we will bring to you a new artist of the month, an exclusive interview with unusual questions. Get to know your favourite artists, get the inside information here deep inside the Retrospect blog! This merry month of July we are introducing Doug Bartlett. You’ve seen their art, did you really know them like you think you did-

Doug Bartlett is the name given to the energy created when Nick Morris and Dave Bowers work together on the same canvas. The two artists graduated from Monash University (Caulfield) in 1986, both with Diplomas in Graphic Design. They have worked together in the Street / Surf / Art subculture since 1990. Recent exhibitions include Spacejunk in France and xx Gallery Hong Kong. With collectors buying from all over the country and also internationally it’s boomtown for Doug Bartlett and his lackeys.

Click to see their artist profile

ARTIST OF THE MONTH | DOUG BARTLETT

Right now I am… I am skinning a 120kg pig.

The person who has most influenced my art is…. Me

My favourite artist is … Me

I’m inspired to start a new work when…. I’ve had my fifth long neck (750ml) of cold beer

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I am at my most creative/productive when… I’m angry

I usually start my day by… Coughing up blood

I am currently reading…. Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Friedrich Nietzche

The book that changed my life is… Lord of the Flies. William Golding.
Laid out a clear path for me to follow as a young man

My favourite album of all time is… I wanna make you my lady.  Mark Holden



My favourite film of all time is… Death in Venice

When I am working I like to listen to… Silence, or the gentle sounds of a chainsaw or gunfire

It makes me smile when… My partner dons his gardening gear 

I get angry about… Ten thirty or so ( in the morning)

My three most valued possessions are… My guns, my bullets and my beer and Lovers…….

The three things in life I could never give up are …Pork, Grog and hunting

If I was stranded on a desert island I would want…A gun

If I could travel anywhere back and forth in time, I would go … Back to Mauritius to eat the last dodo.  

If I was elected Prime Minister of Australia the first thing I would do is… No child over the age of 12 will be without a firearm.

My dream dinner party of six would include…. Gordon Ramsay, Bruce Ruxton, John Laws, Alan Jones, Pauline Hansen and Nelson Mandela

If it were my party, I would serve… Beer and meat

The achievement I am most proud of is… When I ate that dodo

My most embarrassing moment was… When I vomited on the Queen

The craziest thing I have ever done was… I have never done anything crazy

The most valuable lesson I have learned in life is… Get money off people…

When I die, I would like my gravestone to say… Here lieth the greatest artiste and gentleman of his age. Or maybe a highly advanced ape. R.I.P.

If a young person told me they wanted to be like me when they grow up, I would tell them…Dream on you little shit.

I wish I had listened when my parents told me…  Piss off Doug

I hope my art.…. Touches people

My legacy to the world will be… A few paintings. A few less feral pigs…….



If I wasn’t an artist I would like to be…. A Spanish whore or female mud wrestler

The Australian Stencil Art Prize aims to recognize and reward stencil artists in Australia. The winning work will receive a $500 cash prize and one lucky finalist will receive a free print run of 10,000 postcards thanks to Avant Card.

This year Miss Link won the prize with this wonderful work of art 'Nesting' that is an edition of 10 only and will be for sale in the Revolution of art Exhibition opening on the 24th July.

The Exquisite Beast

"It’s Midwinter, the time of year when Persephone travels to the underworld and ritual celebrations follow the shortest day of the year as we head towards spring and times of harvest and fertility. This transformation of the seasons is being mirrored in Laura Skerlj’s debut solo ‘The Exquisite Beast’ and a fantastic group show now on at Retrospect Galleries highlighting metamorphosis, hybridity, folklore, shape shifting and the darkly poetic emergence of the feminine subconscious in art.
We invite you to join us for an exciting panel with four of our beloved women artists who will discuss the inspiration and processes held in their subconscious and what they draw on to create their multi-layered masterpieces. Retrospect Galleries Curator Bree Delian will host this talk and the panel consists of Michelle Dawson, (shortlisted for the CBA 2009 Crichton Award for Best New Illustrator) Hilary Herrmann, Cornelia Burless (finalist in the Prometheus art award 2009) and Laura Skerlj. We invite audience involvement and will be taking questions from the floor.

The talk will be held at Retrospect Galleries on Sunday 6th July at 1 pm and tickets will be limited to 30. We only have about 10 tickets left, so please book your place now. Cost is $15 including aromatic mulled wine and sumptuous fruits.
Please call us on 6680 8825 or email us at admin@retrospectgalleries.com to secure your place.
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We look forward to seeing you there

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Our favourite young photographer James Looker is the featured artist in this months Desktop Create Magazine. Check out his great work in the following pages..

 

Wine flowed, musicians played and art lovers from near and far gathered to celebrate Retrospect Galleries’ first year of business at their new premises on Jonson Street in Byron Bay.

The event was held just a day before the public opening of Retrospect’s Christmas show, 12 x 12, affording VIP guests the opportunity to preview over 300 works in miniature – including drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, and art/design objects, from more than 50 East Coast artists.

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 There’s pieces by Torquay based Doug Bartlett (renowned for their colourful collages of street/surf/art subculture), Brisbane’s Nic Plowman, Sydney surf artist Luke Taaffe and well known locals including photographers Alberto Sanchez, Jeff Dawson and David Young, and artists Jan Rae, Noel Hart, John Cottrell and Dolores Cupcake.

First to sell at the VIP event was Luke Taffe’s triptych, The Wreck, a work in ink and acrylic on recycled wood, depicting the tale of the two female backpackers who climbed onto the wreck at Byron Bay not so long ago, screaming ‘shark’.



Photos from Jeff Dawson’s, The Burning Man series, also proved popular.  The series depicts Dawsons’ experience of The Burning Man Festival in 2008, which he describes as ‘like being in a Salvador Dali painting’.

Emerging Artist Laura Skerlj’s three pieces created a sensation selling out in the first day. Her haunting painting with an embracing anthropomorphic crow and dog bought by local architect, Harley Graham, has so far proved to be the show favourite and would have sold many times over.



Retrospect Galleries’ owner, Bree Delain, says, “In addition to showcasing affordable works by some of our most popular artists, we also wanted to offer an opportunity to some of the new artists who have approached us with requests to exhibit their work.”

“The response has been amazing. We were inundated with submissions to the point that unfortunately we did have to turn some works away. “Based on this response, we are considering holding 12 x 12 as an annual affordable arts show, because it helps a lot of artists to get their work out there in peak tourist season and with prices being so affordable, we also hope the show will encourage people to think more broadly than boxer shorts, and give art for Christmas.”

A SPECIAL KIND OF VISION A RUNAWAY SUCCESS

Artists and art lovers gathered at Retrospect Galleries on Thursday March 5th to celebrate the launch of a new publication celebrating contemporary Aboriginal art of the Northern Rivers region.  

A stunning 84-page full colour publication, A Special Kind of Vision showcases diverse contemporary work from 26 local Indigenous artists, who were selected from almost 70 Indigenous artists surveyed across the region last year.


The publication is a first for Indigenous artists in the region and across the state. It shines the light on some of the incredibly talented artists living in the region, including established artists such as Digby Moran, Garth Lena and Karla Dickens, as well as talented emerging artists such as Joanne Lapic, who are just starting their careers.



The book is also evidence of the exceptional work happening in a region that has, until now, struggled to be visible on the national Indigenous arts landscape.

The launch of the book also included a preview of an exhibition of works by 25 of the featured artists, which is on now at Retrospect Galleries, until March 26.



Lois Randall, CEO of Arts Northern Rivers believes that the public will be overwhelmed by the exceptional standard and range of works included in this exhibition.

 “I encourage everyone to go to Retrospect Galleries and see for themselves how stunning the artwork is, and to buy a copy of the book as well,” she says.

A Special Kind of Vision was launched by Chris Bonney, Program Officer for the Australia Council for the Arts’ Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Unit, who flew up from Sydney for the event.

 

LOCAL ARTIST STEVEN GIESE CASTS SPELL IN MARINE VISIONS FINE ART AWARD

Lismore based artist Steven Giese’s oil painting, A Spell for Protection against Sharks, was the winner of this year’s Fine Art award at Retrospect Galleries’ annual Marine Visions exhibition.



Giese says his winning work is about magic.  “The sharks symbolise not just themselves but a whole host of threats like economic collapse and self harm,” he comments.  “Sometimes you have to pull energy towards yourself and be strong.”

Giese certainly pulled the energy towards himself last week, with judges for the event selecting his work from over 60 finalists in this year’s competition.  The local artist and art teacher walked away with almost $1,000 in prizes.



Marine Visions is organised annually by Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay, in conjunction with the Byron Underwater Festival.

Retrospect Galleries Director Bree Delian says she was pleased with the exceptional standard of entries for this year’s event and the interest that Marine Visions is now generating around the country and abroad.

“With the event in its third year, the entries just keep getting better,” she says. “This year we received submissions from around Australia and New Zealand, including works from quite some well known artists. “For example Sydney based photographer James Morgan, who took out this year’s Photography Award, was a former UK Newspapers Young Photographer of the Year and has photographed anything and everything in his career, including the Royal family.”


Of course, there’s also a whole host of fantastic local artists who made it through as finalists and their work is on display now as part of the show, she adds.

“Marine Visions is a great opportunity to enjoy a diverse representation of work, from abstract conceptual to photorealism, to playful representations,” Bree says.

“All the finalists’ works are hanging in the Gallery and there are certainly some interesting artists worth the visit including familiar names John Cottrell, Hilary Hermann, Anna Nordstrom, Anne Leon, Frances Belle Parker, Erica Mayer, Garth Lena and Gwanji Monks, to name a few.”

Marine Visions is an open competition and exhibition of 2 and 3D art exploring life on the coast, in the surf and deep down underwater.

 

In between gigs at Bluesfest last weekend, Xavier Rudd spent time at Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay, with good friend, photographer, James Looker. Retrospect is hosting an exhibition of Looker’s images, a collection of works from his recently published, limited edition photojournal, celebrating six years on the road with the Aussie blues roots maestro.



24 year-old Looker describes his first meeting with Xavier Rudd as “a chance encounter between a musician drawn to photography and a photographer drawn to music”.

That was six years ago and the two obviously clicked.

Barely 18, he was invited to join Rudd’s retinue in the role of Production Manager, touring with the musician and his band, around Australia and the world.

*Pic - Photographer James Looker and Retrospect Galleries director Bree Delian

Looker’s collection of photographs document this incredible time on the road, travelling with Rudd to New York City, Montreal, Arnhem Land, the Rocky Mountains and beyond, with plenty of roadside stops in between. He describes the show as “a pictorial collection of travel, inspiration and life”, capturing everything from the excitement of Rudd’s shows, to his work in the studio, his collaborations with other musicians and communities, to the stillness of solitary moments in the outback and the surf.



The photos are mainly black and white, taken with a variety of vintage cameras, including his favourite, a rare old Polaroid, which produces moody miniatures with a quirky 1950s edge.



Limited edition and one-off medium format photographic prints of Looker’s images are available as part of the show and copies of Looker’s photojournal are also for sale - one of 2,000 signed and numbered copies. Checkout James Looker's artist profile and limited edition photos for sale online at Retrospect Galleries.

We have also released exclusively at Retrospect Galleries as part of our Retrospect Editions a fantastic set of prints is hand-signed by both James and Xavier, a unique collaboration that sees a seamless blend of photography and song lyrics, landscape and emotion. We released this fantastic set of three prints for Jame's solo show at Easter when Xavier played at the Blues and Roots Festival in Byron Bay.

These prints rightly sold like wildfire and there are only about 10 sets yet, for those of you who have not purchased them yet do not delay. Each set of prints comes with an original certificate of authenticity from James Looker.

Check out his artist profile and cool works


 

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